Simple Salsa Soup

Recipe by Mrs Goodall
READY IN: 35mins


  • For Salsa
  • 6
    ounces cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes may be substituted (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1
    cup red onion, chopped into large pieces (about 1/4 of a large red onion)
  • 3
    garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1
    teaspoon cumin, preferably ground fresh
  • 1
    tablespoon lime juice, fresh
  • 12
    jalapeno, seeded with ribs removed and chopped large
  • For Soup
  • 3 12
    cups chicken broth, preferably low-sodium (two 14 ounce cans)
  • 1
    teaspoon lime juice, fresh
  • 1
    tablespoon cumin, fresh ground
  • 1 12
    cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 8
    ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, purchased in a ball NOT grated (NOTE! Do NOT add cheese to soup pot)
  • For Garnish
  • cilantro, chopped medium to medium fine
  • jalapeno, chopped fine (use other half of jalapeno)
  • avocado, cubed (1 or 2 avocados depending on need)


  • Place broth into your favorite soup pot. Heat broth on medium.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor (if you don't have one, use a blender), chop the onion and garlic, using 1 second pulses until well chopped, but not mushy, about 8 pulses.
  • Add tomatoes, jalapeños, cumin, 1 tablespoon lime juice and pulse until mixture is very fine, almost pureed.
  • You should have just about 1 cup of salsa.
  • Turn up heat under soup.
  • Add shredded chicken to broth.
  • When soup just starts to simmer add salsa mixture, 1 tsp lime juice, and 1 tablespoon cumin.
  • Quickly stir and remove from heat. (You just want to incorporate the salsa, not cook it).
  • Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • To Serve:
  • Cut mozzarella into to half inch thick round slices and place slices in bottom of soup bowls.
  • Ladle the simmering broth into bowls over the cheese.
  • Let the soup sit for about 2 minutes, to allow the heat of the soup to soften the mozzarella.
  • Serve with garnishes on the side.
  • (If you choose to add the garnishes before serving, add them right before serving so as not to cook the cilantro or avocado. I do not recommend adding the sour cream ahead of time).
  • Make sure to tell your guests that there is wonderful melted cheese on the bottom of the bowl!
  • Enjoy!