Introduction: Mexican ChickenTortilla Soup

About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Hey guys, when it comes to making soups I am always intimated because it seems like there is so many ingredients that goes into making a tasty savory soup. This soup does have quite a bit of ingredients but they are all the right ones to make the perfect Mexican Tortilla Soup, I also added extra toppings because I love me some extra toppings but you can omit them, but if you add them they will add extra flavor and creaminess to your soup! If you want to make your own Mexican Tortilla Soup follow the step by step guide below or watch the video tutorial here:

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools


  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ½ of a Yellow Onions (chopped)
  • 1 Jalapeños (seeded and diced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (pressed)
  • 8 C Chicken Broth (low Sodium)
  • 1 15 oz can of Roma tomatoes
  • ½ t ground cumin Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 C chopped Cilantro
  • 3 T Lime juice
  • 3 Avocados (cleaned of skin, pitted and flesh diced)
  • Tortilla chips
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese and Sour Cream (optional)


Step 2: Chop Onion and Jalapeño

Start off by finely chopping the onion and jalapeño.

Step 3: Begin Sautéing

In a large pot heat 1 T olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add chopped onion and jalapeño and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes, during the last 30 seconds add the garlic and stir a bit, do not let the garlic burn.

Step 4: Add Main Ingredients

Next add the chicken broth, tomatoes, cumin, salt and pepper to taste and add chicken breasts.

Step 5: Bring Mixture to a Boil

Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has cooked through 10 - 15 minutes (cook time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts).

Step 6: Shred Chicken

Reduce burner to warm heat, remove chicken from pan and let rest on a cutting board 5 minutes, then shred chicken.

Step 7: Return Shredded Chicken to Pot

Add the shredded chicken back into the pot and stir chicken into broth.

Step 8: Remove From Burner

Remove the entire pot/soup from the burner and place it on your workspace or simply turn off the burner and add extra ingredients.

Step 9: Chop Cilantro and Add to Mixture With Lime Juice

Chop some fresh cilantro and add it to the bowl. Stir in cilantro and lime juice.

Step 10: Prep Toppings and Add to Soup

These toppings are optional but I added avocado, sour cream and Monterey Jack Cheese.

Step 11: Enjoy With Tortillas

You can add the tortillas on the side or directly in the soup, however you prefer.

Step 12: Video Tutorial

If you prefer a video tutorial you can watch it here.