Healthy Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

As I was researching tortilla soups and what makes a tortilla soup I learned a lot. There seems to be two different thoughts on Chicken Tortilla Soup. There is the thin soup with crumble tortilla chips in it or there is the thick soup that you use corn tortillas to thicken the soup to make more of a thick creamy soup. For me a thick hearty soup always wins out and that is what I was used to.

The reason I was researching for this soup is because there is one point I wasn’t sure how to describe in the recipe. You put your tortillas in the soup and let them melt or disintegrate or combine or … well you can see my trouble. I was trying to figure out the easiest way to describe how the tortillas basically blend into the soup and thicken it. As you can see I still haven’t come into the best way to describe this. Basically you are using the corn tortillas to thicken the soup, you can use Masa Flour also, but tortillas are just easy.

You can top this soup with crushed tortillas, sour cream (or greek yogurt) and other yummy things, but just remember to add the calories to your food journal.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 2 carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken grilled
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes & chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 12 ounces Mexican blend cheese shredded


  1. Place coconut oil in pan and melt
  2. Add garlic and carrots and saute till tender
  3. Add broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil
  4. Cut tortillas into one inch pieces and chop or shred the chicken
  5. Add chicken, spices and tortillas
  6. Boil for 30 minutes or till tortillas have smoothly blended into the soup
  7. Reduce heat and add the cheese (you can reserve some of the cheese as a topping if you wish)
  8. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes stirring constantly

Servings: 10 | Calories: 241 | Fat: 13 | Carbohydrate: 14 | Fiber: 2 | Protein: 18

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