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Chicken Tortilla Soup

I have had many different chicken tortilla soups over the years, but truthfully and unashamedly I prefer my own.  I don’t have the stats on this, but I know it is fairly low-calorie, and if you want lower carb counts, you CAN leave the tortillas out of the soup and it will taste almost the same (and yes, I’ve done it both ways).


  • 6 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 8 (6 inch) white corn tortillas, coarsely chopped
  • 6 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 1 (20 oz. ) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 5-6 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into small pieces
  • Tortilla chips or homemade tortilla crispy strips (I do the latter)
  • Shredded cheddar-jack cheese
  • Avocado slices


  • In a large stock pot, heat vegetable oil.  Add tortillas, garlic, cilantro and onion.  Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  • Add cumin, chili powder, bay leaves, and chicken stock.  Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add salt and cayenne.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes, remove bay leaves, and stir in chicken pieces.  Heat through and serve.
  • Ladle into individual serving bowls; garnish with shredded cheese and avocado slices, to taste.  Serve with tortilla chips or homemade crispy tortilla strips.

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