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Easy Authentic Tortilla Soup

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This authentic tortilla soup recipe is something I’ve been making a lot lately. It is so quick & easy, it literally comes together in 30 minutes; PLUS our whole family LOVES it.

The best part about this is you can keep it super simple. I usually already have most of the ingredients on hand, I just need the chicken. You could cook your chicken with the soup, but I always just use the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from Costco (or I have used leftover shredded turkey breast from Thanksgiving too!) to make this quicker.

this is such a quick authentic tortilla soup recipe. it is so easy to make and perfect for winter. you can also make this with leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving. Favorite comfort food!

An authentic tortilla soup actually doesn’t need all the corn and beans the Americanized version tends to have, it’s literally just a tomato-based soup with tortilla strips in it and a few other toppings.

For this recipe, I use Knorr Granulated Chicken Bouillon. I do not recommend replacing it with chicken broth. I just don’t personally think it tastes as good. It tastes fine, but the granulated chicken bouillon tastes way better. Granted, it’s what I grew up on, my mom never used chicken broth/stock, so it could just be a preference based on that.

Step-by-Step

First, you need to remove the stem and seeds from the Pasilla Chile Pepper and then rehydrate it by soaking it in hot water for about 15-20 minutes or until soft.

Now blend the pepper, tomatoes, garlic clove, and a cup of water until smooth.

In a pot, heat a tablespoon of oil and pour in the tomato mixture. To this you will add the onion, epazote, cilantro, bouillon and additional water. Cook until color turns from pale orange to a bright orange/red color. Using a slotted spoon remove and discard the epazote, cilantro, and onion and serve with desired toppings!

this is such a quick authentic tortilla soup recipe. it is so easy to make and perfect for winter. you can also make this with leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving. Favorite comfort food!

To serve:

This is where the recipe gets good. The broth is great, but the toppings are what make this soup recipe soo good!

A lot of people will cut a dried pasilla pepper into strips and quickly fry that and offer it as a topping. Truthfully, it’s not my favorite. Something about the texture makes me feel like I have little pieces of plastic in my mouth. BUT if you like it, a lot of people do it so you can definitely add it as a topping.

Typically, I will take a bowl, add in my shredded chicken (or turkey), add the broth, then squeeze half a lime over it and top with fried tortilla strips, avocado chunks, and cheese. Sooo good!

Yield: 4 servings

Authentic Tortilla Soup

this is such a quick authentic tortilla soup recipe. it is so easy to make and perfect for winter. you can also make this with leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving. Favorite comfort food!

This authentic tortilla soup recipe can be made very quickly and is very diet/ macro friendly.

Ingredients

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 dried pasilla chile pepper, rehydrated
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • half of an onion
  • 2 tbs knorr granulated chicken bouillon
  • 3 sprigs of cilantro
  • 1 sprig of epazote, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • tortilla strips
  • shredded chicken or turkey breast
  • avocado, optional
  • panela cheese,optional
  • sour cream, optional
  • lime

Instructions

  1. Blend tomatoes, garlic, rehydrated pasilla pepper, and 1 cup of water until well blended.
  2. Heat 1 tbs oil in a pot over medium heat & add in tomato mixture.
  3. Add onion, bouillon, cilantro, epazote, and remaining water.
  4. Bring to a boil and cook until color changes to a deep orange/red (about 5 minutes).
  5. Discard onion, cilantro and epazote.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve in a bowl with shredded chicken or turkey, tortilla strips and desired toppings (avocado, cheese, sour cream, lime juice)

Notes

Nutrition facts based on 1 bowl with 4.5 ounces of shredded chicken, lime juice, & 1/2 cup serving of Kroger brand tortilla strips. Optional toppings not included.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 7.2gCarbohydrates: 19.9gProtein: 35.2g
this is such a quick authentic tortilla soup recipe. it is so easy to make and perfect for winter. you can also make this with leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving. Favorite comfort food!
this is such a quick authentic tortilla soup recipe. it is so easy to make and perfect for winter. you can also make this with leftover turkey breast from Thanksgiving. Favorite comfort food!

gabby

Thursday 7th of January 2021

is this whole recipe and the rest of the recipes you have made for only one serving?

Lexi @ That Fit Fam

Thursday 7th of January 2021

So the recipe is for the entire thing (makes 4 servings total), but the nutrition facts are just 1 serving

Kerri

Monday 31st of August 2020

Curious how much chicken you add? that's a ton of protein- and I sure can use it!!

Lexi @ That Fit Fam

Monday 31st of August 2020

SO I will usually do 4 1/2 ounces of shredded rotisserie chicken. Normally I spread it over two bowls. I will have 1 bowl with 2.25 oz and then a second serving with another 2.25oz, but you can definitely tweak it to your goals. I've definitely added less chicken on days that I didn't need as much. Hope that helps =)

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