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Chicken Tortilla Soup II Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup II

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a large stock pot heat oil. Add tortillas, garlic, cilantro and onion. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add cumin, chili powder, bay leaves and chicken stock. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add salt and cayenne. Simmer for 30 minutes remove bay leaves and stir in chicken. Heat through and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 01, 2007

YUM, so great!!! One note: about HALF the oil is plenty. For ease of preparation, I got a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the deli counter instead of the chicken breasts - way faster and easier, and the meat is really flavorful. Just take it off the bones, give it a rough chop and you're done. My no-nonsense, meat&potatoes husband requested a big batch of soup to take camping! Nice and sniffle-inducing spicy; adjust the cayenne or serve with a big spoonful of sour cream for the faint of heart. I've already sent the recipe to four people; my family loves it, and so do my husband's camping buddies. This will go into heavy rotation for us! Garnish with any combo of: crunchy tortilla strips (save a few tortillas to make some fresh-sprinkle lightly with onion powder); some remaining cilantro; sour cream, shredded cheese; avocado; and whatever you do, don't skip a squeeze of fresh lime!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 29, 2003

The flavor is pretty good. The appearance is mushy garbage. It has so much oil it collects at the top in a thick layer. It hardly looks edible, but it is. I will however attempt this recipe again with a few changes. 1) Fry the tortilla strips drain and set aside. 2) Saute onions and cilantro in 2-3T (not 6T) of oil. Drain and return to pot. Do whatever you can to reduce the oil. 3) Follow rest of recipe. 4) Garnish with fried tortilla strips and maybe a mexican cheese such as Queso Quesadilla.

Jan 02, 2004

This soup is great! Everybody loves it. I did two things differently -- first, I cooked the chicken with the spices in the first step of the recipe so the chicken meat would absorb the flavors. Secondly, I was out of corn tortillas so I used tortilla chips that I just crumbled in the bottom of the bowl before adding the soup. (I felt that the tortillas added at the beginning got too mushy).

Dec 07, 2004

Absolutely incredible. I would decresase the oil to 4 tbl spoons next time. I added 2 cans of diced corn and 2 cans of rinsed black beans. We topped it with sourcream, cheese and green onions. This will become a staple soup at our house...

Mar 31, 2006

This is a fantastic soup that allows room to experiment. I followed the recipe but, made a few changes..... Started with a CHILI infused OIL.................I did keep the TORTILLAS in the soup from the beginning (doing so seemed to keep soup thick) and added a few crunchy chips in the end for texture.......Used (1) jar SALSA and (1) can tomatoes that added up to the 29 oz. required.....Also, added 1/2 cup CREAM in the end before serving. Overall, this is a great recipe I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because I felt something was MISSING. I can't say exactly what. If anyone has any suggestions I hope they post it. I used all the same garnishes as suggested. However, it seems a key spice is perhaps lacking. Though, I have to say DON'T LET THIS ONE PASS YOU BY...

Oct 27, 2003

Trey, this is a fabulous recipe. I used about one and half pounds of boneless chicken breasts that I sprinkled with Spicy Mrs. Dash and cookd for 5 minutes in my George Forman grill. I let it cool while I made the rest of the soup and then cut it up into bite sized pieces! My son makes it all the time now and loves it! In fact, I have made it for many a guest and this recipe is truly a HIT!!! I did make sure that I used really fresh cumin (not one that had been sitting on my spice shelf for years) and I think that made a big difference. I love the flavor of the corn tortillas that cook with the soup and I really don't care that they are NOT crispy. One can add the tortilla strips when serving it along with the addition of some ripe avocado and extra chopped cilantro. It really is better the next day. Thanks again! Amy Pla

Oct 13, 2009

Very, very simple and excellent for a cool autumn day. I substituted one cup of whole milk for one cup of chicken stock and it was a creamy, zesty success. Don't forget the shredded cheddar on top! UPDATE 10/13/09 - made a great batch substituting leftover Slow Cooker Carnitas for the chicken. So versatile and great for cool weather warm-up!

Oct 23, 2006

Very tasty and easy to make. I added half a can of black beans, half a can of corn, and used Rotel for the tomatoes.


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  • Calories
  • 418 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.4 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 22.3 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 29.2 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 796 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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