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This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is simply the best all-time family comfort soup. Store-bought chicken broth, canned tomato soup, rotisserie chicken, a perfect blend of seasonings and cheese make it an easy and fast, happy meal. One of the all time great weeknight healthy dinner ideas!

chicken tortilla soup in a white bowl with cilantro and chips

Keeping it simple is the key to making delicious and healthy soup. This one- pot soup can be easily adjusted to any consistency and spice level you prefer.

Want it thin and light? Just omit the 4 oz. of Queso Velveeta cheese.

Like it thicker but gluten-free? Keep the cheese and crush up a handful of corn tortilla chips and stir into the broth. Doesn’t get any easier!

INGREDIENTS

With the right amount of spice and good quality ingredients making great soup is easy and stress free.

  • shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped, minced
  • 1 large jalapeno chopped, deseeded
  • 1 tbsp chili powder, heaping
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • Better than Boullion Roasted Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can diced tomatoes & peppers
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 4 oz Processed Queso Cheese
  • cilantro
  • tortilla chips or corn tortillas
step one and two instruction on how to make Chicken Tortilla Soup

HOW TO COOK CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

  1. STEP ONE – Chop up the onion, jalapeno, and garlic.
  2. STEP TWO – Saute the cut up veggies in 1 tsp of oil until soft.
  3. STEP THREE – Add chili powder, cumin, and lemon pepper to veggies and stir to coat the veggies. Stir in roasted garlic bouillon. Note: if you can’t find roasted garlic bouillon then substitute with chicken bouillon.
  4. STEP FOUR – Pour chicken broth, tomato soup, and drained canned diced tomatoes and chilis, like Rotel. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. STEP FIVE – Add shredded rotisserie chicken, Queso cheese, and canned corn. Note: use regular Velveeta if you can’t find the queso type or substitute any easy melting cheese for Velveeta
  6. STEP SIX – let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Note: make sure cheese does not settle on the bottom of the pan while cooking.
  7. STEP SEVEN – Ladle into bowls. Serve with chopped up fresh cilantro, sliced avocados, grated cheese, cotija cheese, a squeeze of lime, extra hot sauce or hot salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, or pan-fried corn tortillas.

COOKING NOTES AND TIPS

If you want to use whole raw chicken breast simply saute it along with the veggies. Follow the rest of the instructions and before you add the cheese take the whole chicken breast out and shred it. Then add it back to the pot and add the cheese. Let simmer until everything is incorporated.

Ground turkey or even ground beef would be really good in place of rotisserie chicken. Add a can of black beans would along with the corn for more goodness.

just finished Chicken Tortilla Soup in the soup bowl

Approximate Weight Watcher Points (naturally Low Carb)

  • 3 points for a bowl without additional cheese and chips
  • 2 points for 6 tortilla chips
  • 4 points for 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 1 points for 2 tbls avocado 

Crockpot or Instant Pot Methods

Instead of making this soup on top of your stove, make it in a crockpot like this one…just add everything except the corn and the cheese. Cook on low for two to three hours then add in the corn and cheese and cook for another hour on low.

Cooking it in an Instant Pot (mine has a slow cooker setting…2 appliances in 1) is a super fast way to cook this yummy soup. Use the saute setting for the veggies, follow the remaining recipe instructions keeping the Instant Pot setting on saute but turning it down to low. Soooo Easy!!

over head close up of served chicken tortilla soup in a white bowl

SERVING OPTIONS

Serve with avocados, tortilla chips, corn tortillas (pan fried), sour cream, salsa, extra cheese, cotija cheese, black beans, jalapenos, or mexican rice.

A fresh green salad would round out this meal in no time at all. These easy, crispy, crunchy Air Fryer Beef Burritos would make this meal a weekly request… Mini Mexirolls would be perfect for little hands and would super easy in this Instant Air Fryer as well!

close up of side view of a spoon in Chicken tortilla soup

MORE DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY DINNER IDEAS

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Simply the Best Chicken Tortilla Soup. Easy, savory, spicy comfort food at it's best!
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken tortilla soup, mexican tortilla soup, soup, southwest soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped, minced
  • 1 large jalapeno chopped, deseeded
  • 1 tbsp chili powder, heaping
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tbsp Better than Bouillon Roasted Garlic
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes & peppers
  • 1 can mexicorn
  • 4 oz Processed Queso Cheese I used Velveeta
  • shredded rotisserie chicken
  • cilantro
  • tortilla chips or corn tortillas

Optional and Add-on Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • sliced avacados
  • grated cheese
  • lime juice

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – Chop up the onion, jalapeno, and garlic.
  • STEP TWO – Saute the cut up veggies in 1 tsp of oil until soft.
  • STEP THREE – Add chili powder, cumin, and lemon pepper to veggies and stir to coat the veggies. Stir in roasted garlic bouillon. Note: if you can't find garlic bouillon then substitute with chicken bouillon.
  • STEP FOUR – Pour chicken broth, tomato soup, and drained canned diced tomatoes and chilis. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • STEP FIVE – Add shredded rotisserie chicken, Queso cheese, and canned corn. Note: use regular Velveeta if you can't find the queso type or substitute any easy melting cheese for Velveeta
  • STEP SIX – let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Note: make sure cheese does not settle on the bottom of the pan while cooking.
  • STEP SEVEN – Ladle into bowls and serve with sliced avocados, grated cheese, cotija cheese, a squeeze of lime, extra hot sauce or hot salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, or pan-fried corn tortillas.

Notes

Optional Cooking Methods
Instead of making this soup on top of your stove, make it in a crockpot like this one…just add everything except the corn and the cheese. Cook on low for two to three hours then add in the corn and cheese and cook for another hour on low.
Cooking it in an Instant Pot (mine has a slow cooker setting…2 appliances in 1) is a super fast way to cook this yummy soup. Use the saute setting for the veggies, follow the remaining recipe instructions keeping the Instant Pot setting on saute but turning it down to low. Soooo Easy!!
Naturally low carb and Weight Watcher Friendly
3 points for a bowl without additional cheese and chips
2 pts. for 6 tortilla chips
4 pts. for 1/4 cup grated cheese
1 pt. for 2 tbls avocado 
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