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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x


Seasoned with smoky chipotle peppers and slowly simmered for added flavor, this Mexican chicken tortilla soup is flavorful, filling and so easy to make. Garnish with crispy tortillas, fresh cilantro and creamy avocado for a cozy, warm meal.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 large onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 34 chipotle peppers, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from chipotle can)

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 3 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on

  • 1 bone-in, skin on chicken breast

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • Salt & pepper, to taste

  • To thicken the soup: 1/4 cup cornmeal + 1/2 cup coconut milk (optional)


  1. In a large stockpot or dutch over, heat olive oil to medium high. Add onions, garlic, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Season with a pinch of coarse salt.
  2. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent – about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients, making sure the chicken is submerged in liquid. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked through.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred or chop the meat. Discard skin and bones. Return to the pot.
  6. Whisk the cornmeal and coconut milk together until smooth. Stir into to the soup and allow it to cook until the broth thickens, about 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper, to taste.
  8. To serve, top each bowl with a small amount of crushed tortilla chips and cilantro.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 114
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 469.5 mg
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.7 g
  • Fiber: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 6.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.6 mg

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