Easy Chili Chicken Tortilla Soup

By Rena Awada | Updated On November 1, 2022

Make this Chili Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe for a warm and comforting meal all year round. It is easy to make, filling, and packed with flavor. Enjoy this filling and hearty soup any day of the week as a main or side dish.

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Soups are very comforting when the weather gets colder. They are filling and easy to make when you only have an hour on hand to come up with dinner. This chili chicken tortilla soup has the bold flavors of chili and Mexican flavors all in one bowl. Made with shredded chicken breast, black beans, corn, and a handful of bold spices. Serve this chicken soup recipe as a main dish or a side dish along with the main course. Very tasty and comforting to enjoy all year round.

For a creamy version of tortilla soup check out our Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe.

Why you will love this chicken tortilla soup recipe

  • Comforting and filling: This chicken tortilla soup with bold chili flavors is packed with fiber and protein to make a comforting and filling meal.
  • Easy to make: all you need is 30 minutes to make this easy and healthy chicken soup.
  • Healthy: Clean and healthy ingredients are used in making this chicken tortilla soup recipe. No heavy cream and secret “unhealthy” ingredients are needed.
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Ingredients you will need

  • Olive Oil: any other oil of choice can be used like avocado oil.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts: you may also use boneless and skinless chicken thighs.
  • Sweet Onion: or any onion you have on hand
  • Garlic Cloves minced: we do recommend using fresh garlic cloves for optimal flavor.
  • Red Chili (or to taste): this is optional if you can’t handle spice.
  • Spices: Ground Cumin, Chipotle Powder, or Chili Powder
  • Cherry Tomatoes or diced fire-roasted tomatoes: these can be purchased in cans or you can make your own at home.
  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth: you may use vegetable broth.
  • Black Beans: rinsed and drained
  • Corn: can be Fresh or frozen corn can be used
  • 2 Limes– Juiced, you may use lemons if you do not have lime.
  • Tortillas: cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking Spray

How to make this chili tortilla soup

  • Heat olive oil In a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, chili, seasonings, and cook until onion softens about 4 minutes.
  • Add chicken breast, canned tomatoes, broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Add tortilla strips in a single layer and fry until golden brown and crispy, on both sides. You might need to work in batches to not overcrowd the pan.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove from soup and shred it.
  • Add chicken back to the pot together with beans, corn and lime juice. Mix to combine then simmer for a couple of minutes more.
  • Serve soup hot with crispy tortilla strips on top and enjoy!
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What happens if you eat soup every day?

What happens if you eat soup every day?

Most soups are low in calories if prepared the right way. Like this chicken tortilla soup recipe. Eating soup every day will help with weight loss because it will help fill you up and prevent you from eating other high-calorie dense foods while you get low calories from the soup. If you stick to a healthier diet regimen and consume a lot of soup you will definitely lose weight the healthy way.

How do I thicken chicken tortilla soup?

There are a few ways to thicken your chicken tortilla soup. First and easy one would be smashing some beans and adding them back the soup to create a starchy and natural thickeness. Another way would be to add flour into the soup to thicken it up. Types of flour that can be used are all-purpse or whole wheat flour, corn starch, potato flour, tapioca flour or arrowroot flour. If you are adding flour, make sure you mix it into a slurry first before adding it into the soup to prevent clumping.

Is it better to thicken soup with flour or cornstarch?

There are advantages and disadvantages of using either or. Flour may be a slighty healthier option when compared to cornstarch but may not thicken your soup to the consistency you like and creates a cloudy like soup. On the other hand, cornstarch will give you the consistency you are looking for and idealy a better option but less healthy. Either one you go with we believe the amount is relatively small and wont make a huge impact in calories.

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Recipe notes and tips

  • You may use any other protein of your choice. To save on cook time with the chicken breast, consider using rotisserie chicken.
  • Add in more veggies if you like.
  • Use fresh or frozen corn. If in a pinch and you only have canned corn you may use canned corn.
  • Be sure to drain and rinse the beans.
  • There are several other toppings you could add to the soup like fresh cilantro, sour cream, and chopped avocado.
  • Want a creamier version of this soup? Add about 1/4 cup of cream cheese.
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easy chicken tortilla soup

Easy Chili Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

A warm and comforting meal that’s easy to make and incredibly delicious.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Medium Sweet Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Red Chili (or to taste) seeded and sliced
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Chipotle Powder or Chili Powder
  • 2 Cans Cherry Tomatoes or diced fire roasted tomatoes 14.5oz each
  • 5 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 14.5oz Can Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup Corn Fresh or frozen
  • 2 Limes Juiced
  • 3 Tortillas cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking Spray

Optional Toppings

  • Green onions
  • Fresh chili

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil In a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, chili, seasonings, and cook until onion softens about 4 minutes.
  • Add chicken breast, canned tomatoes, broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan over medium heat and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Add tortilla strips in a single layer and fry until golden brown and crispy, on both sides. You might need to work in batches to not overcrowd the pan.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove from soup and shred it.
  • Add chicken back to the pot together with beans, corn and lime juice. Mix to combine then simmer for a couple of minutes more.
  • Serve soup hot with crispy tortilla strips on top and enjoy!

Notes

  • You may use any other protein of your choice. To save on cook time with the chicken breast, consider using rotisserie chicken.
  • Add in more veggies if you like.
  • Use fresh or frozen corn. If in a pinch and you only have canned corn you may use canned corn.
  • Be sure to drain and rinse the beans.
  • There are several other toppings you could add to the soup like fresh cilantro, sour cream, and chopped avocado.
  • Want a creamier version of this soup? Add about 1/4 cup of cream cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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  1. Marlene says

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe and a great jumping off point for making it all your own. Very easy and tastes wonderful. I like adding Louisiana jambalaya rice and some andouille to make it heartier, with some shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top. Delicious comfort food. Thank you.

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