What’s for Dinner – Chicken Tortilla Soup

What’s For Dinner : Chicken Tortilla Soup

Today I was feeling a little southern borderish and wanted some spice in my life, so I made some Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I make it as spicy as possible, but for those feeble tounges out there I listed the spicy ingredients as optional; if you leave them out the soup will be the same just not so spicy.  This is a pretty standard soup recipe and you can tweak the ingredients by adding other things or taking out some things to make it your own.  Play around with it!  Have Fun With This!

This soup may seem a daunting task because of the large list of ingredients, but it takes about $20 and 20 min at the store to find and buy all these things.  Once you have them all opened/ chopped and grouped this soup is extremely easy to make.  Seriously almost no skill at all required.  This recipe will serve 8-12 bowls of soup depending on the size bowls your are serving.  that’s about $2.00 a serving.  This soup has an entire meal in it to, so you dont need to make anything else.  Maybe a loaf of fresh bread to sop up all that spicy goodness but totally not necessary.  An entire meal for $2.00!  What’s your $.99 value meal got on that, 4 crappy tacos, or two tiny cheeseburgers loaded with calories and trans fat.  I’ll have some soup please!


I have listed all the ingredients here grouped together into bowls because you will add the whole group into the soup at once.  I found it quicker and easier to organize and place all the grouped ingredients into individual bowls ahead of actual cook time, just like they do on T.V.

Bowl #1

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Diced White Onion
  • 3 Cloves Minced Garlic or 2 Tbsp from this <–buy this and leave it in your fridge.  Fresh minced garlic in seconds.
  • Price  : $2.00

Bowl #2

  • 4 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper (optional, just for extra spicyness!)
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 3 1/3 Cup Chicken Broth (I used 2 2/3 cups water and about 3 Tbsp of Chicken Bullion <– Just like the garlic keep this on hand it is very useful)
  • 2 (14oz) cans Diced Tomatoes (about 17 Roma Tomatoes, you can go fresh here but cans are much easier and cheaper)
  • 1 (28oz) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • Price  : $2.50

Bowl #3

  • 1 cup Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 cup White Hominy
  • 1 (14oz) can Black Beans
  • 1 (4oz) can Chopped Green Chili Peppers
  • 1 Diced Jalapeño (optional / seeded will not be as spicy)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • 3 Chicken Breasts Marinated and BBQ’d
  • Price  : $9.00

Chicken Marinade :

  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 Tbsp Onoin Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Chipotle Peppers
  • Salt and Pepper to your taste
  • Price : $2.00


  • Tortilla Chips


  • Grated Cheese
  • Dallop of Daisy (Sour Cream)
  • Diced Green Onions
  • Sliced Avocado

Prep Work

As I have listed above each of the ingredients can be opened/chopped/BBQ’d/minced/etc and placed into bowls ahead of time.   If you have a food processor your prep time will be cut in half of normal knife chopping.  First defrost your chicken and pour the marinade into a large ziplock bag.  Add in the chicken and let marinade for about 10-20 min, the longer the more flavor the chicken will absorb.  Next BBQ that chicken up!  Should only take about 10 min.  While the chicken is marinading and BBQing you can get the onions and cilantro chopped up and once the chicken is done chop it up into small/medium bite size pieces.  Also start trying to group ingredients into bowls or together as I have grouped above.  For Bowl #3 it may be easier, if you don’t have a large enough bowl, to just leave everything in the can and place them all next to each other.

  • Total prep time without marinading or defrosting : 15 min.  With marinading and defrosting about 40 min.


  1. Now that everything is grouped together you can put, Bowl #1 the oil, onion, and garlic, in a large pot.  The pot must be big enough for all ingredients to eventually fit in.  Let the onions simmer with the garlic in the oil until the onions become soft being careful not to burn the garlic.  Should take less than 5 min.
  2. Next add Bowl #2 into the pot and stir ingredients together well.  Turn up the heat and allow the soup to boil.  Should take about 10 min.
  3. Once the water begins to boil add in Bowl #3 and turn down the heat letting the soup simmer for about 10 min.
  4. Serve each bowl with crushed tortilla chips on top.  You can also add chesse, sour cream, sliced avacado and chopped green onions to the top of the soup.  I must have cheese and avocados on mine, but to each his own.  The sour cream cools down the spice if it a little to much for you and the green onions really just make the soup look nice in the bowls but don’t do much taste-wise.
  • Total cook time : 25 min.

That’s it , enjoy!

    • gabrielle anwar
    • August 10th, 2010

    Nice post!!:D

    gabrielle anwar

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