Chicken Tortilla Soup

Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup is a warm, spicy, comforting bowl of soup.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken tortilla soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 283 kcal
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


  • 1-2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1 Large Onion (diced)
  • 1 Jalapeno (diced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced or 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder)
  • 1 lb. Chicken Breasts or Rotisserie Chicken (cooked, cubed or shredded)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • (1) 10-ounce can Rotel Tomatoes + Green Chilies
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth

Corn Tortilla Strips:

  • 6-8 Corn Tortillas cut into strips lengthwise
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup Canola Oil
  • Salt


  • 1 Avocado cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup Mexican Cheese or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Mexican Crema
  • Cilantro
  • Lime


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add jalapenos and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken breast. Cook for 7-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Stir.

  2. In a blender or food processor, puree canned tomatoes and cilantro. Add to pot. Stir in chicken broth and cover. Cook for at least 15-20 minutes on low heat. Taste for seasonings.

  3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Once it starts to sizzle, add corn tortilla strips. Using tongs, flip and stir to fry evenly. Fry for 1-2 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove from oil and place on paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with tortilla strips, avocado, and cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 1455mg 61%
Potassium 498mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 20.2%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.