Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This simple chicken soup recipe gets its Mexican flavoring from herbs and spices.

Winter 2015

  • This Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup is made with beans, corn and tomatoes, and has exceptional South-of-the-Border flavor.
    Photo by azurita/Fotolia

Yield: 8 servings

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe


• 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
• 1 pint whole peeled tomatoes, or 1 can (15 ounces), crushed fine
• 1 can (10 ounces) red enchilada sauce
• 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 cup diced onion
• 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1-1⁄2 to 2-1⁄2 cups water, depending on desired thickness of soup
• 2 cups chicken broth
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1-1⁄4 cups frozen corn kernels
• 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, optional
• 1 bay leaf
• 6 to 8 corn tortillas
• Olive oil


1. Combine chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, beans, onion, green chiles and garlic in a slow cooker. Stir in water, broth, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, corn and cilantro, if using. Stir in bay leaf.

2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

3. About 20 minutes before soup is done, preheat oven to 400 F.

4. Brush both sides of tortillas with a little olive oil, and cut them into strips. Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp.

5. To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls, and sprinkle tortilla strips over the top.

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