Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup


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

If you want to create a soup and salad meal,  serve this soup with Skinny Guacamole  Salad Sticks.
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
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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61 Responses to “Heavenly Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. 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,

  2. Kecia Says:

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

  3. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Kecia! 🙂

  4. Susielou Says:

    Why do we add chicken twice?

  5. 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!

  6. Chicken Tortilla Soup Swanson - Food Recipe Says:

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  7. Rena McDaniel Says:

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

  8. admin Says:

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

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. Marilyn Golz Says:

    would fat free chicken broth work just as well ? And lighten up the weight watchers points too ?

  12. admin Says:

    Marilyn, I calculated the skinny facts and points using Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth which is fat-free.
    All the best,

  13. Marilyn Golz Says:

    Thank you !

  14. admin Says:

    My pleasure Marilyn!

  15. Rebekah Says:

    Can I cook this in crockpot? What adjustments would need to be made?

  16. admin Says:

    I would first do steps 1 and 2 of this recipe:

    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.

    Then add all of the ingredients to the crock-pot. Cook on low heat for 4 hours or on high heat 2 hours.

    My best,

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