This delicious homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup has tons of flavor and is packed with juicy, tender chicken breast, fire-roasted tomatoes, whole sweet corn, black beans and more! And there is no better way to serve it than with some homemade tortilla strips on top!
How To Make Chicken Tortilla Soup
Full instructions are included in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Prep your ingredients! Chop your red bell pepper, onion, garlic and jalapeño. Next measure out all of your seasoning and spices ahead of time. It will make the cooking process a lot easier.
Step Two: In a large pot over medium heat, saute onions, garlic, bell pepper and jalapeño with a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Next, in the same pot, add tomato paste and spices. I also like to add a little bit of water or chicken broth to smooth out the paste.
Step Three: Add the frozen corn, tomatoes, black beans, and chicken broth. Gently stir everything together.
Step Four: Lay the chicken breasts in the soup and cover with a lid. Bring the pot to a boil then immediately turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes. (Make sure the pot is not boiling, but still has a steady simmer).
Step Five: Remove the cooked chicken breasts from the soup and place on a clean cutting board. Shred the chicken with 2 forks, then place the shredded chicken back into the soup and stir well. Squeeze in some lime juice and add fresh cilantro. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
I highly suggest making your own homemade tortilla strips to add on top. (Recipe for homemade tortilla strips plus step-by-step video below)
Prep your ingredients first. To make this recipe go smoothly, prep all of your ingredients first. Chop your veggies, measure out your spices, and drain and rinse the black beans. This way you can throw everything in your pot quickly when you need to.
Use a Rotisserie Chicken. Grab a rotisserie chicken from your local store if you want to save some time. Just remove the skin, shred the chicken and add it to the soup once all of the rest of the ingredients are added. Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes so the flavors can merry together. Then add the lime juice, chopped cilantro, and serve with your favorite toppings!
Make homemade tortilla strips. If you want to add tortilla strips as a topping, make your own. Trust me it’s really easy and it tastes 1000x better than any pre-packaged chips. Tutorial below.
How To Make Homemade Tortilla Strips
- Cut some corn tortilla strips into roughly ½ inch thick and 2-inch long pieces.
- Heat ½ cup of vegetable oil in a small sauté pan on medium-high heat.
- Fry tortilla strips in batches until crispy. Should only take about 60-90 seconds per batch.
- Once strips are golden brown, quickly transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Add a sprinkle of salt immediately to the strips while they are hot and enjoy!
- Homemade tortilla strips (highly recommend)
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Freshly chopped cilantro
- More chopped jalapeno