Topped with crispy tortilla strips, this Mexican chicken soup provides a healthy dose of heat with guajillo and ancho chile peppers and fire-roasted corn. Top with sour cream, lime juice, chopped fresh cilantro, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese, if desired.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 25 mins
15 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place guajillo chile peppers, ancho chile pepper, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-low heat until peppers have softened, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat, drain peppers, and set aside to cool.

  • Combine chicken, garlic, and a generous pinch of salt in a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat until meat is tender and can be easily pulled apart with a fork, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and shred with 2 forks when cool enough to handle. Strain broth into a bowl and set aside to use in the soup.

  • Combine diced tomatoes and cooled chile peppers in a blender; blend until smooth.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron soup pot over medium heat; stir in onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add oregano and paprika; saute until onion starts to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Make a well in the center of the onions and add remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add pureed tomato-chile pepper mixture to the hot oil; it should sizzle. Stir sauce to combine with onions and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  • Add shredded chicken to the pot and stir until completely coated in sauce; simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in reserved chicken broth, corn, and chicken bouillon until combined and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have blended, about 10 minutes, adding additional chicken broth if soup is too thick.

  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips.

Cook's Notes:

Dried chile peppers can remain fresh for a long time as long as they are stored in a cool, dry place.

Chicken breasts can be used instead of chicken thighs, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 22.3g; carbohydrates 18.3g; fat 16.3g; cholesterol 70.4mg; sodium 441.8mg. Full Nutrition