Soup So Good You’ll Want to Swim in it

If I could eat tex-mex everyday, I would feel like the most blessed woman ever. Tex-mex, good *FRESH* salsa and a margarita (with salt) – my slice of heaven on earth.

I twittered about making this soup the other night, and several people asked about the recipe.

I made a couple of adaptations from the original recipe, which I have noted with asterisks.

If you make it, let me know how you like it!

Chicken Tortilla Soup


4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 can (4 ounces) chopped mild green chilies, drained *
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cans (15 ounces each) diced tomatoes, including juice *
1/2 – 1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Juice of 1 lime
Bag of tortilla chip
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 avocado, seeded, peeled, diced and tossed with lime juice to prevent browning

[* I substituted a can of Rotel tomatoes for one can of diced tomatoes and did not add the can of chilies]


1.Place chicken in slow cooker.

2.Combine chilies, garlic, onion, tomatoes, 1/2 cup chicken broth and cumin in a blender *. Puree until smooth. Pour mixture over chicken.

3.Cook on High for 3 hours. When chicken is tender, use the tines of 2 forks to shred the meat. Adjust seasonings adding additional broth if necessary.

4.Just before serving, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and cilantro to slow cooker. Stir to blend.

5.Serve in soup bowls, topping each serving with plenty of tortilla chips, cheese, avocado and a squeeze of lime juice.

Yield: Serves 4 – 6

[* the original recipe did not call for blending the chilies, tomatoes etc. But I love a smoother tortilla soup – hence the pureeing]


  1. Sandy Toes says

    I have found anything with Rotel in good!
    -sandy toe

  2. Emily@remodelingthislife says

    Sounds so yummy!

  3. hhhmmm! Will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love Tortilla Soup it’s one of the few soups that I’ll eat and real, good, fresh Tex Mex or Mexican *swoon*

    We’ll have to sneak out for some and an ice cold ‘rita at BlogHer!!!!!!


  5. Megan@SortaCrunchy says

    I am SO with you on the Tex Mex thing. Seriously – could live on it happily the rest of my life.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe! (although I personally will leave out the cilantro. I have a very strange cilantro aversion.)

  6. I *do* want to swim in it! I may be making this for my LOST party tonight…

  7. BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) says

    I’m definitely adding this to my “must cook” list! And I am with you on the fresh salsa and margaritas. Yum….

  8. Andrea @ Mommy says

    This is going in my virtual recipe box!!

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