Monday, December 3, 2012

recipe: spicy chicken tortilla soup

This soup is one of my favorite cold weather dishes. After trying Cheddar's chicken tortilla soup last year for the first time Jason and I were pretty confident we could make something similar at home, and in the end I actually like ours better, probably because it's more spicy! If you aren't a fan of spicy but do enjoy chicken tortilla soup I am noting modifications at the bottom of this post so you can make to the recipe to suit your taste. Also, I cook this in a crock-pot, but it can obviously be made in a stockpot as well.

32oz box of chicken broth
2 cans of white meat chunk chicken breast
2 cans of mild Ro-Tel
1 can of Ro-Tel sauce
1/2 can of whole kernel corn
1/4 chopped fresh onion
1 packet of mild taco seasoning
1-2 TBS of hot chili powder
2-3 TBS Frank's hot sauce
1 cup of water
Kraft shredded pepperjack cheese


1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
tortilla chips

*Drain the water from both your chicken breast and corn before adding to crock-pot. Beans too if you're adding them.*

1. Combine chicken broth, water, Ro-Tel, sauce, corn, onion, and Frank's into crock-pot and stir well. (Beans go in here if you're adding them.)

2. Shred your chicken breasts and add them to the crock.

3. Add taco seasoning and chili powder, stirring well to break up all of the powder.

4. I typically cook this soup for 1.5-2 hours on high heat, until it's steaming and bubbling in the crock-pot. If you are planning to put this in the crock earlier in the day and serve later, you will obviously use the low setting.

5. Serve with pepperjack cheese sprinkled over the top and/or tortilla chips if desired.

This soup re-heats really well too! I always think chili tastes better the next day after it's prepared, and I feel the same way about this soup.

If you're looking for a less spicy version I suggest substituting the following ingredients:
*original Ro-Tel instead of mild Ro-Tel
*original taco seasoning instead of mild taco seasoning
*original chili powder instead of hot chili powder
*leave Frank's hot sauce out altogether

If you want to make this soup with all fresh ingredients, or even use raw chicken, I definitely encourage you  to try it out! We usually try to do quick meals after long work days so this recipe is what is convenient for us. If I ever try this recipe out with a healthier twist I will be sure to update!


  1. Looks delicious! Wow, you guys like it SPICY. My girls would love to eat at your house! ;)


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