Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Molly Fitzsimons/Big Leo Productions
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
16 Mins
Makes 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

For a hearty meal that's full of flavor and spice, you can't go wrong with Mexican Tortilla Soup. Top with crushed tortilla chips and cheese, and serve with lime wedges.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and cook, stirring often, 3-4 minutes or until browned. Remove to plate, and cover.

Step 2

In the same pan, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil on medium-high. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in cumin, chili powder, broth, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

Step 3

Return the chicken and juices to the pan and simmer 3 minutes or until heated through. Stir in cilantro.

Step 4

Ladle soup into serving bowls; top with crushed tortilla chips and cheese. Serve hot, with a lime wedge on the side.

Step 5


Step 6

Andrea's wine pick: You can't go wrong with a tangy, herbaceous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to match the lively cilantro and lime flavors in the soup. Look for Drylands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2006 ($15).

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

IrmaMGranados's Review

March 20, 2014

karenfar's Review

January 18, 2014
I made this for 2 of us and it is actually pretty good diet food! I followed the recipe as written. 1 cup is a pretty skimpy portion for dinner. This would be better as a serving for 4 and it still is only 354 calories.

stcyrbl53's Review

September 20, 2012
Husband loved it! I followed the directions exactly, except I skipped the lime slices.

PanPieBaker's Review

February 29, 2012
Taste is good but there is not enough "stuff" even after adding 2 cans of black beans. If you are looking for a heartier soup I would recommend Rachel Ray's Chicken Chorizo Stoup ( It may not be as low calorie but you won't have to eat a lot to feel full!

meersmanfam's Review

October 21, 2011
I put everything in my slow cooker, set it on high for 4 hours, and it was absolutely delicious! Light and healthy, and I added a little extra cumin and chili powder.

maricelajaime68's Review

September 07, 2011

bahibektoi's Review

November 14, 2010
A good, nice, different soup. I added some black beans and topped it with avocado. Not the usual soup flavors, but a good soup.

jazzradiogirl's Review

June 15, 2010
Wow! This is really delicous. I added extra peppers, onions and tomatoes just to up the vegetable content. I used homemade turkey stock instead of the chicken broth. It was exceptional.