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Chicken Tortilla Soup to beat the cold...

  • Jan 14, 2010
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During the cold Winter months I tend to eat plenty of soup.  I eat the canned variety when I have to, but prefer creating a pot of the homemade stuff.  Making enough for at least two meals lets me enjoy the soup twice without having to do the work twice.  I normally don't make much more than that because I like to eat it while it is still somewhat fresh.  I am not sure how long soup will keep in the refrigerator, but I normally polish off the second portion within a few days anyway.  My two favorite soups to make are Chicken Tortilla Soup and my own recipe for Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana.  I have found the ultimate recipe (in my humble opinion) for Chicken Tortilla Soup, which I would like to share:

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe yields around seven to eight cups of soup.


1 Medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 to 5 garlic cloves minced (around a tablespoon)
2 tsp Olive Oil (or vegetable oil)
4 ounces canned green chiles, chopped
15 ounces italian style canned stewed tomatoes, chopped (reserving the juice)
4 cups chicken broth, reduced sodium
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp hot sauce (more to taste)
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1 pound (or more) boneless chicken breast, cubed


Nonfat sour cream
grated cheddar cheese
tortilla chips
parsley (if you want to be fancy)

In a large saucepan, sweat the onion and garlic over moderate to low heat for five minutes or until the onion is soft.  Add the chiles, tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, lemon pepper, worcestershire sauce, spices and hot sauce.  Simmer for twenty minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the flour and water and whisk into the soup to thicken.  Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for another five minutes.  Add the chicken and simmer for another ten minutes or until the chicken appears to be cooked through.  If the chicken chunks are large, simmer longer.  If the chicken is finely chopped, five minutes may be enough.  I like the larger chunks (and normally use a little bit more than a pound for a hearty soup).  Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the soup in bowls with garnish.

Tortilla Strips:

If you want to make your own tortilla strips instead of buying them, you can cut four corn tortillas into 1/4 inch strips and spray with non-stick vegetable spray.

Arrange the tortilla strips in a single layer on a baking pan or cookie sheet that has been sprayed with vegetable oil.  Bake them in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes or until they are lightly toasted and crispy.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Estimated Nutritional Analysis:

A one cup serving has approximately 219 calories, 29 percent of the calories from fat.  7 grams of fat, 943 mg of sodium.

If the cold weather is getting you down, I would recommend a deep bowl of this satisfying soup to knock the chill off.
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January 14, 2010
Yum! Those pictures look great. Funny, because I just had Chicken Tortilla soup for lunch today and it was the perfect amount of spice for a cold day!
Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm posting this on Twitter so everyone else can enjoy this too!
January 15, 2010
Thanks! It's good...just the right amount of spice...if you had two jalapenos...which I didn't put in the recipe.
January 14, 2010
I love chicken tortilla soup!  Great recipe, very similar to the one I use, except instead of canned tomatoes, I use fresh ones, and I also add chopped potatoes and carrots just for kicks.  And I never thought about baking tortilla strips.  Much healthier than fried.  Thanks for sharing this, John! :)
January 15, 2010
You can GET fresh tomatoes in the Winter. The ones we get are shipped green. Hehe.
January 15, 2010
Ooooh, I didn't even think about that. I guess I'm lucky that where I live, we get all sorts of fresh produce shipped to us year round. At least you you can make fried green tomatoes or a different kind of Mexican soup :)
January 14, 2010
This recipe looks delish! I think you and I should make a recipes list along with Orlok in this site! Thanks for this!
January 15, 2010
Okay...we can call it "Dudes do foods"
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Quick Tip by . September 10, 2009
This soup is amazing! It makes a good meal if you are just hungry for a snack. I ordered several times from room service in Mexico.
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Tortilla soup is a Mexican soup made of crispy fried strips of corn tortillas in a tomato-based Mexican soup with chicken stock, chiles, avocado, Jack cheese, cilantro and lime.
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