Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup (Fully Loaded!)

Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup (Fully Loaded!)

I recently discovered the delightful taste of a certain (Cafe Rio) Chicken Tortilla Soup that was fully loaded with all kinds of fresh and heavenly ingredients. I couldn’t help but come home and see if I could make the same things happen in my kitchen (and yours).  It was the right thing to do. For the love of healthy goodness, it was indeed the right thing to do.

This soup is delicious! The broth is packed with wonderful Mexican flavors, the shredded chicken hearty and filling. Top it off with refreshingly fabulous ingredients like lime, cilantro, avocado and even tomatoes. It’s a keeper. Can’t wait to make it again. 🙂

Let’s me show you how to make it happen…

Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup from Jamie Cooks It Up!

Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup (Fully Loaded)

Time: 15 min. prep + 40 minutes cooking
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe adapted from This Country Girl Cooks

2 Tb olive oil
1 onion
5 cloves garlic
4-5 mini bell peppers
12 C water
9 chicken bullion cubes
1 tsp  ground pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp salt
3 chicken breasts
1 (15 ounce) can corn
1 (15 ounce) can black beans

Tortilla strips
Tomatoes (or salsa)
Green Onions
Mexican blend cheese


1. Grab one onion, 4-5 mini bell peppers and 5 cloves of garlic.


Chop them all nicely.


2. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the oil is hot add your chopped veggies. Cook until the onions are translucent and the veggies are crisp tender.


3. Add to the pot 12 cups water, 9 bullion cubes, 1 teaspoon  ground pepper, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic and 1 teaspoon salt.


4. Add 3 chicken breasts (trimmed of fat)


and bring the pot to a rolling boil. Turn the heat down so that the soup is at a simmer. Allow it to cook away for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.


5. Take the chicken out of the pot, place it on a plate and shred it with two forks. Place the chicken back in the pot.


6. Add 1 can of rinsed and drained black beans…



and a can rinsed and drained corn.
7. Let the soup cook for 10 minutes more. Then serve with all kinds of amazing toppings…


These Chili Lime Tortilla Strips are my favorite. Love.

4x4 Bucket Jamie

You could also serve it with green onions, mexi-cheese blend, cilantro, lime, avocados, tomatoes, sour cream or even salsa. Yum. The more you load it up…the better it is. At least in my humble opinion.

Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup

Load it up, man.

Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup from Jamie Cooks It Up!!

Load it well. 🙂


Post a comment!


  1. 1
    January 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Instead of bullion, I’d like to use chicken stock. Since it calls for 9 cubes, should I replace 9 cups of water for stock? Or sub all 12 cups?

    • 2
      January 27, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Chicken stock would be great, I would go for 9 cups stock and 3 cups water. Best of luck!

  2. 3
    Kay H.
    January 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, that looks so good! I love chicken tortilla soup but have yet to make it myself. I will have to try this. Thanks!

  3. 4
    January 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Like the first comment, I was wondering why you don’t use chicken stock in place of the cubes? Is there a favor difference or just personal preference?

    • 5
      January 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

      I just keep bullion cubes on hand, so that’s what I used. But you could certainly use broth. Good luck!

  4. 6
    January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t have any red peppers so I added a can of rotfl mild diced tomatoes & green chilies, for some color. Yum! The only other change was I used 8 cups of chicken broth & 4 cups water since I am not a fan of bouillon cubes. I will definitely make this again. The spices were just right. Thanks for the great recipe.

  5. 7
    Susan Gray
    April 15, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    That looks so good…making it tomorrow!

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