Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

When I see chicken tortilla soup on a restaurant menu, I get excited.

There’s something about the slightly spicy broth with tender chicken, the corn and black beans, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and those addictively good tortilla strips on top that I can’t resist.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, cheese, and addictively crunchy tortilla strips! Fast, easy weeknight meal, and better than from a restaurant!!

Rather than making a trip out for it, you can make it at home in 30 minutes and it’s easy. So many ingredients get tossed into the pot all at once and before you know it this hearty, comforting soup is ready. And it tastes better than my favorite restaurant version.

To save time, use storebought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Of course you can roast or pan sauté chicken if you’re so inclined.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, cheese, and addictively crunchy tortilla strips! Fast, easy weeknight meal, and better than from a restaurant!!

Make sure to salt your soup to taste. I use low-sodium chicken broth and no-salt-added tomatoes and add a bit of salt to my soup so I can control the overall salt level.

The saltiness of low-sodium broth, rotisserie chickens, canned tomatoes, black beans, and personal preferences for salt all vary so salt to taste.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, cheese, and addictively crunchy tortilla strips! Fast, easy weeknight meal, and better than from a restaurant!!

My family loved the soup and I love that it’s ready so quickly and with very minimal effort. And it’s better than from a restaurant.

It makes enough that I stashed half in the freezer for those nights when I just want to pull something out of the freezer for dinner. And with winter cold and flu season around the corner, soup is perfect.

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, cheese, and addictively crunchy tortilla strips! Fast, easy weeknight meal, and better than from a restaurant!!

Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

The soup has slightly spicy broth with tender chicken, corn, black beans, juicy tomatoes, creamy avocado, and addictively good tortilla strips. It’s ready in 30 minutes, easy, hearty, comforting, and better than restaurant versions. To save time, use storebought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Make sure to salt your soup to taste. It makes enough to stash half in the freezer for those nights when you just want to pull something out of the freezer for dinner. And with winter cold and flu season around the corner, soup is perfect.

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Ingredients:

Tortilla Strips

  • 10 small corn tortillas, cut into 1/4-inch wide strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper (about 4 to 5 inches long), diced very small (the seeds are where the heat is concentrated; included or discard them based on preference)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes and juice (I used petite diced, no-salt-added)
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (use storebought rotisserie chicken to save time; or roast or cook your own chicken in a skillet)
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen straight from the freezer, fresh may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
  • diced avocado for serving, optional for serving
  • shredded cheese, optional for serving
  • sour cream, optional for serving

Directions:

  1. Tortilla Strips – Preheat oven to 375F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or foil to save cleanup time, loosely scatter the tortilla strips, evenly drizzle with olive oil, evenly sprinkle with kosher salt, toss with hands to coat evenly, and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, or until crisp and lightly golden brown; set aside. While strips bake, begin making the soup.
  2. Soup – To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium-high heat to warm.
  3. Add the onion, jalapeno, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  4. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir intermittently.
  5. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes and juice, black beans, chicken, corn, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, smoked paprika, optional cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 5 to 7 minutes. If at any point the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your soup to have more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water; you’ll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end.
  6. Add the cilantro and boil 1 minute.
  7. Taste soup and add salt to taste. This will vary based on how salty the chicken broth, tomatoes, black beans, and rotisserie chicken are, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, etc.).
  8. Ladle soup into bowls, top with tortilla strips to taste, optionally garnish with avocado, cheese and/or sour cream; serve immediately. Soup will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Extra tortilla strips will keep in airtight at room temp for up to 5 days.
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295 comments on “Easy 30-Minute Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. Wow! I was going to just use tortilla chips, but so glad I made the tortilla strips. Yummy!!

    Rating: 5
  2. Delicious! Will be a staple.in our house and very easy! Even my 2 yr old loved it :-)

    Rating: 5
  3. I made this soup and took the chicken out and blended it before putting chicken back in. My family prefers smooth soup. Very good flavor!

