Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup
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Warmly spiced and satisfying, this tortilla soup comes together fast thanks to the ultimate easy dinner party trick: a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

Tortilla Soup

What is Tortilla Soup, Anyway?

Spiced, but not necessarily spicy, tortilla soup is simple, flavorful Mexican chicken soup traditionally flavored with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and chilies. While our version may not qualify as the most authentic tortilla soup recipe ever, we know for sure it’s the most weeknight friendly. Our recipe combines major flavor and minimal effort thanks to these 3 superstar ingredients that deserve a place on your grocery list every time:

  1. A can of fire-roasted tomatoes. Keyword here is “roasted”! It adds a lot of depth to our soup base.
  2. A can of enchilada sauce. This underrated pantry staple adds more of that rich smoky, roasty flavor—lots of complexity, zero effort.
  3. A store-bought rotisserie chicken. A huge time-saver that lends yet another layer of fire-and-smoke flavor to the tortilla soup.
Tortilla Soup

Rotisserie Chickens—a Love Story:

Can we talk for a second about how many easy dinners a rotisserie chicken can make? So many. You’re no less of a home cook for relying on the occasional shortcut, and cooked whole chicken is one of the greatest shortcuts of all time. If you don’t end up using all of the chicken for this soup, toss the leftovers into a quick chicken salad for school lunches, or save some for tomorrow nights’ dinner (mole chicken enchiladas, anyone?).

But we digress. You get the idea—rotisserie chickens are great. Don’t leave the store without one. Back to tortilla soup.

Tortilla Soup

How To Make Tortilla Soup :

A few minutes of prep, and a quick simmer on the stove is all that this forgiving meal requires. Enlisting some help—the job of pulling chicken apart is ideal for tiny hands—turns prep time into quality time.

  • Remove all the meat from the chicken (and don’t forget to save the bones for stock!)
  • Chop the onion, garlic and zucchini.
  • Toss everything into a big pot along with the canned tomatoes, chilies and spices.
  • Put your feet up and snack on tortilla chips while the soup simmers. (optional, but recommended).
Tortilla Soup

Super satisfying, healthy, quick and inexpensive—what more can we ask for in a weeknight dinner?

Tortilla Soup

Other Quick & Easy Mexican-inspired Favorites:

Feeling ambitious? This bright, fresh Pico De Gallo would go beautifully with this soup.

Or maybe this day demands a cocktail? If so, this meal demands a spicy Margarita.

Mexican food is great for breakfast, too. Like in these (freezable) breakfast burritos

If you make this tortilla soup, we’d love to hear about it! Be sure to snap a photo, add it to your Instagram feed or stories and tag us @themodernproper and #themodernproper if you do. 

Also, feel free to leave a comment on the post and tell your friends where you discovered the recipe.

Tortilla Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 rotisserie chicken
1 (15 oz) can diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 small onion
1 zucchini, large chopped
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can creamed or sweet corn
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 bay leaves

Garnish

4 tbsp cilantro, chopped
fresh lime juice
sour cream
cheese, shredded
corn chips, crushed
avocado

Method

  1. While rotisserie chicken is still warm, pick all meat of the bones. Place chicken meat in a large soup pot. Discard bones, or save if you like to make homemade stock. Place all ingredients from roasted tomatoes through bay leaves in the same pot as the chicken. Turn heat to high.
  2. As soon as soup begins to boil, turn to medium-low heat and continue to cook until onions as translucent and zucchini is tender. About 30 minutes.
  3. Serve soup with chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice, sour cream, cheese, avocado and corn chips.