Chicken Tortilla Soup*

I have decided there are 3 reasons why people love food blogs.

1. Food Porn

2. Recipes

3. You get to read about someone’s secrets…which feeds into our same obsession with celebrities.

And a long time ago, when I first started out, I did not fit all three of those things and I provided y’all with some craptastic photos. And because of that, not many of you ever made one of my favorite soups! There have been many soups over the last two years, but this is the only soup recipe that Jorge has requested over, and over, and over! So I figured I needed to bring it out again and give it the proper justice it deserves.

If I haven’t raved enough, let me just say that this is one of those soups that is easy to put together and thankfully does not have to sit on the stove all day. It is a great soup to make ahead and can keep well in a crockpot if you need it too for a pot luck. So before the cold weather is gone and it’s too hot for soup, try my favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup!



Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe note: Tortilla Strips can be bought at the store next to the croutons. Or you can click the link to the original recipe and make your own if you wish.


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, diced
1 large shallot, mince
3 garlic cloves, pressed with garlic press
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
48 oz (6 cups) chicken stock
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

fried tortilla strips
1 avocado, diced
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 lime, cut into slices for serving


In a large dutch oven (or stock pot) heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, add the onion, shallot, garlic, and tomatoes. Cook, occasionally stirring, until the vegetables have cooked down to a pulp, about 20 minutes.

Next, add the chicken stock, cilantro, shredded chicken, salt and pepper and simmer for 20-25 minutes (so flavors can develop).

Lastly, ladle soup into 4 bowls and top each bowl with mozzarella, avocado, and fried tortilla strips. Serve with a lime wedge.

  Pin It

38 Responses to “Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. 1

    notyet100 — February 24, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    soup looks delicious,perfect for rainy evenin

  2. 2

    Melissa Bakes — February 24, 2011 @ 5:31 am

    Your photos are beautiful! They literally make me drool just looking at them! :) I NEED to make this delicious soup this weekend! Thanks for posting it again!

  3. 3

    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — February 24, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    I love this! We have a great chicken tortilla soup recipe, but it makes 10 serves. I love chicken tortilla soup, but I kinda dread eating it for lunch after I’ve done so for a few days! So I was PUMPED to see this recipe only makes 4 servings!

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

      @Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish), You have to let me know how it turns out for you compared to your normal version! :-)

  4. 4

    Happy When Not Hungry — February 24, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    This soup looks so tasty and fresh! I love all the ingredients. Definitely will be bookmarking this one. Thanks!

  5. 5

    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time — February 24, 2011 @ 7:02 am

    You definitely manage to turn a soup into food porn. It looks fantastic. Thanks for passing this one along. It will be made!

  6. 6

    JulieD — February 24, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    This looks so good, Jessica! I know what you mean about craptastic photographs, I have many, many I’m embarrassed about. I love that word…another great word is craptacular. :)

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

      LOL Craptacular? That is a new one for me!

  7. 7

    Blog is the New Black — February 24, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Looks great- so funny, I made a delicious Chicken Tortilla soup, too, and I was so unimpressed with my photos- I feel like it didn’t looke appetizing.

  8. 8

    Tasha — February 24, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I remember this recipe from before and thought it sounded like something my family would love. Since I never got around to making it, thanks for the reminder!

  9. 9

    Laura — February 24, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    This looks delicious! I think I may try it out next week. Way to go getting fabulous pictures of soup!

  10. 10

    Chiara — February 24, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    That looks delicious, but it sounded delicious also back in 2009 =)
    Congratulations on the photo improvement though.

  11. 11

    Dawn — February 24, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    This looks delicious. Do you think it would taste ok if I added black beans?

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

      I think it would be great with some black beans! Just add them in when you add in the shredded chicken! :-)

  12. 12

    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — February 24, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    probably my fav soup of all time. ps. LOVE your photos in this post. and all of them!

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

      Aw thanks Linds! 😀

  13. 13

    Foodies on the Fly — February 24, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Great pictures! Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  14. 14

    DeAnna — February 24, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I have made your tortilla soup several times and it is freak’n awesome! Soups are my favorite kinds of meals and this one is on my top 10 list. Love your new pic up there. Stop getting prettier . . . you’re pissing me off. hehe

    • Jessica replied: — February 24th, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

      DeAnna! Your the best 😉

  15. 15

    ErinsFoodFiles — February 24, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    YUM! Looks perfect!

  16. 16

    Joanne — February 24, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Mmm yes. This is serious food porn if ever I’ve seen it!

  17. 17

    Maria @ The Fitted Apron — February 24, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Love me some chicken tortilla soup. I usually make Tyler Florence’s recipe, but I think I’ll be giving yours a try soon.

    • Jessica replied: — February 25th, 2011 @ 12:04 am

      Uh oh! Don’t hold me up against Tyler! Not sure I would win that battle 😛

  18. 18

    Cookin' Canuck — February 24, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    This soup would be a huge hit in my house. And for what it’s worth, I think your photos are great!

  19. 19

    Eliana — February 24, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    Thanks for bringing back this soup babe. It looks off the hook.

  20. 20

    Sharlene — February 24, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    I love it!

  21. 21

    Katie — February 26, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    Your pictures are so gorgeous! That soup looks great super fresh and tasty, Yum!

  22. 22

    Ann @ Cooking with Wine — February 26, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, and this recipe looks amazing!!!!

  23. 23

    Kerstin — February 27, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    These are certainly gorgeous photos – my mouth is watering!

  24. 24

    Katie — February 28, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    YUM! This looks fantastic and fresh! I feel a tortilla soup night is coming soon in our house…

  25. 25

    Kristin — April 7, 2011 @ 3:04 am

    I love your blog… I’m a newish cooker, but a compulsive recipe-saver, so I have many of your recipes, but this is the first I’ve tried! It turned out deliciously! I agree with Dawn that black beans (or maybe some brown rice) would be a good addition to make it a more hearty meal. Also, a little cumin and a splash of hot sauce went a long way!

    The only thing that would’ve helped would be if my batch of cilantro I bought at the store hadn’t been, for some reason, half full of parsley instead! Ha!

  26. 26

    Amy — November 21, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    Really happy to have found your blog and this recipe! I really admire your food photography too :) Adding you to my reader now.

  27. 27

    Quick and easy « Life as we know it — May 7, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    […] quite as easy, but still pretty easy was this Chicken Tortilla Soup that I tossed in the crock pot Sunday afternoon. I thimk I’ve posted this recipe before. I […]

  28. 28

    Julia — September 10, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I was looking for a new chicken tortilla soup recipe today and found this. I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks!

  29. 29

    Bernadette Chavez — November 6, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Trying this tomorrow.. I was looking for a good recipe.. This looks like the one I wanted..
    Thanks for the GREAT PICTURES !!

  30. 30

    Melissa — December 30, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    For some reason, I am unable to view the pics on the blog post. I can click on the blue question mark to view, but they don’t just show up like usual. Hmmm. Either way, still looking forward to making this soup!

  31. 31

    The Novice Chef » The Best Shredded Chicken — April 6, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

    […] Chicken Tortilla Soup […]

  32. 32

    The Novice Chef » Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup — October 7, 2015 @ 10:13 pm

    […] years and it just wasn’t the same. And then I realized the problem — the tomatoes. In my stove top version you cook the tomatoes down with the onions. So when I added fresh tomatoes to the crock pot, it […]

Leave a Comment