The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Ever

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is the best chicken tortilla soup I have ever eaten. I've tried countless versions and this is by far what chicken tortilla soup should be. I experimented with many recipes to come up with this one. Please try and see if you agree.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot, boil chicken until done.
  2. Cool and debone.
  3. In a skillet, saute onion in oil.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 45 minute.
  5. to mingle the seasonings.
  6. Serve with monteray jack cheese and tortilla chips and avocado.
Most Helpful

My husband's been pleading with me to make tortilla soup. He says it's the best he's EVER had - couldn't stop making yummy noises every time he had some. He's a very picky eater, so that's saying a lot. I was apprehensive about combining the beef and chicken broths, but there's a very pleasing complexity of flavors, when combined with the other ingredients. I didn't have any onion, so I used about 1/3 cup of dry onion flakes (still browned in oil, as recipe calls for), and it turned out great - one less step and no tears, plus I'm all for having less dishes to wash! It makes a lot, and I thought I would have to freeze some, but it was gone in 2-3 days! I will definitely keep the ingredients in my pantry from now on. Aside from the chicken, everything else can be stored in the pantry until needed, if you use the dried onion flakes. I would imagine that you could probably even use a roasted rotisserie, if you wanted, to make it even easier. I used the broth from boiling the chicken to make a different soup. Great on a cold evening! I served it with reduced fat Mexican blend shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and a dollop of reduced fat sour cream (no avocado). Very filling. Very yummy.

Pink Papillon January 27, 2011

I've been making this soup for years (sorry for the late rating!) It's always a hit and the taste is GREAT. I keep the recipe on my Palm Pilot so when I'm in the mood I've got my shopping list in my hand. Great recipe!!!!

Gillian Spence October 13, 2008

I was going to have the leftovers for the next day's lunch, but there weren't any. Dh REALLY liked this. Didn't and won't change a thing.

sugarpea January 16, 2007