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Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Today, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite soup recipes: Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Spice-filled broth, yummy chicken, and veggies come together perfectly in this amazing 20 Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup!

qick and easy chicken tortilla soup

Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I love almost all types of soups and one of my very favorites is Chicken Tortilla Soup.  When we go out to a Mexican Restaurant (or even Jason’s Deli) sometimes the Tortilla Soup is all I’ll order.  A big hearty bowl of soup fills me up and I definitely don’t feel guilty because I know it’s semi-healthy.

I love the idea of making soup in the crockpot, but many times when I have a crockpot 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!)

With this soup, you can use canned/frozen ingredients (which I do sometimes,) or you can use your own homemade chicken broth, beans, and leftover chicken.  Whatever you have on hand…  (For today’s version, 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 Chicken Tortilla Soup - If you have 20 minutes, you can make this soup!


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!

I hope your family enjoys this recipe too!

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Quick Chicken Tortilla Soup - If you have 20 minutes, you can make this soup!


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quick and easy chicken tortilla soup

Quick and Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Author: jamie sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stove top


Spice filled broth, yummy chicken and veggies come together perfectly in this amazing 20 Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup!


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups chicken, chopped (cooked or uncooked)
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 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 for about 3 minutes.  Add chicken, chili powder, and cumin. If using raw chicken, saute, till chicken is cooked through, If using precooked chicken, cook another minute so the chicken can absorb the spices.
  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).
  4. 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.
  5. Serve with optional shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sliced avocado and/or sour cream.

Keywords: chicken tortilla soup, soup

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  1. this is my favorite soup!

  2. Dee Draeger says:

    I help run a cooking group, for patients, at a rehabilitation center. We are cooking this soup tonight, thank you for posting the recipe,

  3. 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,

  4. 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!

  5. 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

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

  7. 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.

  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. 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 –

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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

  13. 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!!!