Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

By Rena |

This chicken tortilla soup recipe is creamy, hearty, filling, loaded with flavor, and keeps you warm and satisfied. Make this easy tortilla soup any day of the week and serve it to family and friends all year round.

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Everything you love about Mexican flavors is placed in one pot and it is ready in just 45 minutes including prep time. Loaded with chicken and veggies, this creamy chicken tortilla soup recipe can be made on your stovetop, instant pot, or slow cooker. A comforting one-pot meal that will impress your friends and family. Made with shredded chicken, corn, salsa, beans, a variety of seasonings, cream cheese, and broth. Top your healthy tortilla soup with a variety of different toppings of your choice to create the most impressive soup dish of all time.

Why this tortilla soup will be your go-to soup

  • Flavorful: If you love Mexican food you will love the flavors in this chicken tortilla soup. Everything you are looking for in a Mexican meal will be found in this soup.
  • Easy and Healthy: Making this tortilla soup is quite easy and made with healthy ingredients. You may even eliminate the cream cheese and use coconut milk.
  • Filling: This creamy chicken tortilla soup will keep you full for hours because it is so filling and packed with protein.
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Ingredients you will need for this chicken tortilla soup

Below is a list of ingredients and some substitutes you can use to make this creamy tortilla soup. The full measurements are listed further down in the recipe card.

  • Avocado oil: essentially, any oil you decide to use is fine.
  • Onion: we used yellow onion, but purple and sweet onion can be used.
  • Bell pepper: any color works, but we used red.
  • Garlic cloves: use fresh garlic cloves instead of garlic powder. If you must, you can use garlic pwder.
  • Seasonings: cumin, dried oregano, taco seasoning.
  • Beans: we used black beans, but any other bean will do.
  • Corn: use frozen, canned, or fresh.
  • Tomato salsa: if you like your tortilla soup to be more on the spicy side, use spicy salsa.
  • Pickled jalapeños: pickled is our prefered choice. you may use fresh.
  • Chicken breast: use raw, or to save on time, use shredded rotisserie chicken.
  • Broth: chicken broth was used, but you may use vegetable broth
  • Cheese: You will need shredded cheddar cheese and one pack of cream cheese
  • Additional garnishes: chopped avocado, lime wedges, chopped cilantro, yogurt, or sour cream
ingredients to make creamy chicken tortilla soup

How to make creamy chicken tortilla soup from scratch

Heat the oil in a dutch oven pot and saute the onion and bell pepper for 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and seasonings and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently. 

raw chicken breasts added to sauteed veggies

Add the corn, salsa, jalapeño, beans, chicken, and broth. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat to a low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

broth being added over veggies and beans in pot to make the tortilla soup

Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it. Return back the shredded chicken and stir in with the cheeses.

Top with additional garnishes and enjoy!

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Frequently asked questions

What to serve with chicken tortilla soup?

There are a variety of sides you can serve with your chicken tortilla soup. our favorite picks would be some tortilla chips, chips & guacamole, roasted corn, cornbread, Mexican rice, breadsticks, grilled cheese, or Quesadillas.

How do you add protein to soup?

To add more protein to your soup, consider adding some sort of meat like some shredded chicken breast. Another great way to add protein to soup is to add legumes. Beans work great with soup and any type you choose will work well. Another great option for protein is to add in some dairy.

What can I do if my soup is too watery?

If your soup is too watery, don’t fret. There is a solution to your problem. Things you can do quite easily to thicken up your soup is to use flour or cornstarch. Mix about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with some cold water and add it to the soup. The same goes for flowers but you may need to use 2 tablespoons of flour. Another way to thicken up your soup if you don’t want to use cornstarch is to simply remove some of the soup, blend it, and add it back into the pot. You may also consider adding in some dairy like yogurt, some rice, or lentils.

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How to make this chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker

  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven pot and saute the onion and bell pepper for 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and seasonings and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Turn on the slow cooker, add in the sauteed veggies. Then, add the corn, salsa, jalapeño, beans, chicken, and broth.
  • Cover the slow cooker and set it on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours
  • Open the slow cooker, remove the chicken breast and shred it. Return back the shredded chicken and stir in with the cheeses. Mix well.
  • Top with additional garnishes and enjoy!
  • Tip: If the tortilla soup is watery, use a spoon and mash some of the beans on the side of the pot, add in some cornstarch or flour (mix the cornstarch and flour with cole water before adding it in)
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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Homemade tortilla soup that's creamy, loaded with chicken and veggies, and very easy to make. Packed with flavor and ready in less an an hour.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 547kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 oz. packet taco seasoning
  • 15 oz corn one can, drained
  • 8 oz tomato salsa spicy or mild, one can
  • 8 oz pickled jalapeño slices one can
  • 15 oz black beans one can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese one pack, at room temp
  • Additional garnishes: chopped avocado lime wedges, chopped cilantro, yogurt, or sour cream

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven pot and saute the onion and bell pepper for 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and seasonings and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Add the corn, salsa, jalapeño, beans, chicken, and broth. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat to a low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it. Return back the shredded chicken and stir in with the cheeses.
  • Top with additional garnishes and enjoy!

Notes

  • serving size: one bowl or 2 cups
  • corn: use canned or frozen
  • chicken: use shredded rotisserie chicken, leftover turkey, or make your own chicken breast
  • cream cheese: use light cream cheese
  • if you don’t have chicken broth, you can use vegetable broth
  • any oil works
  • black beans preferred but any other bean works

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 1183mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2294IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Zaynab Fsai says

    5 stars
    This is the perfect comfort soup on a cold day. It’s easy, quick to make and soooo good. I put a dollop of sour cream on top and it was perfect. Thank you for so many delicious recipes Rena.

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