El Torito Chicken Tortilla Soup

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Teddys Mommy

Recipe from El Torito Mexican restaurant, Los Angeles, CA. Source Los Angeles Times 12-26-96.

Top Review by HealRacMT

I used to work for El Torito for 2 & 1/2 years and ate this soup most of my shifts. I made this recipe and it was EXACTLY the same! I was amazed! I like to add just a dallop of sour cream to my bowl. It's delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Poach chicken breast in simmering chicken broth until done through, about 10 minutes.
  2. Set aside until cool enough to handle and shred.
  3. Combine chicken broth, chicken, red onion, carrots, potato, tomato paste, bay leaf, garlic, chipotle and jalapeno chilies, oregano, cumin and salt and pepper in large saucepan.
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Correct seasoning, if necessary.
  6. Add zucchini, squash, pepper, lime juice and Sherry.
  7. Bring again to boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  9. Add cilantro and mint.
  10. Stir, then remove from heat.
  11. To assemble, fry tortilla strips in hot oil until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  12. Ladle soup into each bowl.
  13. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and tortilla strips.
  14. Garnish each bowl with avocado slice and sprig cilantro. Serve at once.

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