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Tortilla Soup

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories: 296
chicken tortilla soup with sour cream avocado and tortilla strips and lime

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

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.
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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 (chicken quesadilla, anyone?).

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

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How To Make Tortilla Soup:

This might not be the most authentic version of tortillas soup, but we love easy. 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).

Super satisfying, healthy, quick and inexpensive—what more can we ask for in a weeknight dinner? If you're looking for a vegetarian tortillas soup, go ahead and skip the chicken. The flavor will be just as delicious.

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Tools You'll Need:

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.
tortilla soup with canned tomatoes and shredded chicken with avocado sour cream and cilantro

Tortilla Soup for Dinner, Anyone?

If you make this chicken 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.

Tortilla Soup

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories: 296

Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken or 3-4 cups poached chicken
  • 1 (15 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce, mild
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch half circles
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chilies
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can creamed corn, undrained (can sub with 1 can sweet corn, drained)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves

Garnish

  • 4 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • sour cream
  • cheese, shredded (cheddar, mozzarella, Mexican blend)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • Tortilla chips, crushed

Method

  1. While rotisserie chicken is still warm, pick all meat of the bones, discard skin. Place the chicken meat in a large stock pot. Discard bones, or save if you like to make homemade stock.
  2. Add to the pot the tomatoes, enchilada sauce, chicken broth, onion, zucchini, chilis, garlic, corn, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Stir to combine and turn the heat to high.
  3. As soon as soup begins to boil, turn the heat to medium-low heat and continue to cook, uncovered, until the onions are translucent and zucchini is tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve the soup topped with chopped cilantro, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, sour cream, cheese, avocado and corn chips.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 296
  • Protein 28 g
  • Carbohydrates 22 g
  • Total Fat 8 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4 g
  • Cholesterol 27 mg
  • sodium 1148 mg
  • Total Sugars 10 g

Tortilla Soup

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  • Mary Williams

    Tortilla soup and yet I don't see where there is any tortillas in the ingredients. Do you use tortilla chips in the soup at all?

    They're used as a garnish here! We refer to them as "corn chips" in the recipe—they're optional, but definitely suggested!

  • Marissa

    Can I cook this soup in a Dutch Oven?

    Yes!

  • Rhonda Roach Choisser

    Can this soup be frozen?

    Yes. But save the toppings for after you reheat it. Also a recommend completely thawing it out before reheating it.

  • Kathryn Sheehan

    If I were to try and make this in the crockpot, what would you suggest?

    I would put all the ingredients (not the garnishes) into the crockpot on low for 4 hours or until the zucchinis and onions are tender. Enjoy!

  • Tatiana G

    This soup looks amazing! Cannot wait to pick up a chicken from my local rottiserrie and whip this up for the cozy season. Thank you!

    It is truly one of our faves! Hope you like it!

  • R D

    Love this soup. Easy to make using the rotisserie chicken and doesn't take long to cook.... AND YUM. It is delicious

    Thanks RD, we are so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Lynn

    I work from home - tied to my computer all day. I love cooking for pleasure on the weekends, weeknights, not so much. I LOVE these quick alchemy-like recipes. You mix everything together and let it go for a bit. I feel accomplished kicking back and enjoying the mouth-watering depth of scent wafting thru the house. thank you!

    Thanks Lynn, so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Mary Butler

    By far the best tortilla soup receipe I have ever tried. It's ridiculously simple and easy to make, sooooo tasty, and pretty dang healthy. Thank you! My family LOVES it!

    Thank you so much Mary! This is so great to hear, we are so happy to hear you find it simple and that your whole family loves it! That's always a win!

  • Courtney

    This soup is DELICIOUS and so easy to make! Will be making again for sure. Thank you!

    Thank you Courtney, this is so great to hear. we are so glad it was easy and delicious!

  • Victoria B

    This was delicious and easy enough that my 8 year old could help me cook! Such a hit in my house, might make this part of our regular line up! 😊 thanks!!

    Thank you Victoria, this is so great to hear! We are so glad you and the family enjoyed it and love when the kids help with cooking, so fun!