Lee Harrelson
Total Time
25 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 4

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

Step 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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Ratings & Reviews

mayla2326's Review

August 10, 2014

Peggspark's Review

September 09, 2012
This is an easy recipe and it was delicious! I used part of a rotisserie chicken when I made mine and let it simmer for the better part of an afternoon and it was wonderful! My husband loved it and there were no left overs!

MissGayle54's Review

September 10, 2011
Really good recipe. I didn't have jalapeno's on hand but did have Ro-tel diced tomatoes, so I used that and it turned out really good. The soup had just enough "hot" seasoning for us. I doubled the recipe so I used one can seasoned onion garlic diced tomatoes with 12 cups of chicken broth. I will be making this one again.f

Katypete's Review

March 02, 2011

2BPaulaB's Review

December 07, 2010
A long time ago I had a wonderful tortilla soup in Mexico. The picture that accompanied this recipe had a similar look, but this is far from that authentic soup I had. This recipe tastes like chicken broth with canned tomatoes without enough hearty mexican flavors. It is fine as a very basic recipe, but I will keep searching for a recipe that better matches my expectations.