Chicken Tortilla Soup

Published on April 3, 2019 | Updated on February 11, 2022 | by Samantha

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This warm, flavorful soup is sure to cure the common cold and the common soup.  The best part is the contrast of fresh cilantro, fresh avocado, cheese, and crispy chips added at the last minute to this aromatic, spicy soup.  It’s delicioso - make extra!
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine North America
Servings 6 Peoples
Calories 130 kcal


  • Pot
  • Bowls


  • 4 Boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 Cups Low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 Tsp Ground cumin
  • ¾ Cup Trader Joe's Chunky Salsa (or your favorite salsa)
  • 2 Tbsp Lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • ¼ Cup Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Handful of broken tortilla chips or strips
  • ¼ Cup Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend cheese
  • ¼ Ripe avocado diced


  • Combine water, broth, and onion in a pot and bring to a boil. Add chicken, salsa, and cumin; boil until the chicken is poached, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove large onion pieces and discard. Using two forks, coarsely shred chicken and return to pot.
  • Add lime and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and add cilantro.
  • Ladle soup into individual bowls. Add broken tortilla chips, cheese, and avocado chunks to each bowl. Serve immediately.


Here's a 5-minute video of Deana making this soup on "San Diego Living" TV: For a gluten-free soup, make sure you choose gluten-free chicken broth!
From "Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's"


Calories: 130kcal
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


My son loves this soup and it has become the recipe I use most from the Cooking With All Things Trader Joe’s. It is easy to make and delicious. I always double the recipe so we can enjoy it the next day.
Anne Q
My sister makes this all the time and I love it. We create a little “toppings bar” where family members can add whatever they want to their soup – tortilla strips, lime juice, cheese, sour cream, salsa, avocado (a must when I top mine!), etc. A great customizable family dinner for everyone’s own preference.
About the Author Samantha

I am Samantha, former sous chef, turned full-time blogger. I specialize in reviewing the latest in cookware. With a small team dedicated to researching appliances, cookware, and tech gadgets we bring you only the best selection to ensure you can spend your hard earned money confidently on the accessory that is best for your cooking, grilling or baking needs. With over 100 products reviewed, we are leading the way in cooking and home buyers guides. Happy Cookin’!

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