Everyone knows about Taco Tuesday, but we are firm believers that every day should be a taco day. Sometimes we want to take in all of the goodness of the dish in a way that's easier to eat, which is where chicken taco soup recipes come in. (Because you have to be in the mood to have messy hands.) If you find the right soup recipes, you won't miss out on any of the flavor or ingredients, plus a last-minute fried tortilla chip garnish gives you that added crunch that won't get soggy mid-dip. Below, we've rounded up three of the top tried-and-true chicken taco soup recipes that are begging to be made this fall. Scroll through and then have yourself a mini fiesta.
SALSA VERDE CHICKEN AND RICE TORTILLA SOUP
The Hero Ingredient: Homemade (or store-bought) salsa verde brings a ton of flavor to this chicken taco soup recipe that cooks up in 40 minutes flat.
The Recipe: Browned chicken simmers with chicken broth, the salsa verde, and spices, and then gets topped with rice, fresh cilantro, and lime juice once cooked through. Top with all your favorites like sliced avocado, cheddar, and the works.
The Clincher: While the soup is simmering, fry (or bake) some tortilla chips that you can use as a garnish (and devour).
SKINNY CHICKEN TACO SOUP
The Hero Ingredient: Tomato paste thickens up this soup and totally amplifies the flavor when mixed with the tomato sauce.
The Recipe: Sautéed onion and garlic are cooked in a pot with tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, and chicken stock. Add some spices, and then garnish with baked tortilla chips.
The Clincher: You can use store-bought rotisserie chicken and shred it if you’re short on time. The soup will still be oh so good.
CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
The Hero Ingredient: Blackened hatch chilies kick up the spice level on this chicken taco soup recipe.
The Recipe: Onions, garlic, tomatoes, roasted chilies, and chicken broth simmer to create a base; after around 10 minutes, toss in some shredded chicken. Finally, top with fresh cilantro leaves and all of your favorite extras.
The Clincher: If you opt for gluten-free chips, this makes a great meal to serve guests who may have food allergies or sensitivities.
SHOP FALL SOUP ESSENTIALS
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