Cream Of Green Chile Soup


A creamy, spicy, springtime taste of Mexico. Easy to make, this is a real fiesta of a soup.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
6 servings


  • 2 (6 inch) corn tortillas

  • ¼ cup margarine

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 3 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Cut the tortillas into 1/4 inch-wide strips and leave them uncovered at room temperature until they are dry and crisp, about 24 hours (OR: Heat in iron skillet until dry and hot).

  2. In a 4-quart saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, garlic, oregano, and bay leaves and cook, covered, stirring once or twice, for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, green chiles and potatoes. Season with salt, cumin and black pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes (or until the potatoes are very tender).

  3. Stir in the cream and adjust the seasoning if necessary. (The soup can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Cool it completely and refrigerate, covered. Reheat it over low heat, stirring often, until steaming.)

  4. Ladle the soup into wide bowls, sprinkle the cheese over the soup, and scatter the tortilla strips over the cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

384 Calories
25g Fat
26g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 384
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 1601mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 56mg 282%
Calcium 335mg 26%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 670mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.