Tortilla Soup

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Tortilla Soup Tortilla Soup Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Difficulty: Easy

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2 1/2 pounds split chicken breasts
3 quarts water
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 large yellow onion, quartered
1/4 cup butter
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
Sour cream, cilantro (optional)





In a large Dutch oven, combine chicken breast, water, celery, and yellow onion. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from broth; reserve broth. Let chicken cool slightly; skin and bone chicken. Shred chicken, and set aside. Strain broth, discarding vegetables, set aside.

In Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat; add sweet onion, bell pepper, jalapeños, and garlic. Cook 6 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Stir in flour, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes, 10 cups reserved chicken broth, shredded chicken, cilantro, cumin, salt, and chili powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in lime juice.

In a small skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry tortilla strips, in batches, until crispy; drain on paper towels.

Ladle soup into bowls, top with crispy tortilla strips. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and cilantro, if desired.

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Publication: Cooking with Paula Deen magazine, Jan/Feb 2007

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Reader Comments:


We love this recipe and have been using it for years! We've tried others but this is the one we enjoy the most!

By Doreen on February 01, 2014


Do you have recipies or a cookbook listing calories, fats and CARBS? So happy things are looking up for you!

By Linda storms on October 24, 2013


Outstanding and will certainly let others know.

By Anonymous on June 23, 2013


The soup was a hit...wonderful lunch...lite,not heavy,I love this soup I will eat this soup all the time. Great!

By Anonymous on April 23, 2013


I just made this soup last night, and we LOVED it. I can't wait to eat leftovers for lunch today!

By Jennifer on September 18, 2012


Will Paula be at the Lady and Sons Restaurant anytime in March 2012 on a weekend to see her fans? Thanks! Connie Armer

By Connie Armer on March 18, 2012


Nutrition values would be helpful

By Linda on March 08, 2012


Like all recipes I have tried so far. I must say I do change some ingredients. I will still stick with your recipes.

By Rita on February 11, 2012



By Meghann Hughes on October 30, 2011


I made the Tortilla soup from your website for Mother's Day this year and it was a HIT! My parents are still enjoying it, as I left what was left over for them to enjoy. I used a large can of Rotel tomatoes instead of the jalapenos and canned tomatoes, and it really worked wonderfully. Thanks for sharing this recipe.....EXCELLENT!!! Paula

By Paula Buchalla on May 09, 2011


The only changes that I made are: 3/4 can of chopped tomatoes, at least 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (we like cilantro). Top with shredded Jack cheese, sliced avocado and crisp tortilla strips. Enjoy!

By Orva Lester on April 13, 2011

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