Chicken Tortilla Soup

One of my favorite Mexican places on the South Side of Chicago, Carbón, just started serving Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I’m slightly addicted, but can’t afford to go there all the time because it’s $4 for a small bowl.  So… I decided to make it.  It’s super easy!  I found a recipe on and, of course, doctored it a little.  Here’s the recipe with a few of my edits.


  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 5 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth
  • 3 c. frozen corn kernels
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 c. chopped onion
  • 2 1/2 T. lemon juice
  • 3 c. chunky salsa
  • tortilla chips and shredded mexican blend cheese for garnish

Place chicken and onion in a large pot and sauté until chicken is cooked through and onion becomes transparent.  Add cumin and chili powder, then remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce burner to low and simmer for 30 more minutes.

To serve, crush tortilla chips into bottom of bowl, pour soup over top, and then sprinkle with cheese and more crushed tortilla chips.  Serves 10-12.

I wanted my soup a little thicker, so I dissolved 3 heaping T. cornstarch in a little cold water (like making gravy from drippings) and slowly stirred it into soup that I had brought back up to a boil.  Don’t do this until soup is done and you know the end consistency.  Also, start by adding half the cornstarch mixture, check consistency, and add more if you’d like.

NOTE: This would work well in a crock pot.  Throw raw, uncut chicken breasts into crock pot and cover with remaining ingredients.  Leave on low while you’re at work and then when you get home take the chicken breasts out, shred, and add  back in.


7 thoughts on “Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. I made a chicken tortilla soup early on when I started my blog. It was good. A little different than your recipe, but I’m sure this one is just as tasty. I actually did throw mine in the crockpot, per your note. It’s so simple!

    • alenting says:

      I am totally addicted to this soup! I freeze it in ziploc bags and then throw it in the fridge at work. A little re-heat and we’re good to go! 🙂

  2. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me lunch because I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this topic here on your site.

    • alenting says:

      Happy you enjoyed it! This is one of my favorite recipes – I make it with fresh Homemade Taco Bread at least once a month.

      BTW – you’re the first “stranger” to post on my blog, so THANK YOU! 🙂

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