    Rating: 5
  4. I have made this several times and love it so much!

    Rating: 5
  5. This was my first time making a soup and it was simple for a new cook like myself and DELICIOUS! Will definitely make again!

    Rating: 5
  6. Made this soup last night and it came out fantastic. I will be making this again.

    Rating: 5
  7. Love this recipe! Easy to make and delicious. I’ve made it about 3 or 4 times.

    Rating: 5
  8. I made this for my family last night, which includes 3 teenagers and my husband. Although they are not too down with soups, they loved this! I substituted store bought tortilla strips to save time. We’ll definitely be putting this into our regular meal rotation.

    Rating: 5
  9. Thank you so much. Family loved it from my two year old to my mother in law. On a mission for new recipes and this is my family’s favorite. A+!

    Rating: 5
  10. This was wonderful!I cubed 2 chicken breasts and browned them with the onions, jalapeño, and garlic then added the chicken broth and boiled for about 20 minutes before resuming the recipe as directed So tender, so delicious ! Thank you for the recipe I will be doing this again😋 and again.

    Rating: 5
  11. This is the best tortilla soup I’ve ever had in my entire life!!! I was so proud of it that I sent pics to my friends. It was super delicious. I added more lime juice because it’s a personal preference with all the soups. Wow, thank you for sharing this quick recipe. I’m very impressed.

    Rating: 5
  12. Another great recipe! The smoked paprika & cayenne are must haves for this soup in my opinion. I had a small bowl in the freezer I heated up and ended up making another batch a few days later because I forgot how much I love this soup. So so good!! I always top it with a squeeze of lime, sour cream, avocado, & tortilla strips.

  13. I’ve made many delicious tortilla soup recipes but this one tops them all! My husband is begging me to save this one- he loves it so much! You will NOT be disappointed!:)

    Rating: 5
  14. I’ve made Chicken Tortilla Soup too many times to count, because, well, it’s delicious, healthy and inexpensive. This is hands-down my favorite recipe so far! I can’t wait for leftovers again tonight.

    Rating: 5
  15. I made this the day before for an overnight sailing trip for a large group. We heated it up on the boat and had all the “add-ins”. Everybody loved it, they all had seconds. We’re heading out on another sailing trip and I was requested to make it again.

    Rating: 5
  16. Best tortilla soup recipe online !!!

    Rating: 5
  17. Wow….yet another delicious recipe. Full of flavor and the toppings just add that extra yumminess.I’ve tried a few of your recipes and love them all, thank you.

    Rating: 5
  18. Excellent! I added oregano and sauted spices first. I also pulse the tortillas in food processor and add to soup to give broth more tortilla flavor, instead of adding on top. Skilled the corn too. Thanks for recipe!👍🏼

  19. This soup is the bomb. So good. Family loves it. Make it all the time. I do not use onion as I do not like onion. I also do not use the diced tomatoes but rather substitute tomato sauce. I used canned corn and it was fine. I use half low sodium/half regular chicken broth. Really excellent!

    Rating: 5
  20. This was amazing! Just a tip though…learn from my mistake… I used canned jalapenos, thinking canned would be too spicy…I also used the cayenne pepper…ok…to much together…but it was so good that we suffered thru it!! Can’t wait to do it right next time.

    Rating: 5
  21. Sorry…my comment should say “wouldn’t” ..not would.

    Rating: 5
  22. My husband really liked this recipe. It’s probably the best chicken tortilla soup I’ve made. I’ll make it again!

    Rating: 5
  23. I love brothy soups and this one has lots of flavor.
    I added some zucchini and fire roasted corn. Delicious

  24. I can already tell this is 5 stars! As an amateur I just want to make sure I do the chicken right, I want to put raw chicken breasts into the soup – it’s my favorite way of getting it cooked and shredded to perfection. Do I need to keep the chicken in for certain amount of time? Bring to a boil? Any advise on how to cook the chicken in the soup? Thank you!!

    Rating: 5

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