Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup


Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup


1 medium yellow onion-chopped

(about 1/2 cup)

3 garlic cloves chopped

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro-chopped (may replace cilantro with flat leaf parsley if desired)

10-ounce can diced tomatoes with peppers (Ro-Tel)

28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 

7-ounce can Chipotle peppers-in adobo sauce -only use amount for the spice level you prefer-see below:

For Mild Spice: 1 Tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper/sauce

For Medium Spice: 2-3 Tablespoons chopped chipotle pepper/sauce

For Hot Spice: 4 Tablespoons chopped chipotle pepper/sauce 

3-ounce can pickled jalapeños 

(Use 1/2 can and it’s juice, reserve the second half for garnishing soup.)

15-ounce (un-drained) black beans

15-ounce (un-drained) chili beans in mild chili sauce

2 cups corn-frozen (1 small 10-ounce bag)

4 cups chicken broth (1 large 32-ounce can)

1 cup heavy cream or half and half

1-2 cups cooked shredded chicken

In a large pot, over medium heat add olive oil, and chopped onions.  Let onions soften and become translucent, about 3-5 minutes.  

Add the garlic, salt, pepper and ground cumin, add cilantro-if using. Stir well and let cook for 1 minute.


diced tomatoes and peppers, crushed tomatoes, 

1/2 jar of pickled jalapeños and 1/2 of their juice

add the un-drained cans of beans, frozen corn, the desired spice level of chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Stir.


Next, add the chicken broth, and heavy cream.  Stir.  Bring mixture to a low boil for 2-3 minutes.  Add the shredded chicken. 

Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 30 minutes—soup thickens and flavors build the longer the soup simmers. 

I like to make my soup in the late morning and let it simmer for two-three hours for amazing flavor—and just in time for an afternoon football game.

Fun garnishes:

Crispy tortilla strips

Sour cream

Chopped avocado

Chopped red onion

Pickled jalapeños 

Shredded cheeses

Lime wedges

Bread Bowls

My husband says this Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup was a 10 out of 10, although he did also mention his eyelids were sweating…

Be sure to add the right amount of spice for you… and your guests.

Here’s a visual of some of my favorite brands for this recipe:

If by chance it’s too spicy for you—feel free to add more chicken broth and cream to calm that spice down.

Happy Fall!!

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