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Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Today, I'm sharing this recipe for Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup!

I love soup!  One of my favorite's is Chicken Tortilla Soup.  When we go to a Mexican Restaurant (or even Jason's Deli) sometimes Tortilla soup is all that I'll order.  A big hearty bowl of soup just fill me up and I don't feel guilty because I know it is semi-healthy.

Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe- If you have 20 minutes, you can make this soup! (I absolutely love this soup recipe, you have got to try it! )

I love the idea of making soup in the crock pot, but many times when I have a crock pot dish on the menu, I forget to defrost the chicken, soak the beans or just didn't get the meal started in time.  Luckily this soup is super easy and can come together in under 30 minutes.  (Of course, if you are able to let it simmer a bit longer it tastes even better!)
My daughter is a much more adventurous eater than my 7 year old son, and she loves soup too.  When I told her we were having soup for dinner, her little face lit up and she said, "Soup?  I love soup!  Of course this is not the reaction I got from my 7 yr old son, but after I made him taste it, he changed his mind pretty quick and polished off his bowl!

With this soup, you can use canned/frozen ingredients (which I do sometimes,) or you can use your own chicken broth, beans and leftover chicken.  Whatever you have on hand...  (I used leftover chicken fajita meat, store bought chicken broth, one can of beans and the last baggie of black beans I had in my freezer.)

Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup:
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas broken into very small pieces
  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Saute garlic and onions about 3 minutes.  Add pre cooked chicken, chili powder and cumin and cook another minute or so.
  2. Add tomatoes (with juice), beans, broth, corn, diced chilies, lime juice and 1 cup water to the pan; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add broken up tortillas and cook until tortillas have dissolved (5 to 10 minutes).   You can serve the soup now or simmer over low heat for up to 30 minutes to allow the flavors to merge a bit more.
  4. Serve with optional shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sliced avocado and/or sour cream.
Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Enjoy!  Don't forget to pin it!

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  1. Looks good! I've pinned this to remind me to make it.

  2. My kids are huge soup eaters, so I can't wait to try this one. I pinned it:-) I love that it is so quick and easy to put together too!!!

  3. Hi Jamie,
    This is one of my favorite soups! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. this looks so good and we eat so much soup in the fall. please come link it up at my friday recipe linky party!

  5. Love this! Now if only I could get the rest of the people in the house to eat it as well! I love Chicken Tortilla soup myself. Found you at the Create and Inspire Linky and I'm now a new fan and follower :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Erika @ Southern Belle as an Army Wife

  6. Oh my gosh, just yesterday I had a bowl of tortilla soup at a restaurant and commented to my husband that we need to make more of it at home. Then this! Its fate! Serendipity! Divine by Design! really though, this looks amazing and so simple- If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday -

  7. looks SO good! nothing better than homemade soup

  8. I'm always looking for a new yummy soup. This looks delishious! I co-host a link party every week (double the exposure for you!). It's called tip-toe thru tuesday and is running right now. I would love to have you come party with us, if you have time!

  9. Just pinned this! Cant wait to try it, your pictures make it look very tasty. This time of year where I am from, soups are the go to meals. Thanks for the new recipe!

  10. This looks so heartwarming and delicious!
    I would love to have you join my new link party Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by and share this or other recipes. Here is the link

    Can't wait to see you there!

  11. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  12. Always love soups in the fall and have made several tortilla soups over the years but a "quick" and "easy" are words that definitely make me want to try this one. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to have you link this us to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there.


  13. Yum, looks good! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  14. if you wanted to do this in a slow-cooker, would you just throw everything in and let it cook for a couple hours?
    thanks, new to the slow cooker stuff. lol
    ladefly@aol dot com

    1. If you want to do this in the crock pot and use uncooked chicken, I recommend:
      Cutting the chicken into bite sized chunks and combining everything in the crock pot except the corn and the tortillas. Cook on cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high about 4 hours. Add the tortillas and corn in the last hour of cooking.

      gook luck,


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