Ya know what’s not fair? It’s not fair that chicken noodle soup gets crowned the ultimate soup comfort food. I completely disagree with this. Truth be told I don’t even like chicken noodle soup. I’m here to say I challenge chicken noodle soup with Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup.
I fully support Creamy Chicken Tortilla soup as the ultimate soup comfort food. And with homemade crispy flour tortilla strips on top this is comforting, hearty, and everything you want in a bowl of soup.
What’s so comforting about this chicken tortilla soup?
It’s stocked with black beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken stock, spices, tender rotisserie chicken then topped with homemade crispy tortilla strips, cheese and sour cream. I mean, that’s dinner in a bowl. Loaded with so many goodies and definitely not lacking in flavor.
This is called a soup, but it’s almost like an in the middle between a soup and a chowder.
It’s thicker than a straight broth soup but not as thick as something like my Creamy Mexican Corn Chowder. The light cream and shreds of rotisserie chicken make this the perfect blend between a soup and a chowder! A meal in itself, this loaded chicken tortilla soup is packed with everything you need to feel and satisfied for lunch or dinner.
How to make homemade tortilla strips
Homemade tortilla strips are so easy to make and taste fresh and perfectly seasoned.
- Take 4 flour tortillas, the size for tacos not the size for burritos. You need flour tortillas not corn. Corn tortillas don’t get the crisp you need, and you’ll be able to get the extra crispiness with flour tortillas.
- In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil with 1/8 teaspoon of each of these seasonings: salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
- Brush each of the 4 flour tortillas with the spiced oil mixture with a basting brush. Then, with a pizza cutter slice each tortilla into thin strips.
- Place under the broiler on high for 3-4 minutes, then remove and flip all the strips over, and broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Important to note, the strength of the broiler can vary by oven! Always watch something very closely when it’s under the broiler since these can go from perfect to burnt very quickly. The cooking times above were perfect for my broiler which is located under the oven with the open flame.
When cooked, they should be dark brown (not burned) and snap when you break them in half.
I always like to use flour tortillas when making homemade crispy tortilla strips. I’ve found they crispy up much better than corn. As noted above, oven broilers can vary in strength depending on your oven. Always watch something closely when you’ve got it under the broiler so it doesn’t burn!
If you’d prefer to cook and shred chicken breast you can absolutely do that! I prefer to use a cooked rotisserie chicken because it saves time and it SO easy! No extra cooking step required.
The chicken will be softest and most tender if you use a fresh rotisserie chicken, but I’ve bought it the day before and kept it in the fridge until I was ready to make this. I’d recommend if you’re using a chilled chicken to shred the pieces very fine so that they get very tender in the soup.
You can add whatever fixins you like! I prefer an extra squeeze of lime juice, and little sour cream, and a little shredded cheese. I’ve also crumbled additional tortilla chips on top.
The leftovers are so good! Store in an air tight container in the fridge and enjoy for more lunches and dinners throughout the week. My personal preference is using up leftovers within 3 days of cooking.
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Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
A hearty soup that’s a blend between a soup and a chowder. Packed with black beans, corn, tomatoes and rotisserie chicken then topped with lime juice and cheese. This is comfort food in a bowl!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 servings
- Category: Main Dishes
- Method: Saute
- Cuisine: Tex-Mex
For the Homemade Tortilla Strips
4 flour tortillas, taco sized
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon paprika
For the Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 and 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 of of white or yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 15oz can black beans, drained
2 and 1/2 cups corn– you can use canned or frozen. If you use frozen you need to cook it first.
3 14.5oz cans of ow sodium chicken broth or stock
1 15oz can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons corn starch mixed into 2 teaspoons water
1 cup light cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice, plus lime juice for garnishing
Sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese for garnishing
1. To make the tortilla strips, lay your tortillas out on a broiling pan, you may need to do these in batches. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil with 1/8 teaspoon of each of these seasonings: salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Brush each of the 4 flour tortillas with the spiced oil mixture with a basting brush. Then, with a pizza cutter slice each tortilla into thin strips. Place under the broiler on high for 3-4 minutes, then remove and flip all the strips over, and broil for an additional 2-3 minutes. Broiling time really depends on your oven, keep a close eye on these for when they are getting browned and crispy. Things can go from browned to burned very quickly under the broiler! Once done, remove from the broiler and carefully crumble into bite-sized pieces.
2. Pour the olive oil into a large pot and heat over medium heat, add the diced onion and garlic and cook for a minute, then pour in the corn and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally allowing the corn to get slightly browned.
3. Pour in the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, black beans, shredded chicken, corn starch and water mixture, light cream, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, cilantro, lime juice, and oregano. Stir so everything is blended together then raise the heat to bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. To serve, ladle soup into a bowl and top with shredded Cheddar cheese, fresh squeezed lime juice, and the homemade tortilla strips. I mix sour cream with a little water and drizzle that on top as well!
An option serving method if you want to make this cheesy, pour soup into oven/broiler safe bowls, top with shredded pepper jack cheese ans broil several minutes until browned and bubbly.
After adding the spices and allowing to simmer, carefully taste and adjust spices to your liking.
I like the low sodium broth to cut down on the salt.
If you don’t make the homemade tortilla strips, you can crumble corn chips over top.
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