By ACTanksley on December 21, 2005
"This is an excellent copy cat recipe of the soup that is served at Max and Erma's restaurant food chain. This is my Dh's favorite soup. The cilantro is optional I make it without it. This recipe makes a lot and is wonderful as leftovers. Next time I'm going to half the recipe as it's only the two of us."
Serving Size: 1 (758 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"great recipe! I am from the Chicago area, and love Max and Ermas, but hardly ever make the trip up there to have it. I made this soup for a potluck, and while I was weirded out by all of the canned soup, the end result tasted amazing!"
"I have been ordering this soup at Max and Erma's for over 5 years, and this recipe is dead-on for the real thing! My family loves it. It freezes well, too, for a quick meal after work."
"Let me start off by saying that I have worked at Max & Erma's in the past, and I used to eat this soup a lot. I no longer live in an area that has a Max & Erma's restaurant, so I just thought I would have to do without until I came across this recipe. Having tried other chicken tortilla soups since the infamous in-house recipe from M&E's, I was skeptical because I have yet to find anything even remotely close to what they serve. With this recipe I decided to just make half, so that way I wouldn't waste any ingredients. I regret doing so. This soup was so amazing. SO amazingly close to the original. YES, I agree with the others who say that there are A LOT of calories in this, and I wish there was another way other than using all the cream-of soups that the recipe calls for. If you push that aside and simply rate the recipe based on it's taste and accuracy to the restaurant soup, it's 100% in my book. I finished my entire batch by myself within a week, and now I have to make more because of how good it is. I made the recipe exactly as stated, I didn't make any crazy changes. The only thing that I did is I used pre-made tortilla strips instead of making my own. For those who say it's nothing like the original, you are clearly doing something very wrong."
"This was very good! I've only had max and erma's soup twice but loved it both times. I just can't remember it enough to know if it's a good copycat or not. But like i said, the soup is very good! The creator of this recipe needs to update the nutrition info though because I halved the recipe and I would say that alone would make 6 servings. I came up with each serving having around 400 calories. Definitely not 1319."
"Haven't had the restaurant soup but I can tell you that this recipe is tasty! I halved the recipe and there was plenty left over. My thought is to add more chicken to the leftovers and pour over rice as a new dinner. Thanks so much for posting this recipe."
"I've never had Max & Erma's chicken tortilla soup, but I can tell you that this is good! My sister and her boyfriend made it for a family gathering, and everyone loved it. It makes a ton of soup - we had lots of leftovers even after feeding 6 people. The deep fried tortilla strips are the best part, so don't substitute tortilla chips!"
"I started making this for my pregnant sister because she was spending too much money on the real thing. This recipe is so easy and I think it is better than what you get at Max and Erma's. It makes a lot, so I usually will cut the recipe in half and it still makes enough for us to eat on a couple days."
"We're coastal people, not accustomed to the bitter cold you midwesterners routinely slog through. With the ice storm headed our way I decided to make this recipe - using 1/2 the listed Campbell's soups and adding 6 cans of water + 1T chicken base. I couldn't imagine how the essentially undiluted soup would not scorch with a 2 hour cook time otherwise - and we could not swing that undiluted cream of soup. That said, I use the canned low sodium diced tomatoes and a 1/2 pint of green tomato/onion salsa. Ended with tearing 3 dried out flour tortillas and tossing along with 6 ounces of diced Velveeta. This is simply a wonderful cold weather soup that fed the two of us for 4 meals! Frying was out (I only fry outside and the sleet made that a nonstarter) so we crunched on Fritos - went great! I am not opposed to Campbell's Cream of... soups - I just don't usually buy them as I can do almost as well way cheaper from scratch. Anyway, this recipe with the flour tortilla tearups and additional cheese (& home made green salsa) is a real sleeper keeper. I plan to serve this at an oyster roast if the extreme cold weather ever lets up here. Thanks for keeping us warm and well fed, ACTanksley! Real sleeper keeper recipe!"
"My favorite creamy comfort food soup!! Absolutely love it! I make it with what I have on hand usually making several substitutes when necessary and always is delicious! You can't go wrong with it! I make a very large batch and freeze several containers for a quick meal anytime!"
"Love this soup! It tastes just like the restaurant's! This makes a huge pot though and is very rich to eat a full serving."
"Amazing! Really compares to the restaurant. Shared this with friends, and they absolutely loved it. Super easy to make, and great flavor! Served with tortilla strips."
"YUMMY! We used leftover chicken from beer can chicken, which gave it a bit more of a smoky flavor. Easy recipe and does not take that long. It was wonderful and re-heated great."
"This get five stars for ease of preparation and for the fact my kids loved it. I could not find the cheddar soup in the store so I just added some cheddar cheese and let it melt in the soup. I also pureed the tomatoes for the kids and left out the chicken. Thanks for an easy recipe."
"not even close"