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Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup

Authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup

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  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


The best authentic Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe made with fresh ingredients, like cilantro, and topped with crispy fried tortilla strips.


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  • 6 soft corn tortillas
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 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
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • sour cream, optional
  • Mexican shredded cheese, optional
  • sliced avocado, optional


  1. Stack your soft tortilla shells and cut them into strips. 
  2. Heat a cooking pan to medium-high heat and add cooking oil. Fry 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. 
  3. Heat a cooking pan to medium heat and add butter and chopped onions. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add chopped cilantro, jalapeno, minced garlic, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, red cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and adobo all-purpose seasoning. Stir.
  4. Add the tomato paste, chicken stock, and shredded chicken to the cooking pan. Stir until combined.
  5. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium-low heat.
  6. Serve soup in a bowl topped with crispy tortilla strips and optional toppings.



You can use chilies in place of jalapenos.

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.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 812mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.8g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 21.5g
  • Cholesterol: 57mg