Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This easy chicken tortilla soup recipe is made using canned ingredients and pre-cooked chicken from the market. It is a go-to favorite on nights when I don’t have a lot of time but still want to serve something healthy and delicious to my family. 

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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The beauty of this dish is that you really don’t need to worry about shopping for fresh vegetables to complete it. You can just shop your pantry and find what you need with ease.

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The beauty of this easy tortilla soup is that I can shop for all of my ingredients well in advance and there is little prep required to assemble my pot. On busy nights, that is just what I look for when it comes to recipe selection! 

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If there is a certain spice or vegetable that’s you’d like to add to this mix, please feel free to make this recipe your own. I like to keep things simple and keep it down to just 4 cans. 

I know there are 7 can chicken taco soup recipes online that look absolutely divine, but this one will only ask for 4 and is still packed with flavor and provide the punch you are looking for when it comes to a home meal. 

Mexican Tortilla Soup Recipe Ingredients

  Here is what you need to put together this delicious family meal. Mind you, most of these bullets are seasoning. 

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package, 9 oz, Perdue Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breast (cooked chicken)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can, 15 oz, golden corn (do not drain)
  • 1 can, 15 oz, black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can, 14.5 oz, diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 can, 4 oz, diced green chilies (do not drain)

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, optional for serving
  • fresh cilantro, optional for serving
  • tortilla chips, optional for serving

How To Make Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I want to note something about the timing in this recipe before we get down to the nitty-gritty. You could truly have this dish on the table in about 30 minutes. Remember, the chicken is pre-cooked. 

However, if you need some extra time and you want it to simmer for an hour, that is ok too! Sometimes I like to start dinner a bit early and then slow cook my way to setting the table. Whatever works for you. So, the range that I give you below is truly based on your personal needs for the day.

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How to make tortilla soup


Add onion, garlic, and oil to a large stockpot. Heat over medium-high until onions are translucent. Add seasonings and chicken and mix well.
Stir in your chicken broth. If you don’t have chicken broth on hand, you can also use vegetable broth if that means you will avoid a trip to the store. 

Stir in broth, corn, beans, tomatoes and green chilies. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
Cover and cook for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.  At this point, you should adjust the flavors to meet those of your family. Add some more spices if you feel like you need to boost the flavor. Some families like a bit more zest than others. 

Adjusting The Heat Of This Soup Recipe

As a note, if you are someone who likes a lot of HEAT in their Mexican tortilla soup, you might want to consider buying canned ingredients that offer that option from the start. When shopping, you can choose between mild or regular green chilies – choose the latter.

There’s also the choice between mild or hot Rotel. The latter offers significantly more kick.  This is a personal decision, but once that should be made at the market. 

Chicken tortilla soup topped with cilantro and tortilla chips

Final Toppings For Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Once the soup is finished cooking, you can serve each bowl topped with a sprinkle of cheese and some fresh cilantro if you choose. If you want to make this a low carb chicken tortilla soup, then I would skip the tortilla chips or maybe just offer up a few on each bowl. 

This recipe is naturally gluten-free. 

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How Long Will Leftovers Last?

On average, you can reserve your leftover soup in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you’d like to freeze your leftovers, be sure to store it in an airtight container (preferably a ZipLoc bag) and make sure it is properly sealed. Properly stored, your soup should last up to 4 months. 

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Chicken tortilla soup recipe

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Chicken tortilla soup topped with cilantro and tortilla chips

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package, 9 oz, Perdue Short Cuts Carved Chicken Breast (cooked chicken)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can, 15 oz, golden corn (do not drain)
  • 1 can, 15 oz, black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can, 14.5 oz, diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 can, 4 oz, diced green chilies (do not drain)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, optional for serving
  • fresh cilantro, optional for serving
  • tortilla chips, optional for serving

Instructions

    1. Add onion, garlic, and oil to a large stockpot. Heat over medium-high until onions are translucent.
    2. Add seasonings and chicken and mix well.
    3. Stir in broth, corn, beans, tomatoes and green chilies. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Serve soup topped with cheese and cilantro if desired.

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