Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This homemade Mexican-style chicken soup is so rich in intriguing flavors, vibrant in color and full of tantalizing aromas that fill your kitchen!  It’s usually made by combining chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic and fried tortillas.  There are dozens of variations to add after that. I’ve added cooked chicken along with fiber rich black beans and hominy for texture.  The skinny for 1 cup, 180 calories, 4 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. This recipe’s always a huge hit with everyone.  It’s so hearty, satisfying and can be served as the main course too!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients for Soup:

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

2½ cups chopped onion

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

2 (6-inch) corn tortillas, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1½ teaspoons chili powder, 1½ teaspoon cumin,  1½ teaspoon garlic powder and black pepper, to taste , shopping tips below

6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, I like Swanson’s

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (14 oz) can yellow hominy, drained and rinsed or corn

1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups cooked chopped chicken

Juice of 1 lime

Ingredients for Topping: optional

1¼ cups reduced-fat tortilla chips, crushed


1. In a large nonstick pot, add olive oil, onions and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute.

2. Add chopped tortillas, tomato paste, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and black pepper, to taste. Sauté for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in chicken broth and tomatoes.  Bring up to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Add hominy, beans, chicken and fresh squeezed lime juice.  Mix well.  Cook 10 minutes more.

5. Top with some crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

Makes 10 cups or 5 main-course servings (2 cups each)

Food Facts

Tortilla soup is so popular. You see it served in a variety of restaurants. It’s so versatile with dozens of ways to make.  It originated in Mexico.

Hominy is yellow or white corn that has its hull removed mechanically or by soaking in lime.

Health Benefits

Black beans are digested slowly and can suppress your appetite for hours.  They’re packed with fiber, iron, B vitamins and folate.

Rinsing canned beans and hominy before adding to soups greatly reduces the sodium content.

Shopping Tips

I love the flavor of smoked paprika. It smells like BBQ flavors and really enhances the smokey flavor of this soup. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the spice aisle. Or, you can just use regular paprika.

At a wine event on the Central Coast of California, I discovered the most amazing spice company called  Spice of Life.  They sell many fabulous blends of delicious, all natural spices. In this recipe, I used their “Southwestern Mesquite.”  It gives this soup a rich, wonderful flavor. Use 4 teaspoons in this recipe to replace the blend i included! Visit their website to order some or see where they sell their line of spices at www.PasoSpices.com. You won’t be disappointed!  And, they’re super nice people too!

Serving Tips

Make this a main-course meal by serving 1 cup of soup with my recipe, Oh Boy It’s Taco Night.   Another main course idea is to start with a 2 cup serving of soup and add chopped avocado, tomato, shredded reduced-fat cheese and chopped cilantro on the side. Let everybody customize their own bowl.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4
Weight Watchers
(old points) 3

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup (not including tortilla chips on top)
180 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat.fat, 56mg chol, 21g protein, 17g carbs, 4g fiber, 584mg sodium, 3g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 cup Baja Fresh Chicken Tortilla Soup
320 calories, 14g fat, 17g protein, 29g carbs,4g fiber, 2760mg sodium

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55 Responses to “Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. Simply Life Says:

    Oh that soup looks amazing!

  2. Biz Says:

    I just learned recently to add corn tortillas to my soup to thicken it – yours looks delicious, especially the addition of hominy! I’ll have to add that next time.

    The Baja Fresh by my house closed – and they had my favorite salsa of all time. I’ve recreated it though and its a huge hit whenever I make it. The secret is grilling the tomatoes and jalapenos – and keeping the char to make it smokey.


    I found you through Katie at Chaos in the Kitchen – so many food blogs – not enough time! 😀

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks for your great tip about the salsa! It sounds like it would be delicious. Hope you continue to join us…

  4. TasteHongKong Says:

    Although I cannot get reach of the aroma, the soup sounds tantalizing. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. admin Says:

    It’s delicious…Thanks for stopping by Skinny Kitchen…

  6. Jamie Says:

    This soup just may be on my menu this weeekend. I love tortilla soup and I’m always looking for new recipes. I’ve never used hominy so this will be a first. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe. I’m glad you left a comment on my blog so that I could have discovered yours.

  7. admin Says:

    Thanks for the nice comments. I hope your family enjoys this soup. It’s one of my families favorites!

  8. Serena @ Seriously Soupy Says:


    The soup looks amazing and I love how you added hominy. A great healthy dish.

  9. admin Says:

    Thanks Serena. I do love the hominy in this soup but corn would also work. Thanks for stopping by…

  10. Heather @girlichef Says:

    Hi Nancy! You’re right…your version does sound heavenly…thanks s much for suggesting it. I would love it if you’d link it up to my ongoing quest here: http://www.girlichef.com/2010/05/tortilla-soup-challenge-please-join-me.html…I definitely want to make sure I save it to try. I really like that it’s thickened with tortillas and the addition of hominy. YUM! Yum :)

  11. admin Says:

    Wonderful Heather! I will link on your site. Hope you enjoy my version!

