Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 T. olive oil
1 (12.5 oz.) can chicken (do NOT drain)
1/2 c. finely diced onion
2 garlic cloves
1 t. ground cumin
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. chili powder
1/4 t. ground pepper
(I use "heaping" teaspoons when measuring the spices)
1 (14 ½ oz.) can chicken broth
1 (15 ¼ oz.) can corn kernels (do NOT drain)
1 (15 oz.) can black beans (rinse and drain)
1 (14 ½ oz.) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes (cut up)
tortilla strips (see below)
fresh cilantro
diced avocado
sour cream

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
-Heat oil in pan over medium heat and sautee onion and garlic.
-Add can of chicken and spices (cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper).
-Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
-Stir in broth, undrained corn, black beans and tomatoes.
(I like a little extra broth in my finished soup so I add some extra water, maybe 1/4-1/3 cup)
-Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 min.

While the soup simmers you can prepare the tortilla strips (or if you are pressed for time, just crush tortilla chips):
Using kitchen scissors (there is probably an actual name for them) cut tortillas into thin strips (I cut 3 at a time). Spread evenly in a lightly greased 9x13 dish.
Bake them in oven approx 4 minutes then stir them around and bake 3 more.
I often put them under the broiler for a couple minutes at the end to make them golden brown. Let them cool and harden, then serve on top of the soup with your other favorite toppings. Avocados are to die for in it in my opinion.

Serves 6, cost per dish $5.49


  1. This is definitely my favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup! My husband is not a big fan of soup - I think it doesn't feel like a real meal to him. But Marci brought this to us afte ri had surgery and he loved it! He took all the leftovers to work the next day. He was very happy when I "made" it again from our freezer swap! Avocados are a definite must with it! yum!

  2. This soup was SO good! Everyone loved it and I ate a second bowl after the kids went to bed! Agreed on the avocados! Thanks Marci!

  3. We just had this tonight. And as I am looking at the picture, I realized I forgot the tortillas. It was really good. I did however actually add some rotel and a can of pinto beans.