This Chicken Tortilla Soup combines oven-roasted fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion and jalapeño peppers with rotisserie chicken and a flavorful broth.
I published this recipe originally back in 2013. I had run across a recipe that was attributed to Eva Longoria. Since then the link I originally referenced is no longer valid. I’m not really sure what drew me to the recipe in the first place. I used to watch Desperate Housewives. But it wasn’t like I was a huge fan of any one character on the show. Anyway this soup is so delicious. So I was glad I found it. I decided to revamp the recipe a bit. And re-do the photos. So here we are with my version of Chicken Tortilla Soup in 2020.
What’s in Chicken Tortilla Soup?
- Roma Tomatoes
- Jalapeño Pepper
- Vegetable Oil
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Petite-cut Diced Tomatoes
- Seasonings – chili powder. cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt
- Chicken Broth
- Corn Tortillas
Is Chicken Tortilla Soup Healthy?
Chicken Tortilla Soup is loaded with fresh veggies. Two types of tomatoes (fresh and canned). Onion, a whole head of roasted garlic, celery and jalapeño. Lean rotisserie chicken. The soup is low in calories. It is a healthy soup. As long as you don’t go overboard on the toppings – the fried corn tortilla strips, cheese and sour cream.
- I roast my veggies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking
- Use a pizza cutter to cut your tortillas into strips
- Fry the tortillas in a non-stick skillet
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Chicken Tortilla Soup
- 8 Roma tomatoes
- 1 medium sweet onion
- 1 large jalapeño pepper
- 1 head garlic
- 1 can (15 oz) petite cut diced tomatoes
- 4 tsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 rotisserie chicken meat removed from carcass and shredded
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 whole lime juiced
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 12 small corn tortillas cut into strips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash tomatoes, quarter them and remove stem and most of seeds. Chop the seeded tomatoes into large pieces. Peel the onion and cut it into large pieces. Quarter the jalapeño pepper and remove the stem, rib and most of the seeds. Chop it into large pieces. Toss the tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño with 3 teaspoons of the vegetable oil. Spread the vegetables evenly on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- Cut the top 1/3 or so of the head of garlic off so that all the cloves are exposed. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of vegetable oil over the top. Place the garlic head, cut side up, on the sheet pan with the other veggies.
- Roast the veggies and garlic for about 40 minutes. Separate the tomatoes into a bowl. Drain the canned tomatoes and mix them together with the roasted tomatoes.
- Squeeze the garlic cloves from the roasted head onto a cutting board. Add the onion and jalapeño and roughly chop the mixture into small pieces.
- Wash and chop the celery.
- Add the two tablespoons of butter to a soup pot and melt over medium-high heat. Add the celery and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chopped onion, jalapeño and roasted garlic. Cook for one minute.
- Stir in the tomatoes and shredded chicken.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and salt. Stir well to combine.
- Add the chicken broth. Bring the soup to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and cover the pot. Allow the soup to simmer for about 30 minutes. Add the lime juice. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
- When ready to serve, heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet. Add tortilla strips and cook, stirring often until tortillas are lightly browned and crisp. Remove the strips from the oil with a slotted spoon.Cool on a paper towel lined plate.
- Top each bowl of soup with tortilla strips, shredded cheese and sour cream.
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Nancy Hoffman says
This is THE best combination of spices! I will double the recipe next time. The Best!
This makes me happy to hear! Thanks for the comment!
I could eat a deliciously flavor packed soup like this year round! Thanks for sharing!
Now this is my kind of comfort food. All my favourite flavours in this soup.
Mine too 🙂
Nart at Cooking with Nart says
This soup looks so comforting. Since it’s never cold here, I think it’ll be perfect for me on a cozy Friday night in!
Danielle Wolter says
This is such an awesome tortilla soup recipe! Loved the flavors and how easy it was to make. Thanks!
So glad you enjoyed it!
I never thought about making chicken tortilla soup. I’m definitely saving this wonderful recipe for the fall, thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome. Enjoy!
Chicken tortilla soup is always a hit for my family. I love that you roast the veggies to really deepen their flavor.
The roasting is key to this soup!