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Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup

Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup
Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup
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This easy tortilla soup recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser. Like the name implies, Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup is ready to eat in 30 minutes or less. This recipe for tortilla soup is a perfect one to keep in mind for days when you don't feel like cooking. It's an easy dinner recipe that's also hearty and delicious. The spices of the jalapeno and cumin go wonderfully with the mild avocado and sour cream. Top this delicious Mexican soup with shredded cheese and cilantro for a perfect finish. This might just become your new favorite recipe for tortilla soup!

Serves4 people

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time20 min


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1 bag of frozen corn (about 1.5 cups)
  • teaspoon Juice from one lime
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican-style chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Tortilla strips (prepackaged in the salad toppings aisle or your favorite tortilla chips)
  • Diced avocado, for serving
  • Shredded cheese, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving


  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, and jalapeno. Stir for about five minutes, until vegetables are soft. Add garlic and stir until fragrant.

  2. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, chicken, lime juice, corn and seasonings. Stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil for about 5-10 minutes. Add water if the soup is not thin enough for your liking, and return to a boil.

  3. Remove from the heat and add chopped cilantro.

  4. Ladle soup into a bowl and top with tortilla strips. Garnish with avocado, cheese and sour cream. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with a lime wedge, if desired.

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It's so strange to me how although my family is of Spanish heritage...I've never had or even seen tortilla soup. It's been on menus at a few Mexican restaurants I went to and watching people make it on cooking shows kinda got my attention but, I always wondered, doesn't the tortilla strips get weird and mushy? The soup itself sounds different in a good way especially with the addition of avocado and sour cream though.

30 minutes or less? This is going into my weekly dinner rotation ASAP!


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