tortilla soup

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~Tortilla Soup~

This soup has a slightly spicy broth and fun fixings: steamed jasmine rice, avocado chunks, Serrano pepper slices, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, purple onion and tortilla strips. Even the kiddos will make bowls of this disappear.

4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

3 big carrots

2 Tablespoons cumin

cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere’s) and freshly ground pepper to taste

6 cups homemade chicken stock or store bought broth

1 small roasted chicken (I like the already-made rotisserie chickens from Byerly’s) skin and bones discarded, meat shredded

1 (14.5 oz) Muir Glen organic fire roasted, diced tomatoes +juice

1 (7 oz.) can roasted green chilies

1/2 cup dry white wine

zest and juice of 1/2 lime


steamed jasmine or basmati rice

1 avocado, cut into chunks

Serrano pepper slices (or chopped)

shredded pepper jack cheese or colby/cheddar jack

chopped cilantro

thin slices of purple onion

homemade tortilla strips or store bought corn chips, crumbled

Sriracha hot sauce


Steam a couple cups of jasmine or basmati rice. Set aside. Wash, peel, and slice carrots into large slices on the diagonal. Steam until just tender, and set aside.

In a large stock pot over medium-low flame, heat the olive oil. Add the chopped yellow onion and saute until soft (About 10 minutes.)

Add the garlic, cumin, Cajun seasoning, and pepper. Saute another minute. Add the chicken stock, turn up the heat and bring to simmer. Add the shredded chicken, tomatoes + juice, canned chilies, wine, lime zest and juice and carrots. Heat through. Season to taste.  Cover and remove from heat.

To serve:

Ladle soup into bowls. Top with a couple spoonfuls of the steamed rice, some avocado chunks, Serrano pepper, pepper jack cheese, cilantro, fresh purple onion and tortilla strips. Top with a little Sriracha if you like spicy!



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  7 comments for “tortilla soup

  1. Ken
    November 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

    This soup looks so good. The last tortilla soup I had was this Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe and it was really good but the pictures here look way better…

    Thanks for the recipe I will definitely be trying it in the near future.

  2. admin
    November 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Well, thanks! Enjoy the recipe Ken 😉

  3. admin
    November 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

    also, if you like the soup a bit spicier, you can add a little cayenne when you add the other seasonings, and when adding the toppings include a little Sriracha hot sauce.

  4. Mary Back
    January 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Sweet Lady! You are amazing! This is gorgeous and I must try it NOW! Thanks for posting. Maryb

    • Melissa
      January 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Hello my lovely Mary! You’re going to love this! xoxo

  5. November 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Wow this looks delicious (your pictures are beautiful by the way). Love the addition of the dry white wine–must try!

    • Melissa
      November 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Julia! Thanks! This is definitely one of my favorites, and one of the easiest soups in my repertoire 😉 enjoy.

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