My Personal Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa De Tortilla)

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 hr

I have many recipes on how to make Tortilla Soup, even the ones from Ninfa's, Mansion on Turtle Creek, Felix's, etc. But none really equaled the Tortilla Soup my housekeeper made during my stay in Mexico. This is as close as I can come to her recipe. Good Tasting!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large, heavy pot, heat oil over moderate high heat. Add half the tortilla strips and cook, stirring, until pale golden, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining tortilla strips. Set cooked strips aside in warm oven.
  2. Reduce heat to moderate low. Add onion, garlic and spices; cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, corn, bay leaves, salt, ¼ cup cilantro, and one third of the tortilla strips. Bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes; remove bay leaves. Add chicken and bring soup back to simmer; cook until just done, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. To serve, put the remaining tortilla strips in bowls, top with avocado and cheese, and pour in soup. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


Most Helpful

This was excellent, and very easy to make. I made baked flour tortilla strips instead of fried corn srips. And I skipped the coriander & cilantro because I don't like either. Half the batch was made with the chicken, and the other half with some pinto beans I cooked up. The avocado and lime are a must! Thanks for a great recipe.

4Susan July 10, 2007

This soup is delicious!! I did as someone else suggested which was bake my flour tortillas, and I also added mushrooms and zucchini. Yummers!! I will be eating on this for a while. Thank you, Witch Doctor. =)

Pansori October 29, 2009

This was a MAJOR HIT! Loved it! Thanks for a GREAT recipe!

ferreirp October 13, 2009

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