The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

Tortilla soup as it should me, everyone loves this....and it's from the Houston Jr. League "Stop and Smell the Rosemary".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the tortillas, garlic, cilantro and onion, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, bringing to a boil.
  4. Add cumin, chili powder and bay leaves.
  5. Add chicken stock and return to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat.
  7. Add salt and cayenne and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Remove bay leaves and stir in shredded chicken.
  9. Garnish with Monterrey Jack cheese and avocado, and sour cream and fried tortillas if desired.


Most Helpful

I made this last night for my BF and two of his male friends. It was completely gone. They loved it!! I cooked the chicken according to the "Crock Pot Shredded Chicken in Beer" recipe and let it simmer for another hour or so after I shredded it so it would absorb as much of that flavor as possible. I added diced green and red peppers with the onions, cilantro, and tortillas, and then added a can of whole kernel corn and a can of black beans with the chicken stock. I put it on low and let it simmer uncovered for about an hour and a half, stirring every 15-20 minutes or so. I didn't even have to add the cayenne pepper. The taste was concentrated and spicy and the broth thickened to our liking. I served it with shredded cheese, fried corn tortilla crisps, and sour cream on the side. Will DEFINITELY be making this again. Thank you so much LorenLou!

Beanie06 March 31, 2011

Awesome soup! I used 1/4t Chipotle instead of the cayenne (and it was plenty spicy) I also didn't have any corn tortillas, so I used 2 flour ones instead. Next time I'll definitely get use corn tortillas.. And like other reviewers, I added a can of rinsed/drained black beans and a can of corn. I'm glad I did because otherwise there would have been way too much broth for our liking. Thanks for the recipe!

TattooedMamaof2 March 08, 2011

So easy, so flavorful. This has become a new family favorite. Using a rotisserie chicken makes an easy recipe even easier Who'd a thunk that the corn torillas would basically "melt" into the soup as a thickener. I've made this twice in the past two weeks and plan to take a double bathch to a Super Bowl party.

Tintern February 02, 2010

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