Monday, April 29, 2013

Chicken Tortilla Soup

In the car today Rob was telling me about his conversation with some work friends. Last night he took chorizo and egg burritos for dinner. He asked one guy if he liked chorizo and egg burritos, the guy had no clue what Rob was talking about. He offered the guy one of his burritos, I think Rob said the friend liked it. Rob said while he was then microwaving his burritos another guy came in and asked what smelled so good, Rob told him and that guy had also never heard of chorizo. Rob then started to talk about the delicious carne asada tacos we make. The guys also had no clue what that was.

I guess neither one of us realized how much California and the Hispanic culture and foods had influenced us. (Just in case anyone was unsure, we are not at all Hispanic, we just love the food!) When Rob was telling me the story I had the same reaction he did, "What?" and "Oh man, they don't know what's good out here!" The guys at his work talk about eating deer and other things we'd never think of trying. Okra, what is it? It's some sort of vegetable right? I guess you don't realize the small cultural differences in our own country, even in food, unless you go new places! I don't think I'll be eating deer (or alligator or squirrel or anything else that I don't think is "normal") any time soon.

Since Cinco De Mayo is coming up I thought I'd post this recipe. This was the first dinner we made in our new house. Rob loves this Chicken Tortilla Soup and it's pretty easy to make, which makes me happy.

I plan to enjoy a few margaritas on Cinco De Mayo. I just realized our blender is in storage, looks like someone's going to have to buy one! Mmm, I could go for a margarita right now!

chicken tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 whole chicken
3 cans (15 ounces each) chili beans, do not drain
1 can (15 ounces) corn, do not drain
1 can (15 ounces) whole tomatoes
1 small can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 package of taco seasoning mix
5 cups water
10 corn tortillas (more or less, depending on how many strips you want)
Canola oil (or whatever you like to fry things in)
Sour cream, optional

For Chicken:
Boil chicken in enough water to cover.  Cook chicken one hour, or until done. Remove chicken from water. Allow chicken to cool. You could also bake the chicken or use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Once chicken is cool remove meat from bones and break meat up into bite-sized chunks.

shredded chicken
For tortilla strips:
I cut the strips using a pizza cutter before I start the soup. I add about an inch or two of oil to the pan. Heat the oil while soup is cooking. Add a handful of strips to the oil, cook until crispy, about 3-5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel, sprinkle with salt. 

tortilla strips

For soup:
Add chili beans, corn, whole tomatoes and tomato sauce to pot. Do not drain any liquid from the cans, add it all. Add water and taco mix. Cook soup over medium heat, once soup is boiling add chicken. Cook for 5-10 minutes. 
tortilla soup ingredients

Top each bowl of soup with tortilla strips and sour cream (if desired).


  1. it looks good. I need to find new recipes for me and my family. and of course there's pinterest but I always pin instead of write things down

    1. Oh, I do that all the time. I get on a kick where I will pin all the things I want to remember then I forget to ever look at them again! :)

  2. As a sort of side note to your actual recipe - chorizo and egg burritos sound awesome!


    1. Oh, the burritos are delicious. I don't eat them every time he makes them but once in awhile I'll have one and they are so good!

  3. This looks so good! I am vegetarian BUT i think I can do this with veggie broth and I used to LOVE chicken tortilla soup! Thanks for sharing at the Hump Day blog hop! I am following!

    1. I think it would be delicious vegetarian! I almost forgot to add the chicken to the soup and I thought it might be good without it.

  4. Hi Jen Marie,

    Thanks again for linking-up with us on Brag About It Thursday with BeBetsy! Love your site and thanks for the great soup recipe - we're always looking for something good. Sharon and Denise

  5. Hey, did I actually say Thursday for the party? I have lost my head along with way in the vast social network world - the Brag About It Linky is Tuesday! So sorry - it was probably my sister's fault (Denise) Take care, Sharon

    1. Thanks for hosting the link party. My brain hardly ever functions properly, so no worries :)


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