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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Lee Harrelson
Total time 25 mins
Yield Serves 6
This chicken tortilla soup recipe has great flavor and doesn't take much cooking time. It's also a great way to use up those corn tortillas getting stale in your refrigerator.


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced or crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Six 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and 2 to 3 inches long
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or 3 thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges

How to Make It

  1. Combine broth and tomatoes in a soup pot, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add tortilla strips in a couple of batches and cook, stirring once or twice, until light brown and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove fried strips to paper towels to drain.

  3. In same skillet, cook chicken 3 to 5 minutes without stirring, until nicely browned on first side. Add onion, garlic, jalapeños, cumin, and salt; cook 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are softened.

  4. Add contents of skillet to simmering broth; cook 10 minutes.

  5. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish each with tortilla strips, cheese, and cilantro; serve each bowl with a wedge of lime.

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