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Chicken Tortilla Soup is a hearty Mexican soup that really warms the soul. Topped with fried tortilla chips, its packed with flavour and will be a great addition to your dinner rotation!

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Chicken tortilla soup served in a black bowl with toppings

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I love everything Mexican! As soon as the weather turns slightly chilly, one of the first things we make is a big pot of this chicken tortilla soup. Its packed with flavour and loaded with goodies like chicken, corn, black beans, jalapenos and a spicy tomato base.

I really love using chicken thighs in this soup instead of breasts. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cook pretty fast and they don’t overcook quickly like breasts. Chicken breasts can sometimes become stringy and rubbery when the soup is reheated so I prefer the juiciness of chicken thighs in this soup.

I either dice them before adding them to this chicken tortilla soup or shred them when the soup is cooked.

Another timesaver tip is to use shredded rotisserie chicken. Any leftovers can be mixed into the soup for a fast and easy variation.

Closeup of a ladleful of chicken tortilla soup

Crispy Tortilla Chips

What makes this soup extra special are the crispy tortilla chips that are used to top this soup. They add such an amazing crunch and texture.

You can either cut tortillas into strips of triangles like I have and then deep fry them.

Make a big batch because they stay fresh in an air tight container for a few days and you can just snack on them on the go. Dangerous, but so yum!

Toppings for Chicken Tortilla Soup

Top this soup generously because each topping adds more flavour. I love laying out some lime, cilantro, tortilla chips, sour cream and jalapenos and then each person can choose what they want to top it with.

Closeup of chicken tortilla soup

Seriously, there is no better way to beat the chill than this chicken tortilla soup. Its fresh, healthy, hearty and has so much flavour. There is a nice hit of heat that can be toned down if you like but I highly recommend keeping it as is.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

5 from 6 votes
Chicken Tortilla Soup is a hearty Mexican soup that really warms the soul. Topped with fried tortilla chips, its packed with flavour and will be a great addition to your dinner rotation!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • Dutch Oven



  • Heat olive oil in a dutch oven and add onions, garlic and jalapeno. Saute till the onions are soft.
  • Add all the other ingredients except black beans to the pot and stir to mix. Bring this to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the black beans and simmer for 3 more minutes. Serve hot topped with tortilla chips and your favourite toppings.


Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you! I made one batch of this last night, by the recipe, and it was really delicious. I cut raw chicken thighs into pieces roughly 3/4 inch to one inch in size and tossed them in… no worries, they were safely cooked through in the end … I ended up with over 6 cups of soup which would serve 4 generously. Will definitely make again – and thinking a cornbread side would go great! But don’t rely on the printed nutrition info, it is way off.. especially regarding the sodium if you are watching like me 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Best Chicken Tortilla Soup ever! I did not cook the chicken before putting in soup and it came out delicious. I will definitely make this again.

  3. Hands down, best tortilla soup recipe I’ve tried. I added sweet potatoes and topped with sour cream and fritos corn chips. Everyone loved it. Thanks for this great recipe.

      1. Recipe doesn’t say cooked chicken, so maybe it should be added to the recipe. Going to try this. Looks yummy.

  4. Very good soup. Wife loved it. I did add a few extras. Thinly sliced a soft flour tortilla into noodle like pieces. Add the last minute to give a creamy feel. Used three jalapeño and added some chopped roasted red pepper. Great cold weather food.