A traditional Mexican dish, chicken tortilla soup offers all the flavors of Mexican cooking in one hearty and filling meal. Think roasted tomatoes, chiles, fried tortillas, and a sprinkle of cheese on top. In addition to classic combinations, you can substitute chicken for black beans or turkey. Bring out the big pot, and make one of these 10 chicken tortilla soup recipes tonight.
Each recipe is bursting with unique and comforting flavors fit for the season. Try your hand at a creamy chicken tortilla soup or a chipotle black bean variation. Chicken tortilla soup is relatively simple to prepare, as most recipes require just one pot, and some can even be made in an Instant Pot or slow-cooker for a seriously easy weeknight dinner. Discover your next favorite soup recipe below.
Poblano Corn Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Poblano Corn Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe from Half Baked Harvest calls for fresh tomatillos instead of traditional tomatoes. Tomatillos are a Mexican husk tomato and the flavor they add to this dish makes all the difference.
The Pro Tip: "This is naturally gluten-free and loaded with protein and veggies. So going back for seconds is totally the right thing to do," writes Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Just one poblano pepper is all you need to give this dish from Salt & Wind the spicy kick you'd expect of any tortilla soup. It wouldn't be the same without it.
The Pro Tip: "I like to mix it up, garnishing with avocado, radishes, scallions, and, of course, lots and lots of crisp tortilla strips," Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind writes.
Use slightly stale tortilla strips, which will crisp up better, Salt & Wind also recommends. The strips can also be made up to two days ahead.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Hatch chiles give this A Healthy Life For Me recipe the perfect amount of spice. They'll create a less intense flavor than jalapeños, but you can swap them out for poblano peppers if you don't have access to other varieties.
The Pro Tip: "If you are gluten-free, there are several delicious gluten-free tortilla chips out there, and if you are eating the Paleo diet, skip chips, as they won't be missed. Just add a bit more avocado to your bowl of soup," writes Amy Stafford of a Healthy Life for Me.
Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: You can use any spicy salsa to re-create this soup recipe by Minimalist Baker, but for the full experience, you'll want to whip up a batch of this red chipotle salsa. It's packed with flavor and you can eat the leftovers with chips on the side.
The Pro Tip: "I love making this kind of meal when you need to entertain but don't want to spend a lot of time and money on the meal. It's also a great soup to make ahead for lunches and easy weeknight dinners throughout the week," Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker writes.
Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: The salsa verde, which you can buy at the store or prepare homemade, provides most of the flavors found in this simple soup recipe, again from Half Baked Harvest. It complements the hearty green vegetables and means fewer ingredients are needed to satisfy your taste buds.
The Pro Tip: "I can't lie—the fried [tortilla strips] beat the baked by a landslide. You just can't deny it," admits Gerard.
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup With Tortilla Strips
The Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Cream cheese gives this soup recipe from With Peanut Butter on Top just the right amount of creamy texture. Combined with traditional tortilla soup ingredients like enchilada sauce and beans, it's comfort food taken to the next level.
The Pro Tip: "If you find that your soup is too thick, pour in some extra chicken broth to thin it out to your preference. Stir well as you’re pouring," Samantha from With Peanut Butter on Top advises.
Cheesy Turkey Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Cheesy Turkey Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: It wouldn't be a cheesy tortilla soup without a heavy sprinkle of Monterey jack and sharp cheddar cheese—the hero ingredients of this tasty dish from How Sweet Eats. Don't forget to sprinkle on extra when you serve it up.
The Pro Tip: According to Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats, putting corn tortillas in the soup while it's cooking is the key to thickening up the soup without adding cream or milk. Add slices of tortilla to the soup in batches until they're golden and crispy.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Green chiles give this tortilla soup recipe from Kim's Cravings just the right amount of spicy kick. Add that along with browned chicken breasts, beans, sweet corn, spices, chicken broth, and tomatoes to a Crock-Pot for three hours and dinner is served.
The Pro Tip: Go crazy with toppings like avocado, cilantro, lime, cheese, sour cream.
Tortilla Soup With Zucchini
The Recipe: Tortilla Soup With Zucchini
The Hero Ingredient: Along with corn, beans, and tomatoes, this unique tortilla soup from The Modern Proper also calls for zucchini. The vegetable gives the dish an unexpected flavor and texture that's simply delicious.
The Pro Tip: Save the bones from your rotisserie chicken to make your own homemade stock or bone broth with and save for another time.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Find a full-bodied southwestern-spiced broth (see: Cumin, chili powder, cayenne) to make a weeknight dinner that's bursting with flavors. To make this recipe from Melanie Makes, combine with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen like black bean, tomatoes, frozen corn, cumin, and chili powder for the perfect winter meal.
The Pro Tip: Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes recommends topping your finished soup with a dollop of plain yogurt, limes, and avocado for the final touch.