It’s that time of year when many of us are trying to stay out of the cold weather — and for those of us in Texas — trying to escape the one day it actually drops below 40 degrees. Haha. Regardless if you enjoy the winter weather or want to escape it, a bowl of hot soup is one of those dishes that is always right on time.
As I have been creating different types of soups, I’m starting to realize that sometimes going the simple route is a lot better. This chicken tortilla soup is easy to make and it takes a very traditional approach. Similar to the preparation you would find if you visited Mexico City; with a few small adjustments.
This is the absolute best Mexican chicken tortilla soup recipe!
Making Chicken Tortilla Soup:
In my recipe, I start with a base of chicken broth and combine that with tomato paste, onions, garlic, jalapeños, and tortillas, cut into strips, and fried.
The flavor profile begins to build with fresh cilantro and chopped onions. It’s amazing what these two ingredients can do for a dish and fresh cilantro brightens any recipe. And as you know, jalapeños can be hit or miss, but if you get a spicy one the dish will have quite the kick. If not, you’ll end up with a more mild heat.
The chicken stock is the most important ingredient and I only use a tablespoon of tomato paste. You can also use fresh roasted tomatoes, but tomato paste is intensely flavored. A small dab of tomato paste adds a hit of tomato flavor to the soup without the excess liquid that comes when fresh tomatoes are used.
I save time by buying the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and pulling the meat into two cups of shredded chicken. You can also use chicken breast, but I find the shredded chicken soaks up all the flavors of the soup better.
An authentic (and easy) Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe made with fresh ingredients, like onion and cilantro, and topped with crispy fried tortilla strips.
1 Medium Yellow Onion
1/4cup Jalapeno Peppers
1/2cup Fresh Cilantro
4cup Chicken Stock
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
6 Soft Corn Tortillas
2cups Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
1 tbsp Butter
3 tsp Minced Garlic
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Red Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Adobo All Purpose Seasoning
Mexican Shredded Cheese
Begin by stacking your soft tortilla shells and cutting them into strips.
Remove fresh cilantro leaves from the stem, chop them into pieces, and set them to the side. Chop onions and jalapeno into small pieces and set to the side.
Pre-heat the cooking pan (I use an Enameled Cast Iron 5 Quart(paid link) pan) to medium/high heat and add cooking oil. Cook soft tortilla strips for 2 minutes or until they begin to brown and remove from heat. Place on a paper towel and allow to drain.
Slightly lower heat to medium and add butter and chopped onions. Cook until onions are translucent. Add chopped cilantro, minced garlic, jalapeno, and seasonings. Stir together, then add in tomato paste.
Add chicken stock to the cooking pan and add shredded chicken.
Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium/low heat, then change heat to simmer.
The cooking oil coats the bottom of your pan so you can fry the tortilla strips. The amount needed will depend on the size of your pan. You’ll want enough oil so that your soft tortilla strips are mostly submerged so they can fry evenly.