Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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This homemade Mexican style chicken soup is so rich in intriguing flavors, vibrant in color and tantalizing aromas that fill your kitchen. It’s usually made by combining chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and fried tortillas. There are numerous variations to add after that. We added cooked chicken along with fiber rich black beans and hominy for texture. We also used a fabulous blend of spices from a company we found on the Central Coast (see shopping tip) to make this classic soup, the best we’ve ever tasted! The skinny on a cup of our delectable soup is 180 calories and just 4 grams of fat. For the same serving, Baja Fresh makes one at 320 calories and 14 grams of fat. The most astounding number is their sodium content at 2760 mg. Yikes... Our recipe’s always a huge hit with everyone. It’s so hearty and satisfying it can be served as the main course too!

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Servings: 10 cups


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  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 teaspoons Spice of Life “Southwestern Mesquite” seasoning, see shopping tip below
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, we like Swanson’s
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 oz) can yellow hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • Juice of one lime
  • Topping
  • 1 ¼ cups reduced-fat tortilla chips, crushed


  1. In a large nonstick pot, add the olive oil, onions and garlic. Saute for 1 minute.
  2. Add the chopped tortillas, tomato paste, and Southwestern mesquite seasonings or our blend (see shopping tip) and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and tomatoes. Bring up to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the hominy, beans and chicken and mix well. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
  5. Shopping Tip
  6. At a wine event on the Central Coast of California we discovered the most amazing spice company called The Spice of Life. They sell 6 fabulous blends of the most delicious, all natural spices. We’re using their “Southwestern Mesquite” for this soup. It gives our soup a rich, wonderful flavor. Visit their website to see how to order or where they sell their line of spices at www.PasoSpices.com. You won’t be disappointed! And, they’re super nice people too!
  7. If you can’t use Spice of Life’s Southwestern Mesquite seasoning, you can substitute with this combination of spices-2 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoons chili powder and 1 teaspoon cumin. If you desire more heat, add ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper.
  8. Skinny Facts: for one cup
  9. 180 calories, 4g fat, 12g protein, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 584mg sodium, 5g sugar


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 338g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 413  
Calories from Fat 127 31%
Total Fat 14.15g 18%
Saturated Fat 2.62g 10%
Trans Fat 0.02g  
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 889mg 25%
Total Carbs 53.9g 14%
Dietary Fiber 9.2g 31%
Sugars 4.05g 3%
Protein 18.41g 29%
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  • kelly
    I made this recipe the other day and omg my family loved it, even my boys who are very picky about what they eat. And easy to make not much time, I liked that.
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
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    • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
      January 11, 2011
      Oh good Kelly. Thanks so much for the review. It's one of my boys favorite too!


    • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
      November 6, 2010
      My nutrition facts for this recipe are much lower than they calculated Here's what they actually are:

      Skinny Facts: for one cup
      180 calories, 4g fat, 12g protein, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, 584mg sodium, 5g sugar
      for this recuoe

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