Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Tortilla Soup
Classic, flavorful, heart-healthy Tortilla Soup is perfect for a warm dinner on a cold night. Simple to prepare; add shredded chicken for a heartier dish and top with tortilla chips for some extra crunch.

Ingredients for Average Betty’s Tortilla Soup:
16 – 18 ounces chicken broth (vegetable for vegetarian)
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (omit for vegetarian)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup refried pinto beans
1/2 cup chopped carrots (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped white onion
1/2 jalapeño pepper seeded, chopped (optional)
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 green onion (aka spring onion) diced and divided
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cumin
fresh lime juice (about 3/4 of one whole lime)
sea salt
fresh black pepper

tortilla chips
diced tomato
sour cream

NOTES: Makes two entree or four starter servings. You might like to try Baked Tortilla Strips for a lighter alternative to tortilla chips.

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Chop carrots, red bell pepper and jalapeño into fat matchsticks. Dice onion and green onion. Separate the dark green top of the green onion from the pale green/white bottom.

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Roughly chop cilantro. Don’t be afraid of the stems. Plenty of flavor there!

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Shred cooked chicken into bite-sized chunks. The chicken can be grilled, baked, roasted, white meat or dark meat. Whatever you prefer. Save time if needed by purchasing pre-cooked chicken and shredding it.

Once the prep is done… Cook!

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Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in pot. Add carrots, bell pepper, onion, jalapeño and green onion tops.

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Sweat the vegetables over medium heat and add a pinch of sea salt and a few cracks of fresh pepper. About 5 minutes.

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Add about 4 ounces of broth and bring back up to temperature.

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Stir in garlic powder.

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Stir in cumin.

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Allow to simmer 5 – 10 minutes.

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Add tomato sauce.

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Stir in tomato sauce and bring back to temperature.

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Add beans.

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Stir in beans and bring back to temperature.

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Add remainder of broth, bring back to temperature and simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes.

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When ready to serve, add fresh lime.

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Stir in chopped cilantro.

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Stir in lower, light green/white of green onion.

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Stir in shredded, cooked chicken and bring to a gentle boil. Garnish with tortilla chips, sour cream, diced tomato and avocado. Makes two 10-12 ounce entrée servings.

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Link to Average Betty’s Valentine Video Redux.
Link to Average Betty <3 Tortilla Soup blog post.

Looking for more soups?
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Creamy Spinach Soup
Caribbean Black Bean Soup

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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Grilled Fish with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
Coconut Shrimp

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Double Chocolate Cookie Sundae with Chocolate Fudge
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Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing
Chocolate Pudding Filled Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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19 Responses to “Tortilla Soup Recipe”

  1. HoneyB
    2/13/2009 at 7:13 am #

    Looks delish and I love the bowl!

  2. Average Betty
    2/13/2009 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks, HoneyB! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Lori
    2/13/2009 at 9:12 am #

    I made your sugar cookies this morning and took them to the office. I had to write because everyone says they are the best cookies they have ever had. Thank Betty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Heidi / Savory Tv
    2/13/2009 at 9:41 am #

    Adorable! Another excuse for me to overdose on cilantro, I’m an addict! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Average Betty
    2/13/2009 at 10:14 am #

    Awesome Lori! It makes my day to hear you tried my sugar cookie recipe and shared them with others! That’s what cookies are all about in my opinion! Thank you for writing to let me know…

    Hi Heidi, I too am addicted to cilantro. In fact, sometimes I think I need help! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Love y’all!

  6. Gera @ SweetsFoods
    2/13/2009 at 10:15 am #


    This soup looks so elegant and luxurious!
    The bowl is totally appropriated for the day :)
    Happy V Day!


  7. Average Betty
    2/13/2009 at 11:19 am #

    Gera, You are the sweetest… Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  8. Ceres
    2/13/2009 at 2:12 pm #

    What a fun heart healthy Valentine’s Day meal! The colors are amazing.

  9. Average Betty
    2/14/2009 at 10:20 am #

    Thanks, Ceres! I love your blog too! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  10. Rowena Ackland
    2/16/2009 at 5:31 am #

    Hi Betty,

    I was just wondering if you ever come to the UK and do your cooking?



  11. Average Betty
    2/16/2009 at 10:02 am #

    Hi Row,
    I’d love to get out to the UK! Why do you ask and where do you suggest I go?

  12. Rowena Ackland
    2/17/2009 at 7:52 am #

    Um I would say Oxford for food .If you want ,you could come to my house near Oxford and cook for me everyday?

    Let me know if your ever in the UK.




  13. Jasmin
    4/25/2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Fantastic recipe. I found it on the Recipe Search Engine.

  14. judy-lyn
    7/10/2009 at 10:01 am #

    I love this recipe! i added black beans and corn to mine. it made it more hearty and maybe a little less healthy. haha thanks betty!

  15. Average Betty
    7/10/2009 at 11:07 am #

    judy-lyn! Hey girl!! So cool of you to drop by :)
    Mmm! I bet the black beans and corn were terrific! And c’mon! It’s soup… it’s not like you’re eating a cheeseburger and fries <3 Thank you so much for trying my recipe and commenting!
    xoxo, Betty

  16. Noah Martin
    6/10/2010 at 8:45 am #

    I really love to eat lots of different kinds of soup specially vegetable based soups.`:~


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