Zesty Tortilla Soup

When I saw this soup osted over at cinnamon, spice & everything nice I knew I had to make it. If you like tortilla soup… MAKE THIS. Its so freaking good. It really easy, really filling, and really cheap. I almost didn’t make it tonight because I got tuck at work late (yes, again! I thought I was done with this!) but I’m so glad I did.

This soup is perfect for a rainy Spring night. I added some black beans to add some bulk and I used chipotle chili powder that gave it a nice smokiness. The “stuff” to broth ratio is pretty high, so next time I’ll add more broth. It was fine as is, but that way I’ll get more leftovers.

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and cracked pepper
  • lime juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 T chipotle chili powder
  • 4 c fat free chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, including juice
  • 1/2 14.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 8 6″ corn tortillas (fat free if you can find them)
  • 1/2 cup  extra sharp cheddar, shredded
  • lime slices, avocado, and sour cream for serving

Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Grill until cooked through. Set aside to cool, then shred.

Heat oil in a soup pot. Cook onion until it softens. Add garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Cook 1 minute, then add broth, tomatoes, chicken, beans, cilantro, and oregano. Dice 4 tortillas and throw those in the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 350. Cut remaining tortillas into strips. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spritz the top of the tortillas with cooking spray, then bake 7 minutes, or until they become crispy.

Serve soup topped with crispy tortilla strips, diced avocado, a dallop of sour cream ,and a lime wedge.

Serves 6.


  1. I saw it at Reeni’s too. You did a fantastic job and your pictures are gorgeous. I am definitely going to have to make this soon!

  2. I saw it too! Reeni is awesome. yours look heavenly, too.
    I’m making this as soon as I get back to the States and have cheap access to tortilla. I don’t think this soup will be complete without tortilla strips, and I want my first taste of it to be perfect!

  3. are you trying to make me yours? this soup looks like a bowl of happiness.

  4. Looks good but maybe not spicy enough. Thoughts on adding some fresh peppers?

  5. Katherine- thanks! I’ve been tryign really hard to improve my photos, so I really appreciate that

    Sophia- Reeni is amazing! But yeah, I wouldn’t attempt this without the tortillas… it just wouldn’t be the same

    doggiebloggy- lol! no worries, I can barely handle having one man in my life. ;) a bowl of happiness is th perfect way to describe this. Its like it gives you a hug from the inside.

    cg- I was thinking about adding peppers when I ate my leftovers this afternoon! As is it isn’t spicy, but it does have a little bit of a smoky zippiness. I would worry a little about throwing the balance off with peppers, but I do think it would be good in the right proportions.

  6. Looks very tasty! I haven’t always been a fan of tortilla soup. But I can make exceptions if they look like this. =)

  7. soup sounds good right about now

  8. Your version looks great! I felt like I wanted to add stuff to it too, I had to hold myself back. I’m so happy you tried it. You made my night!

  9. This tortilla soup looks so good. I’ll definitely try it!

  10. This is a great soup! :D You should submit it to Deb’s Souper Sundays, she loves to post soups from other foodies every Sunday. http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/

  11. I LOVE TORTILLA SOUP!!!!!!!! omg my absolute favorite!!

  12. Ohhh, yum! That sounds so nice!

  13. MMMMMMM…Great soup!! This soup looks delicious!!!


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