Stovetop Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls!

    I have noticed myself making more and more soups lately.

    To me, I definitely crave them more in the cooler weather but I also have noticed that even in warm weather, I just want a big bowl of hearty soup.

    I love making soup because most of the time, I can make a big batch that we can have throughout the week

    This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls!

    Why using rotisserie chicken is the best

    I loved using a shredded rotisserie chicken for this soup because you can save the other half of the shredded chicken for another meal (like enchiladas!)

    It also gives this dish so much more flavor!

    Our grocery store sells different flavored rotisserie chickens. I personally like the herbed roasted or the chimichurri.

    It’s totally fine if you can only find plain. It’s really only the exterior skin that has the “flavor” anyway.

    What if I don’t have a rotisserie chicken? Can I make this with chicken breasts?

    Yes! What I would do is cook the chicken breasts IN the soup for as long as it takes to cook them through then remove the chicken and shred it. Add it back into the soup after that.

    Can I use chicken thighs?

    You can but I don’t know if I’d shred them (they don’t shred as well as chicken breasts), I’d probably cube them.

    This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls!

    Can I use something other than hominy?

    You can use any of your favorite canned beans: great Northern beans, kidney beans, black beans, etc.

    Can I make this ahead of time?

    Yes! The flavors really get better and better.

    How does this freeze?

    I haven’t frozen this before but I think it would freeze well.

    This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls!

    How spicy is this?

    I am liking spicy more and more these days so I put an entire jalapeño into the soup so this was pretty kickin’!

    How do I make this less or more spicy?

    De-seed your jalapeño and don’t put seeds into the soup if you want it less spicy or just omit it.

    To make it spicier, add more jalapeños!

    Can I use regular diced tomatoes?

    Yes!

    What can I top this with?

    We topped ours with crushed up tortilla chips, avocados, and shredded cheese.

    This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls!

    Can I make this in the slow cooker?

    I think it would work; I have a slow cooker alternative here.

    Can I make this in the Instant Pot?

    You could, definitely. However, I know tomatoes are finicky in the Instant Pot.

    I would add everything into the Instant Pot then cook on the Soup setting for 30 minutes.

    Quick release.

    Remove the chicken and shred and add back into the soup.

    This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls! #soup #souprecipes #chicken #tortillasoup #chickenrecipes #soupfordinner #dinnerideas

    This chicken tortilla soup made on the stovetop is deliciously flavorful and spicy! You'll love how quickly it comes together and all the textures throughout the soup! The broth is SO good you'll be going back for more bowls! #soup #souprecipes #chicken #tortillasoup #chickenrecipes #soupfordinner #dinnerideas
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    Stovetop Chicken Tortilla Soup

    This stovetop chicken tortilla soup is a deliciously spicy and flavorful soup that you'll keep going back for more bowls!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Total Time: 45 mins
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
    Calories: 380kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (seeds included if you like things spicy, if not, de-seed and chop)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 1 cup water
    • 2: 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes (I used 1 can of fire-roasted and 1 can of regular)
    • Squeeze/juice of 1 lime
    • 1: 25 ounce can of hominy, drained
    • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
    • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken (add more, if desired)
    • Salt, to taste

    Instructions

    • In a large pot over medium high heat, add a bit of cooking oil then add the onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Sprinkle the spices on top then cook until slightly softened.
    • Add in the chicken stock, water, diced tomatoes, and juice of 1 lime.
    • Bring soup to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer on stove, covered, for 20 minutes.
    • After 20 minutes, add in the hominy, corn, chicken, and salt. Stir to incorporate then let simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes more.
    • Turn off the heat and divide into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Stovetop Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
    Calories 380 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 4g 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
    Protein 30g 60%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Liz says:

    Hi Julie! I don’t know if something changed on your site or on my computer/printer, but when I try to print this one, the “did you make this recipe” footer text overlaps the bottom of the instructions. It’s still relatively readable (and looks delicious!) so I can still use it, but figured it might be worth mentioning if there’s a formatting issue going on. :)

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hi Liz! Thanks for letting me know! I fixed it; should work for all recipes now that it won’t cover it up!

  • Wanda says:

    What could I use instead of hominy Julie?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hi Wanda, I actually talk about this in the post. Please find it under the heading above, “Can I use something other than hominy?”

  • Anthony says:

    Hi Juli this soup looks amazing! When I am adding th hominy do I drain it or add the liquid that it’s in? Thanks

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Drain the liquid

  • Jasmine says:

    This was the best god damn soup I have had in my LIFE. Serving it with avocado on top is a must. My husband hates soup, and even he loved it. I did it in the crock pot and it was a really easy transition.

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