  12. Fiesta Crunch Says:

    I love tortilla soup! We make ours with chicken and black beans too.

  13. Diane Balch Says:

    I love the flavors in this dish. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

  14. admin Says:

    Thanks Diane. Love your Foodie Friday! Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Diane Balch Says:

    Congrats your recipe is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button. I will be pinning and tweeting your recipe too.

  16. admin Says:

    I’m so excited…Thanks so much Diane for featuring my recipe!

  17. Jillian Says:

    I am wondering if this version will work in a crock pot – cooked on Low for a day? Thoughts?

  18. admin Says:

    Jullian, although I’ve never tried it this way, I bet it would work fine in a crock pot. I’d cook it on a low setting for about 6 hours or on a high setting for about 3 hours. Good luck. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turned out!


  19. Jillian Says:

    Fabulous! Thank you Nancy! I will make it this Thursday and let you know!

  20. admin Says:

    I can’t wait to hear Jullian!

  21. Jeni Says:

    The soup looks delicious!

  22. admin Says:

    It’s one of my all time favorites Jeni. I hope you get a chance to make it!

  23. Jillian Says:

    I made the soup in a crock pot – cooked on low for 6 hours – it was AMAZING!

  24. admin Says:

    That’s wonderful Jillian! Thanks so much for sharing this. :-)

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  26. admin Says:

    Sheri, you did a great job with your skinny version of my soup. I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
    Wishing you all the best,

  27. Jack Says:

    Making this for dinner tonight! My only problem is I have to keep my wife away from it until dinner! The soup smells and tastes amaaaaaaazing.

  28. admin Says:

    Too cute Jack…Enjoy!!!
    My best,

  29. Rebecca Says:

    I have a lot of low carb tortillas are these ok to use I would think healthier also than corn tortillas??? What are your thoughts on this?

  30. admin Says:

    Rebecca, I’ve never tried low carb tortillas. If you like the way they taste you’ll most likely enjoy them in this soup. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turned out.
    Wishing you all the best,

  31. Kim Says:

    This was wonderful! I made it the other night for dinner and we enjoyed every last drop. I am a weight watcher and I love how filing this is for the small amount of points!

  32. admin Says:

    I’m so happy you did Kim. Thanks for letting me know!
    My best,

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  34. Stephanie Says:

    I was hoping to make this tonight, but being from New Jersey I have no way of getting the Spice of Life “Southwestern Mesquite” spice… any suggestions that I could substitute?

  35. admin Says:

    Stephanie, here’s what you can use: 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1½ teaspoons chili powder, 1½ teaspoon cumin, 1½ teaspoon garlic powder and black pepper.
    I hope this helps.

  36. Dana Says:

    Sounds like a delicious recipe, can’t wait to try it! I was wondering if the 1¼ cups reduced-fat tortilla chips, crushed is per serving or to be split between the servings and is it factored in the points? Thanks!

  37. admin Says:

    Thanks Dana. Yes it’s 1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips added to each 2 cup main course serving. It has been factored in the skinny facts. Enjoy!

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  39. Katerina Says:

    Making possible to enjoy all these delicious meals and do it with the least possible calories well this is definitely something that deserves congratulations! Delicious recipe Nancy!

  40. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Katerina. It’s my lunch today. Can’t wait!

  41. Carol Cassara Says:

    This week. On my menu. 😉

  42. admin Says:

    I think you’ll love it Carol. Dinner last night and lunch today in my house!

  43. Aunt Bee Says:

    Black beans are my favorite type of beans! I love that you added the black beans and hominy to this soup! Sounds FANTASTIC!

  44. admin Says:

    I hope you get a chance to try it Brandi! One of my very favorites.

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  46. admin Says:

    Charlene, thank you so much for including my Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe! That is so nice of you.
    Love your link party each week!
    With my very best wishes,

  47. Kecia Says:

    This is one of my favorite soups! I will definitely have to try this wonderful homemade version!

  48. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Kecia! :)

  49. Susielou Says:

    Why do we add chicken twice?

  50. admin Says:

    You don’t Susie. In step #3 you add the chicken broth and in step# 4 you add the chicken.
    I hope this helps!

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  52. Rena McDaniel Says:

    I’ve never tried tortilla soup before, but it looks delicious! Pinned and shared!

  53. admin Says:

    You are in for a real, yummy treat. Thanks for sharing it, Rena!

  54. Carmen Meadows Says:

    Can I skip the corn tortillas? I do not have any and am getting ready to try this recipe. Could I substitute low carb wheat tortillas?

  55. admin Says:

    The tortillas get absorbed into into the broth and do add some wonderful flavor. That said, it would still taste yummy. i’d crumbled some reduced-fat tortilla chips over each bowl, just before serving. Enjoy!

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