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Best Tortilla Soup Recipes: My Favorite Recipe For Healthy Tortilla Soup

Updated on March 13, 2011

There are a lot of tortilla soup recipes out there into infinity and believe me, I’ve tried quite a few. This one, however, is my all-time favorite and the one I always use.

If you are short on time and don’t want to go the route of making your own tortilla strips, just buy a pre-packaged bunch of them and add to the top of the soup.

Or just use tortilla chips although I like doing the tortilla strips from scratch as it cuts way down on the sodium content!

This recipe came from my Ultimate American Cookbook from years ago but I love this recipe!

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Tortilla Soup

Serves 4 -6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil – or vegetable spray
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (or use equivalent of Roma tomatoes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt – or to taste
  • 2 quarts of chicken broth
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 skinless boneless chicken breast half, cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 cup canned green chilies, chopped

GARNISH

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Oil for frying (or bake the chips in the oven – see below)
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oil or use vegetable spray in a Dutch oven or large saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened over medium heat – 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and salt – cook for 5 minutes longer.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, you can make the garnish for the tortillas. Trim the tortillas into squares then cut them into strips.
  6. Use 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet and heat until hot but do not allow to smoke. Add the tortilla strips in batches and fry until just beginning to brown – turning occasionally. (Or bake in the oven as directed below). The trick is to have the tortilla strips be crisp but not burned. Remove the tortilla strips and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  7. Add the carrot to the soup and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.
  8. Add zucchini, chicken and chilies – continue cooking uncovered until vegetables are tender – about 5 minutes more.
  9. Peel and pit the avocado – chop into a fine dice.
  10. Divide the tortilla strips among 4 soup bowls. Sprinkle with the avocado.
  11. Ladle in the soup, then top with green onions and cilantro on top.
  12. Serve immediately and sprinkle with Jack cheese if desired.

OVEN BAKED TORTILLA STRIPS

INGREDIENT - 4 corn tortillas - as above

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the strips on ungreased cookie sheet but keep 1/4-inch distance between them to keep them crispy.
  3. Bake about 8-12 minutes but check them often after 7-8 minutes so as not to burn them.
  4. If using an air-bake cookie sheet, bake at 350 for about 7 minutes.

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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Not spicy at all - but you can add more chilies, etc. if you WANT spicy - I don't so this is my kinda soup!

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      Dawn Michael 

      8 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      love tortilla soup and I am going to try your version of it, I like the use of the peppers is it spicy? Soup is good food, thanks for sharing!!!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      It truly is, Betty and thanks so much for reading! I love tortilla soup but especially love it when I can create it right in my own kitchen and go yum!

    • Betty Reid profile image

      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I love chicken tortilla soup! I don't think I've ever made it from scratch, but this sounds so easy.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Yes - you could still make it without the chicken and it would be delicious still!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing this! I'm dating a girl who's a vegetarian, so I'm guessing that leaving the chicken out should be all right, right? In either case, I'm bookmarking this one (I'm a meat lover by the way).

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Sounds delicious - now I must go in search of another recipe! Thanks so much for commenting.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Sounds delicious - now I must go in search of another recipe! Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Martin V 

      8 years ago

      I have never tried tortilla soup Senorita,we eat different kinds of soups in Mexico, but I still got to try this one.

      my favorite one is shrimp n' fish soup...yummy! I like mine hot and spicy.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Good! I think you'll like it - you can spice it up a bit too if you want but I like it just as it is!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I have never made this, but I will now!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Too hilarious! Will try and hit it for you more often but thanks as always for reading.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi Audrey- NOW you are really talking (writing, that is)!!! My favorite kind of soup (You caught me !). Even better, I really go for "Frito Pie" made with red hot chili (no beans) and those little (unhealthily-salted) corn chips called "Fritos." I should be stone-cold dead from those, but the soup has always seemed to bring me back from the brink.

      Gus :-)))

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Yes - I love soup time although I make a lot of soups all year long because they are easy for Bob to heat up for me while I'm working or I can know that he is 'fed'! On the vids, you just add the vid capsule, then go to one of the approved sites for videos, like yahoo or metcafe, or youtube, find the vid you want, then go up to the URL and paste that into the capsule, save it and away you go!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Great video, I still have learned how to add those. And I love your recipe. Yum, this is the time of year for soups.

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