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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe - poblano peppers, fresh cilantro, tangy lime and warm spices come together to make this belly warming soup a favorite in our house

Fresh Cilantro Leaves & A Hint Of Lime . .

Meld with the subtle heat of poblano and jalapeno peppers in this belly warming rendition of traditional tortilla soup. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the toppings!

Oh, and if you need an easy side dish to go with it, this Easy Spanish Rice will do just fine.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe - poblano peppers, fresh cilantro, tangy lime and warm spices come together to make this belly warming soup a favorite in our house

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe


Optional Garnishes

  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • additional cilantro
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped green onion
  • pico de gallo


Medium sized soup or stock pot


1. In a wide-bottomed  pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sautee until tender.
2. Add garlic, jalapenos, and poblano pepper. Sautee for another minute, then pour in the whole tomatoes. Chop them in to quarters using a spatula.
2. Stir in broth and tomato paste.
3. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and paprika.
4. Bring pot to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice, cilantro and shredded chicken.
5. Ladle soup into individual bowls and top with sliced avocado. Serve with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips/grain-free tortilla chips/plaintain chips and  lime wedges.

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20 Responses to Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen says:

    This sounds and looks FABULOUS, Heather!

  2. Christina@TheHippyHomemaker says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was totally awesome!!! I added in 1 cup of corn and 2 cups black beans! Thanks so much for a rockin’ awesome recipe! <3

  3. Amy says:

    that looks absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  4. Ali says:

    looks great. how many servings does this provide?

  5. Jenny Hunt says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I added some black beans and put it all in the slow cooker last night before bed, and it is wonderful =) Way to go helping me get dinner made while my toddler was asleep. Now we have lunch/dinner ready to go for today with a side of guacamole.

  6. Pamela Delgado P via FB says:

    Alfredo Perez

  7. Mistie Moore Jones via FB says:

    Sounds great, we may have to make this this week.

  8. Koa Wainman via FB says:

    Theresa Easter

  9. Amish Country Foods via FB says:

    This sounds really great to me. Kinda like a gazpacho. Yum!

  10. Elizabeth Roberts via FB says:

    This is our newest favorite soup! We can’t get enough of it.

  11. Becky McNeil via FB says:

    Just made this– it is incredible!

  12. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Yay, so happy you liked it Elizabeth Roberts and Becky McNeil!

  13. Allison T. says:

    I don’t have much experience cooking with whole chickens but I am wondering if I can make this starting with a whole chicken and using the slow cooker. Maybe prepare all ingredients as described, add to slow cooker with the whole chicken plus 5 cups water rather than stock. Cook on low for probably 8-10 hours, remove chicken, pull meat off bone and add back into the soup, reserve bones to make stock another time??? Does anybody think that would work? Thanks! Sounds delicious! :)

  14. Allie says:

    I made this last night and it is AMAZING!!! I will definitely make this again. I topped it with avocado and raw cheese.

  15. Valeria says:

    I made this for dinner tonight, and the entire family loved it! It’s absolutely delicious, and needs no modification whatsoever. Thanks for sharing! Big fan of your blog :)

  16. Tyler says:

    BEST CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP EVER!! This recipe belongs in a published cookbook – when is that coming Mommypotamus?? Absolutely no modifications necessary. We didn’t use the jalapeno because we don’t like very spicy (and I wanted to ensure it was kid friendly) and I added a can of corn. Definitely going into the rotation!

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