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Spicy Tortilla Soup

Photo: Beth Galton
Prep time 20 mins
Other time 40 mins
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 9-ounce package soft corn tortillas
  • 2 32-ounce boxes or cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • Bones and meat from half a grilled or roasted 4-pound chicken
  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 medium jalapenos, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 ears grilled corn
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 8 ounces crumbled Feta cheese, queso blanco, or other fresh white cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calcium 389 mg
  • calories 666
  • caloriesfromfat 0 %
  • carbohydrate 58 g
  • cholesterol 118 mg
  • fat 31 g
  • fiber 11 g
  • iron 4 mg
  • protein 47 mg
  • satfat 12 g
  • sodium 888 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350º F. Cut the tortillas into 1/2-inch strips. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crispy.

  2. In a large saucepan, simmer the chicken broth, bones, and meat for 20 minutes. Strain the broth through a colander into another saucepan. When the bones are cool enough to handle, pick off any meat and add it to the broth. Stir in the red onion, tomatoes, jalapenos, and lime juice. Heat about 5 minutes. Cut the corn from the cobs and add it to the soup. Divide the tortilla strips among 4 bowls. Ladle in the soup and top with cilantro, avocado, and cheese.