Chicken Tortilla Soup

This homemade chicken soup is made from scratch, with tomato base, shredded chicken, veggies, and a spice kick.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken soup, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 (About 8-9 cups)
Calories 309kcal
Author Lyuba Brooke



  • 1 lb chicken tenders or chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 9 cups water it will cook down to about 7-8 cups of stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds

Chicken Soup:

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 15 oz can of corn drained
  • 15 oz can black beans drained (if using dry, make sure to wash and soak them first)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • cooked chicken from above shredded
  • 7-8 cups cooked broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice


  • Monterrey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green Onion
  • Tortilla strips


  • In a large pot, combine water, chicken, bay leaves and coriander. Bring to boil and lower heat to low. Cook for about 2 hours on low heat. Stir occasionally.
  • Set the chicken and the stock aside for now. Strain out and discard the bay leaves and coriander. Shred the chicken once it's cooled enough to handle.
  • Preheat medium pot over medium heat and add onion. Saute until transparent.
  • Add tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the minced (or pressed) garlic, mix well.
  • Add corn and beans. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add shredded chicken and saute for a couple more minutes.
  • Add broth, tomato sauce, salt, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Bring to boil and lower heat to medium. Cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. (If using dry black beans, cook until beans are soft.)
  • Stir in lime juice and mix well.
  • Serve with the toppings of your choice.
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Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2.6mg