Meghan’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup is loaded with flavor. Grab some chips and fresh limes, and enjoy!

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My husband is a soup man.  Winter, spring, summer, or fall…he’s always up for a good bowl of soup.

And I’m always up for a new recipe.  So when my friend, Meghan, told me she had been doing some experimenting and finally had a Chicken Tortilla Soup worth sharing, I took her up on her offer to send it to me.  Of course!

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When I made this for my family, I got nothing but “mmmmm”s in return.  The chicken broth/tomato base is deliciously seasoned and the soup has a nice amount of chunkiness from the onion, corn, and chicken.

But what really makes this Chicken Tortilla Soup special is the surprise hiding at the bottom of the bowl.

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Down under all those tasty spoons of soup are chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese.  The cheese keeps its form, but the heat of the soup transforms it into ooey-gooey blissful bites.  And although the mozzarella is listed as an optional garnish, because the soup is still great without it, I highly recommend that it be moved to the top of the ingredient list.  It’s really quite spectacular.

Meghan’s Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 sweet bell peppers (preferably red, orange, or yellow), chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle powder
  • 1 to 2 tsp. kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1  28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 T. tomato paste
  • 32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1  14-oz. can corn, drained
  • 1  14-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded into bite-size pieces (roasted deli chicken works great!)
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

optional garnishes:

  • fresh avocado, cut into 1″ chunks
  • fresh mozzarella, cut into 1″ chunks
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • chopped green onions
  • tortilla crisps (shown in photos, found near the croutons and salad toppings in the fresh produce area) or chips
  • fresh lime slices


In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Saute onion, sweet bell peppers, and garlic in oil until soft.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, chipotle powder, salt, pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat a bit and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.  Stir in corn, black beans, chicken, and lime juice.  Simmer for 10 minutes, or until heated throughout.

Place avocado and mozzarella in the bottom of individual serving bowls.  Ladle the soup over the top.  Cheese will stay in its form but become melted and ooey-gooey…yummy!  Top with cilantro, green onions, and tortilla crisps (or Tostitos ‘hint of lime’ tortilla chips instead of the tortilla crisps), with slices of fresh lime on the side.

Adapted from Meghan Kell Cornell’s recipe box, inspired by the delicious soup experience she had at Brasa.

Meghan is also a very talented residential architect, who was just presented the Emerging Talent Award by AIA Minnesota and Midwest Home magazine.  Check out her work at Kell Architects!

I think everyone should have a “go-to” Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, don’t you?!  So I’m also linking up on “Mingle Monday” at Add A Pinch.  Please, head on over and check out the latest on Robyn’s site – right here!

And…at Rachel’s “Mouthwatering Monday” at A Southern Fairytale, right here!

Come join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish, sponsored by Bush’s BeansHip HostessPillsbury and Westminster Crackers! ….. I’m linking up this Chicken Tortilla Soup and my Spicy Egyptian Lentil Soup!!

Meghan's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Meghan's Chicken Tortilla Soup


34 Responses to “Meghan’s Chicken Tortilla Soup”

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — January 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

    This soup looks perfect! I love a good chicken tortilla soup and this one looks scrumptious!!!

    • farmgirl replied on January 3rd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Robyn!

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    Rachel — January 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Chicken Tortilla soup is one of my favorites!
    I used to make it at a restaurant down here for years so I Love love love the recipe that I have ;-)

    Yours looks delicious and simple!!!! beautiful pics, too. Thanks for linking up!

    • farmgirl replied on January 3rd, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

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    Rose in Ohio — January 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Your soup looks so beautiful in its bowl, and I LOVE the addition of avocado. My chicken tortilla soup recipe is very cheesy, so yours is quite different. I’m gonna give it a try sometimes–thanks!

    • farmgirl replied on January 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Rose – great to hear from you again! I have had some cheesy tortilla soups that are good, but mostly they are just too filling for me. I enjoy eating the ones that are more broth based (so I can eat MORE!!). :) Thanks for stopping by – Happy New Year!

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    This sounds SO good! The perfect {healthy}meal for this time of year. I’m bookmarking this and will make it asap!!! Thanks for sharing.

    • farmgirl replied on January 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Hello Kim! Nothing beats a cold winter day like a good warm bowl of soup!!

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    habanerogal — January 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Too funny I made almost this exact recipe today with some leftover holiday turkey as the meat component. It hit the spot ! I forgot about adding avocado that is another good topping.

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    Harriet — January 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Mmm sounds great! I’ve never seen the idea to put tortillas in soup before though, sounds like a great twist on a classic.

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    Cubicle — January 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I love the idea of mozzarella at the bottom of the bowl. Yum!

    • farmgirl replied on January 11th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Isn’t that great?! Thanks for visiting, Liz.

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    Granny Mountain — January 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Brilliant…cheese at the BOTTOM of the bowl! Can’t wait to try this…

    • farmgirl replied on January 12th, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Yes, the BOTTOM!! My kids have so much fun with this soup. Enjoy!

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    Jenny — January 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Yum! I love tortilla soup… AND cheese, I like the idea of the mozzarella chunks rather than shredded cheese, thanks for sharing!

    • farmgirl replied on January 18th, 2011 at 8:12 am

      You’re welcome, Jenny – enjoy!

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    Sarah — January 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Hello fellow food blogger! Love your blog and this is a great soup recipe!

    Have you ever blog hopped before? We’d love it if you contributed this awesome soup recipe to our blog hop on favorite soups, it’s a great way to get links back to your site. Really easy too and we’re live until midnight tonight.

    You can check out our blog hop here:


    • farmgirl replied on January 22nd, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks, Sarah – looks like I’m too late to link up, though…

  11. #
    Heather @girlichef — February 15, 2011 at 5:38 am

    You don’t know how much I believe it’s true that every family should have a go-to Tortilla Soup recipe! It’s my favorite soup and I’m currently on a year-long quest to discover as many varieties as possible. Found you through Soup-a-Palooza and hope you’ll link you delicious version up to my quest, as well :)

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    Laurel — February 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    This is beautiful, and tasty-looking! Perfect for this cold winter. I’d love for you to submit this over at the M&T Spotlight:

    • farmgirl replied on February 16th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks, Laurel!

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    Carl — December 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    made the soup last night. simply fantastic! thanks for sharing!

    • farmgirl replied on December 18th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Wonderful – thanks for letting me know, Carl!

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    mary beth — January 2, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    I have made this a few times and it’s my favorite tortilla soup. I love the red pepper and corn flavors. It has a fresher taste than most of the tortilla soups here in Texas where I live. You have to put the avocado and fresh mozz in the bottom of the bowl! Yum!

    • Brenda replied on January 5th, 2015 at 7:01 am

      I love to hear this, Mary Beth. Enjoy. And Happy New Year!

  15. #
    Sherrie Brown — December 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

    This tortilla soup is awesome ,, but for my husband I add Some fresh jalipeanos , I freeze the leftovers n it’s even better then….

    • Brenda replied on December 14th, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Yay! I love to hear this. Mmmmmm…will slice up some jalapeños next time!


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