Our Chicken Tortilla Soup is a year round go-to for anytime you want a delicious, healthy, comfort meal! Easy to make and loaded with flavor and goodies!!

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup is something I always, ALWAYS crave!  Warm chicken-y broth with a hint of lime……lots of chicken…….chunks of avocado……and crunchy tortilla strips! As Ina always says, what’s not to LOVE?  This is “the recipe” I go to year-round when I’m craving that wonderful comfort food. In fact, Spring and Summer are the times I most crave this soup.

It’s funny, most people think that Southern California is always sunny and warm, but ironically, when the rest of Southern California heats up, the beach cities get pretty cool.  O.K. so,.let’s be clear, I’m NOT complaining AT ALL! It’s nothing like winter cold, it’s just “ya, soup sounds perfect”, kinda cool, damp weather! I know, I know, I truly am a WIMP!

Some recipes for Tortilla soup have a heavy tomato flavor.  While those tomatoey …. yes, I’m sure tomatoey is a word….. versions make a delicious soup, its just not what I consider the “Classic Tortilla Soup”……the one I crave!  Most recipes fry the tortilla strips.  Now, I have to say, that of course, is the classic approach.  I’ve discovered over the years I’ve been making this delicious soup, however, that the baked strips are real dang good. I have to say that honestly, they don’t seem to come out quite as crispy, but for me personally, that small sacrifice is totally worth the calories savings I gain so I don’t feel quite as guilty adding a big ol’ handful of shredded cheese to my bowl!  To each their own I guess! 🙂

Don’t skip the step of adding the spices to the pan and cooking them before you add the broth.  This really intensifies their wonderful flavors, allows them to marry a bit and gives the broth more complexity

Tortilla Soup
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My Favorite Tortilla Soup

Our Chicken Tortilla Soup is a year round go-to for anytime you want a delicious, healthy, comfort meal! Easy to make and loaded with flavor and goodies!!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 689 kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Garlic Finely Chopped
  • 2 Poblano Pepper Seeded and Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Seeded and Chopped
  • 3 Teaspoons Salt
  • 3 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • 2 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 12 Cups Caldo de Pollo or Chicken Stock
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Halves, Cut Into 1/2 Cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juices
  • 12 Stale Corn Tortillas Sliced Into 1/4 Inch-Thick Strips
  • 2 Avocado Sliced
  • 2 Cups Jack Cheese Shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, cook the onion, garlic, and peppers over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or just until they begin to soften.  Add the salt, cumin, and coriander and continue to cook for 5 minutes longer so spices become nicely fragrant.  Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

  3. Add chicken broth to Dutch oven and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add chicken to Dutch oven and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Add cilantro and lime juice and stir.

  4. Meanwhile, spread tortilla strips out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet (you'll probably need 2 baking sheets.) Spray tortillas evenly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until they are just starting to slightly brown and are crispy.  Sprinkle hot strips with salt and pepper.

  5. Serves soup and garnish each bowl with avocado, cheese and tortilla strips as desired.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
My Favorite Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 2213mg 92%
Potassium 1418mg 41%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 11g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 15.6%
Vitamin C 57.7%
Calcium 37.2%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Source: Emeril