A Recipe – Chicken Tortilla Soup

I don’t do much cooking these days unless it’s quick and simple because I just can’t stand in the kitchen anymore. Actually, I’ve discovered it’s not really the standing. It’s more the moving back and forth, side to side, gathering the things I need that really takes its toll. But I digress.

I make a lot of soups when it’s cold out. Sometimes I use the crockpot but when I want to make a big batch to freeze in portions, I cook it in a big pot on the stove. I think I made my last batch of soup for this year because it seems to be warming up quite nicely.

When I first wanted to find a recipe for a good Mexican soup, it was after I had been to a restaurant and had a bowl of delicious enchilada soup. Not knowing the difference between enchilada soup and tortilla soup, I looked it up. I was even more confused after that! Some folks said that tortilla soup is thinner and broth-based, while others said that it was thickened with masa harina. Some folks said enchilada soup was a cheesy, thick soup with enchilada sauce. One has corn, the other hominy. One is spicy and one is not. One tortilla soup recipe had beans and corn while enchilada soup didn’t. To make matters even more confusing yet another site said just the opposite! Well, pffttt….. What was I to do? I decided to just wing it.

I knew I didn’t want a really thick soup. I looked up several different recipes for each soup and decided what ingredients I wanted to put in mine. My recipe is for a thinner broth-based soup, with beans and corn, Mexican spices, lime juice and topped with crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese! You can make this in the crockpot or on the stove, totally up to you!

You can call this enchilada soup or tortilla soup. You decide. I call it Chicken Tortilla Soup. The best thing is, you pretty much just dump it in the pot! I hope you like it!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 tsp. oil
1/2 lg. onion (or more, if you prefer.)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1  15 oz. can fire roasted, diced tomatoes, undrained
1  15 oz. can enchilada sauce
2 Tbsp. chopped green chilis
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (I used great northern beans.)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 can Mexican beans, UNdrained
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cilantro
1 box low sodium chicken broth
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
4 Tbsp. lime juice

Toppings: crushed tortilla chips, shredded jack or cheddar, diced avocado, sour cream, etc.


First, in about 2 tsp. of salad oil, cook your chopped onion on medium heat until tender. Add the garlic and cook for just a couple of minutes.


Now, add all of the beans, the corn, green chilis, tomatoes, and enchilada sauce. Throw in the shredded (or chopped, doesn’t matter) chicken breast and all of your seasonings.


Almost done! Add your chicken broth and mix well. Let your soup come to a boil and then let it simmer for about an hour. After that hour, add the lime juice and stir. Let it come to a quick boil again and it’s ready to serve. Don’t forget the yummy toppings!

Note: You can increase or decrease the amount of spices and green chilis if you prefer.

I’m already missing my soups, and Winter just ended! What am I going to do?! I’ll have to find some new recipes to tweak and make my own, I guess! I hope you like this recipe! It’s one of my faves!

8 thoughts on “A Recipe – Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. Well Deb, this recipe sounds delish and you had me up until…..cilantro, then I had to give myself an emotional Epi-Pen shot, lol. Other than that this seems like a quick and easy recipe. I have one that I’v followed for a while now, it’s almost identical to yours (except without the cilantro or enchilada sauce) I use canned chipotles to make the spicy “sauce” and I got the recipe from the Cooking Channels show Bitchin’ Kitchen. I loved that show I wish they’r bring it back. But it’s really good. I also made your bierock casserole on Saturday. I decided to make a small one since I was by myself (I used a square baking dish). Then my boys came over and ate the rest then asked me why I had made so little of it! I’m like mofos’ I didn’t think you were going to show up! lol But it was a hit, I’m going to make it again for a department pot luck I have in a couple of weeks, so screw Female Sheldon and her vegetarian ass!

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    • You always make me laugh! You can leave out the cilantro and it would still be good. I’m not sure what chipotles taste like. They sure as hell don’t have those in the stores out here. I’m really glad you and the boys liked the bierock casserole!! You can always tell Female Sheldon that it’s not ground beef. Tell her you used textured soy. Lol. I saw that on the Dr. Oz show today. Let me know how the casserole is received at your pot luck! ❤

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