Chicken Tortilla Soup

September 18, 2017 by Jenny Melrose

Hi everyone, I’m Carissa and I’m really excited to be here today and share this quick, easy and really yummy recipe for chicken tortilla soup. It’s a super quick and delicious recipe that every busy mom should know how to make. It will also make for a comforting meal during the upcoming chilly Fall and Winter weather.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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So I actually made this soup last week on Sunday. Sunday unfortunately was a very lazy day for my family which is unusual. We usually get up early to go to church and then we come home and I usually make a big dinner. But not last Sunday. I stayed in bed until around 12 while my husband took care of the kids. When woke up I was so angry with myself. I hate sleeping that late when there’s so much more I could be doing. But sleeping in once in a while won’t hurt right? And us moms definitely deserve it!

Since I slept so late that day and wasn’t able to get much work done I decided to keep dinner simple and easy. My husband wanted to get a rotisserie chicken from the grocery. So I immediately thought of making chicken tortilla soup with the leftover chicken meat.


I’ve been making lots of soups recently. In fact I made one a few weeks ago that I think you’ll really love. It’s called caldo de pollo . It’s a Mexican chicken soup that is the absolute best especially when you’re sick.

So my husband went and got the chicken and I took what I wanted from it and ended up with 2 cups of shredded chicken. I usually always try to make everything from scratch because it’s cheaper. but I think we all deserve a break every now and then so I used store bought chicken broth. And honestly it felt real good not slaving over a hot stove all day! However I did make my own tortilla chips but that was a breeze.

If you’re interested in making your own tortilla chips check out my post on it here . That post will explain how you can make your own tortilla chips. For your usual tortilla chips you cut the tortillas into triangles but for this soup they are cut into small rectangles.

Despite getting my Sunday off to a bad start it certainly ended well with a delicious and super easy dinner. If you’re looking for more easy and quick soup recipes I think you’ll love my sopa de fideo. It’s a Mexican noodle soup. Who doesn’t love noodle soup?

I hope you enjoyed this post as I loved sharing it with you. I look forward to sharing more recipes with you soon!



Chicken Tortilla Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 64 oz chicken broth
  • 1 15.25 oz can of corn (drained)
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of black bean (drained)
  • 1/4 diced white onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 5 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable for frying
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Cheddar jack cheese (optional)


  1. In a pot over medium heat add the olive oil. When hot add the onion and saute for a minute or so.

  2. Add the chicken broth, corn, tomatoes, black beans, garlic powder, ground cumin and chili powder. Stir and bring to a boil over medium high heat.

  3. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 30 min.

  4. While soup is simmering take out the corn tortillas and cut them into small rectangles.

  5. Fry the small rectangles in vegetable oil until golden.

  6. Drain the tortilla chips on a paper towel lined plate.

  7. When soup is done simmering stir in the shredded chicken and simmer for a few more minutes until chicken is heated through.

  8. Season with salt to taste if desired.

  9. Serve and garnish the soup with cheese, cilantro, avocado and corn chips.

  10. When soup is cool refrigerate the leftovers.

Carissa is from Kentucky and currently lives there with her husband and two young children. She enjoys helping families save money all while whipping up delicious home cooked meals. To see more from Carissa visit and follow her on social media:



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