The Naughty Things I Do for Chicken Tortilla Soup

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

El Fenix Restaurant is a Dallas institution open since 1913. I had my first job waiting tables there and had a bowl of this soup everyday. I won't bother you with the details of what I had to do to get this coveted recipe out of temperamental Chef Jorge... but it is illegal in about half of the states.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In blender combine undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and sugar.
  2. Pulse in blender until chunky.
  3. In large saucepan, add vegetable mixture and chicken broth and chicken pieces.
  4. Simmer 20 minutes, season to taste.
  5. To serve:.
  6. Place cheese, avocado, and broken chips on bottom of bowl. Pour very hot soup over this in bowl. Sprinkle with fresh green onion tops and cilantro/parsley.
  7. Sprinkle with lime juice, if desired.
Most Helpful

This soup was delicious, although I did make a few modifications. This recipe is a great base, but lends itself to adding things to suit your taste. I added 1 tsp of ground cumin and 2 tsp of chile powder. I used diced tomatoes with jalapeno for some added heat. I added black beans, corn, zucchini and carrots because I wanted lots of veggies in it. I also used chicken from a precooked rotisserie chicken and I used homemade chicken stock. We added cheese, avocado, cilantro, and tortilla chips and topped it off with a few dashes of Tobasco and a dollop of sour cream. Delicious!

laurab007 January 03, 2013

Well bend me over and SpanK Me! I've been naughty and I'll do it again just so I can have some more soup. Reminds me of the Chicken Soup served at a local Mexican Restraunt famous for their soup. I cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes and added it raw into the soup in step 3 and let it cook with the broth to save myself a step. Made for ZWT 5 by an Epicurean Queen!

cookiedog June 09, 2009

This was terrific! I used pepperjack cheese cubes; homemade turkey broth; cilantro in a tube b/c our store was out of fresh (really?); and a bit of Goya seasoning. Loved everything about it and I didn't even bother to use the blender - chunky is good! Thanks, Potsie!

Linky July 22, 2015