This filling chicken tortilla soup will leave bellies full and happy, and is boyfriend-approved. For a spicier soup add a diced jalapeno to the onions, or a 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Garnish soup with shredded jack cheese, avocado, cilantro, lime slices, and crispy tortilla strips if desired.

Kristen Bailey


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Bring water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottom stockpot; and chicken, cover Dutch oven, and cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer chicken to a plate to cool and pour water from Dutch oven into a bowl for later use.

  • Heat olive oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and green bell pepper in the hot oil until onion is soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic to onion mixture; cook and stir until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

  • Mix chicken broth, black beans, Great Northern beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, green chile peppers, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt to taste into onion mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover Dutch oven, and simmer until soup flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

  • Remove bone from chicken and discard. Shred chicken meat into small pieces using your hands or a fork. Add chicken and corn to soup; cover Dutch oven and cook until corn is warmed, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 1220 mg sodium. 30.5 g carbohydrates; 27.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
I did add some extra vegetables that were in the refrigerator as we all do when we're making soup:-). I also found it in need of more space so I put half a pack of taco seasoning in which made it a little spicy but everybody loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added cilantro a squeeze of lime juice and topped it with avocado cheese and sour cream. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
It definitely was filling but I would have liked it spicier. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love making this soup. Add cilantro avocados and a dolup of sour cream to top it off and a little spritz of lime juice. A family favorite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I didn't have fire-roasted tomatoes so I used petite diced tomatoes with green chiles. I added a dash of cayenne to kick it up a notch. Followed all other ingredients and it was delicious and filling! Great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really good soup and easy to make didn’t take long at all to make it and absolutely delicious as good as any tortilla soup I’ve ever had thanks for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So so yummy! I ate off this for a few days! The only changes I made was to use pinto beans instead of great northern and I threw my chicken in the crock pot to cook in some chicken broth instead of boiling it. I liked using the bone in chicken breast. It seemed to come out juicier than just using boneless breasts. Definitely a repeat! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This hearty and healthy chicken tortilla soup with beans is filled with shredded chicken and many other flavors that blend well together for that perfect meal. We don't like our soup too thin so we added less broth. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent soup.. Adjusted the spices to my taste but it is a great base to start from. My soup was fantastico Read More