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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is loaded with shredded chicken, vegetables, tortilla strips and spices in a tasty tomato broth. This hearty Tortilla Soup recipe is the absolute best!
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 281kcal


  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 stalks of celery large diced
  • 4 carrots peeled and large diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper large diced
  • 1 - 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 10 cups low sodium chicken broth (2.5 qts)
  • 4 heaping cups shredded chicken
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 fresh white corn tortillas cut crosswise into about ½ inch strips

To Serve (Pick your favorites)

  • Sour cream or Mexican Crema
  • Shredded Cheese Cheddar, Pepper Jack or Mexican blend
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Lime wedges and chopped cilantro
  • Sliced Jalapenos



  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, carrots, green bell pepper and jalapeno. Sautee for about 5 - 6 minutes or until the onions become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 –2 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to medium low and stir in the oregano, cumin, coriander and salt. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Add the shredded chicken, tortilla strips and the fresh cilantro. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the soup hot, top with sour cream or Mexican crema, shredded cheese, sliced avocado and tortilla chips. Garnish with lime wedges and chopped cilantro if desired.



Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 634mg | Potassium: 752mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7040IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1.9mg