easy tortilla soup
Poultry, Soup

Easy Tortilla Soup

Easy Tortilla SoupI found this recipe for Tortilla Soup in Ma’am’s original recipe archives and it looked so simple and satisfying I knew I had to make it for dinner and get it on the blog for Fall. Yes, I am still fantasizing about cool weather.

Two extra bonuses are:
-you probably already have the ingredients in the house and
-it is done in 30 minutes!

You know I love quick weeknight meals.

This serves 4 as a side soup, but you can easily double it up to make it a complete meal for 4. It is simple to adapt for special diets:

  • vegetarian: vegetable broth and black beans for the chicken broth and chicken
  • corn allergies or don’t have corn tortillas on hand: flour tortillas are just as good
  • gluten free: just make sure your stock and tortillas are gluten free and the recipe should be good as is.

All you need to do to make it is, cook down the onions and garlic:

saute onions and garlic

Add the chicken, broth, tomatoes and spices:

soup in the pot

Fry the tortilla strips while the soup is cooking:

frying tortilla strips

Plate it up:

tortilla strips in bowl

And enjoy!

Tortilla Soup

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Meal type Poultry, Soup
Occasion Autumn, Winter
Region Mexican
A simple Mexican soup with chicken and tortillas.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cups yellow onion (diced)
  • 1-2 clove garlic (minced - about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2lb boneless skinless chicken breast (cut in 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounce can)
  • 1 can chicken stock (14 ounce can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4-6 Small corn tortillas (or 2 soft taco size flour tortillas)
  • oil for frying


  • fresh cilantro (for garnish)
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (for garnish)


Heat olive oil in large pot or cast iron skillet. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté slightly without browning.
saute onions and garlic
Add chicken, tomatoes, stock, cumin and oregano. Bring to a boil and then reduced to simmer. Continue cooking until chicken is done.
soup in the pot
While soup is cooking, cut tortillas into ½-inch strips. Heat ½ inch oil in a skillet until a test tortilla strip sizzles when dropped into oil. Fry tortilla strips one layer at a time. Watch carefully so not to burn. Remove with tongs and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all are fried.
frying tortilla strips
To serve: place fried tortillas in bottom of serving bowls. Pour in soup and garnish with grated cheese and a few sprigs of cilantro.
tortilla strips in bowl

Until next time, happy eating.


11 thoughts on “Easy Tortilla Soup”

  1. G’day and thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty Looks like a warm and welcoming soup! Pinned!
    Please make sure to revisit and Say G’day to the hosts and people at the party if you haven’t already!
    Cheers! Joanne

  2. Woohoo!! So glad you linked this up the best from your blog this week at our Bewitchin Projects block party! Be sure to come back again on Sunday starting at 6am EST over at OurMiniFamily.com to link up your projects again–the linky party runs from Sunday to Thursday each week 😀


~Cathy Mini~

  3. Thanks for sharing your soup recipe on Merry Monday. The weather in So.Cali is finally starting to cool off and I can’t wait to start making soup again. Pinned.

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