Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with melted cheese and tortill chips top the soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites.  It’s a very easy recipe and is delicious.  My favorite part is the layer of chips and melted cheese on top of the bowl of soup, but the whole thing is a special treat.

Chicken tortilla soup full of black beans, corn, and other veggies.This recipe for chicken tortilla soup  begins with ground or chopped chicken that is sautéed with onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  The mixture is combined with tomatoes with green chilies, beans, corn, broth, and spices before being simmered until the flavors are fully combined.

A layer of tortilla chips top a bowl of soupThe soup is ladled into oven safe bowls and topped with tortilla chips and shredded cheese before being popped into the oven (or under the broiler depending upon the type of bowls you are using) to melt the cheese.  You can even melt the cheese on your chicken tortilla soup in the microwave if you don’t have oven safe bowls.

Cheese is the last layer of the soup.This recipe is simple and delicious.  It’s a hearty and filling meal when the chicken tortilla soup is paired with a side salad.  melted cheese tops the chicken tortilla soup.

Here’s the printable recipe.  Give our recipe for chicken tortilla soup a try a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Southwest
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Serves: 6
A simple chicken soup topped with tortilla chips and shredded cheese makes a delicious dinner. We love this served with a side salad. Cook's Note: If you don't have oven proof bowls, use microwave safe ones. Pop the cheese topped bowl of soup into the microwave to melt the cheese. Total cost of recipe is $5.55 or about 93 cents per serving.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($0.28)
  • ½ pound finely minced chicken ($0.79)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped ($0.26)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.04)
  • 1 stalk celery chopped ($0.12)
  • 1 carrot shredded or finely chopped ($0.12)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed ($0.69)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed ($0.50)
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel) ($0.99)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or water mixed with bouillon or better than bouillon) ($1.49)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (or more to taste) ($0.04)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (or more to taste) ($0.06)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro ($0.17)
  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese
  1. Heat oil in a 4-6 quart pot.
  2. Add onion, chicken, and garlic and saute for a few minutes until onion begins to become translucent.
  3. Add celery and onions to pan and continue to saute until vegetables begin to release their liquid.
  4. Add broth, black beans, corn, and tomatoes and stir to mix well.
  5. Add chili powder and cumin, stirring to incorporate spices into the soup.
  6. Bring pot to a full rolling boil.
  7. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Add chopped cilantro and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.
  9. Ladle soup into oven proof bowls.
  10. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the bowl (optional).
  11. Top soup with tortilla chips and shredded cheese and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

*This post was updated January 2018 to add nutrition label and pricing.  Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nutrition information is for 1 1/2 cups of soup without corn chips and cheese on top.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.7g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 29mg
Sodium 604mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.2g
Dietary Fiber 5.7g
Sugars 3g
Protein 19g
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 13%
Calcium 4%
Iron 17%

6 thoughts on “Chicken Tortilla Soup

    1. I agree with you, Veena. Having gooey melted cheese on top of a bowl of steaming soup is pure heaven, especially when it’s cold outside.

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