How to Make Tortilla Soup!




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It's easy to make, yummy, spicy and filling. Great for a hot meal on a cold day. :D

It's also pretty healthy for you because it's made from all fresh ingredients. Yay!

Step 1: What You'll Need!

  • 2 jalapenos
  • about a pound of tomatoes - 3 medium ones, 7-8 small ones, or a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes.
  • one onion
  • garlic to taste, I used 5 cloves.
  • chicken stock - 2 to 6 cups.
  • 2-3 chicken breasts or 5-6 tenderloins (skinless, boneless.)
  • cumin, chili powder, coriander
  • 2 limes
  • an avocado (optional)
  • 14 oz. can black beans
  • 2 tbsp. of veggie/canola oil

  • cutting board
  • large saucepan with lid
  • knife
  • stirring utensil

Step 2: Cut the Veggies and Prep the Beans and Chicken!

Roughly chop the onion.
Dice the tomatoes - remember to let the weight of the knife slide right through them - pressing too hard or trying to saw through them won't work!
Mince the garlic.
Cut the tops off the jalapenos and then cut them in half lengthwise and remove most of the membranes and seeds. I left in quite a bit - the more you leave, the spicier it'll be. Cut these to a small dice.

You'll need to wash the beans and then drain them. :)

Depending on what kind of chicken you're using, you'll need to do different things. If you're using frozen, you'll need to rinse the ice off of them. If you're using fresh, trim off any excess fat. Set the chicken aside on paper towels.

Step 3: Cooking the Veggies!

Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable/canola oil to the pan and set in over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for a few minutes, until they begin to soften and turn translucent.

Then, throw in the jalapenos and cook those for a minute or so, and then chuck in the garlic. Stir this around until you really start to smell it, and then dump in the tomatoes and all their juice and the beans.

Step 4: Add Stock, Water, Spices and Chicken!

You can use up to six cups of stock, but I didn't have that much on hand. I only had about two cups leftover from my homemade turkey stock. :(

You'll need six cups of liquid total!

Bring this up to a boil and dump in your chicken. :D

Now, turn the heat down to low and add your spices. I added 1 tbsp. of cumin, and a tsp. of both chili powder and coriander... I think. I always eyeball it. If you're unsure, add less at first and then up it at the end after taste testing. :D

You'll let this simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes. I went with 20 minutes since I was using tenderloins.

Step 5: Shredding the Chicken and Final Touches.

Once it's simmered for 20-25 minutes, turn off the heat and pull out the chicken.

Put the chicken on a plate and let it rest/cool while you tweak the spices. Add salt and pepper to taste, and more spices if needed. I added more cumin because I love the way it smells.

Roll the limes under your palm and cut them in half. Juice them directly into the pot and stir.

Now, get out a fork. Use it to shred the chicken into bite size pieces and then return it to the pot to reheat.

Cut up some avocado and parsley or cilantro to go on top and eat! Or, you can skip that. But I think it makes it even tastier. :D

If nothing else, use those teeny little tortilla chips from the bottom of the bag. :P

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    20 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This will make a great special tomorrow. If I did not already have a chicken madras on as we speak I would be knocking this together.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This was just the best!!! Thank you so much. Unfortunately the limes we get in Canada at this time really are horrible-so next time, I will double the amount!! Love the tang!!

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it. It is one of my favorite recipes and I think I've mastered it now. :D

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    10 years ago on Step 1

    Looks awesome, I've always wussed out and used mixes for my tortilla soups! I"ll give it a try since it is so simple! Omnomnom.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You should learn to like them because they're delicious! :D I'm posting a couple more instructables soon, maybe the eggplant antipasto one will change your mind.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    'You should learn to like them because they're delicious! :D'

    My Fiancé is gonna love that comment...

    Question: If i add an equal amount of my 'pasto' to your 'anti-pasto' will they cancel each other out?

    and its Aubergine.. not eggplant...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Do you often try new things? I taught myself to like onions and tomatoes (again) just recently. Sometimes it just takes tasting things in new ways and not worrying about it. Now I'm working on mushrooms. And I don't think the canceling out bit will work. :P


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i do like those ones, they are both ones i enjoy now. i can just manage mushrooms on pizza.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It has that effect! I was so hungry after smelling it so long I couldn't take very good pictures at the end. :P


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You just cant beat chicken and beans !!! Good work :P