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This hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup is super flavorful, filled with delicious chicken, tomatoes, peppers, black beans and garnished with crispy tortilla chips and avocado.

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Since I have not been the nicest thing to come near your waistline these past few days, tempting you with Oatmeal Chocolate-Covered Raisin Cookies and Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha, today I decided to share a little somethin’ on the lighter side.

If pasta holds the number ONE spot for most requested foods in this house, then soup comes to a very, very close second. And it doesn’t have to be 45 degrees out, or less. Oh no. It can be 95 degrees and my husband will still ask me to make soup.

I can’t blame the dude. I make killer soups. I DO! 

This Chicken Tortilla Soup has been on rotation for the past 3 years – we can’t get enough of it!

Chicken Soup Diethood Chicken Tortilla Soup

The collection of soups on my blog isn’t too extensive, and nowhere near the amount of soup recipes that I come up with, but the few that are on here are pretty much the bestest…est.

There’s that Roasted Tomato Soup – INCREDIBLE! Then the Slow Cooker Leek and Potato Soup – which, by the ways, was featured on OPRAH.COM! Boooyah! I also have a Slow Cooker French Onion Soup on here – AHmazing!

All this soup-making has a lot to do with the fact that I love to just sit above the stove and stir on… I also pretend like I’m SO busy with the soup (because I don’t wanna be bothered during that quiet time in the kitchen), thus I stand there even longer not doing anything, just stirring. And enjoying the smell of all the goodness that I’ve put in the pot.

Know what the secret is to a great soup? Homemade stock. That’s all. Chicken stock, or veg stock, or beef stock… so long as you made it. That’s the key. Ask your mom. I bet you 500 BUCKS (internetS money) she will agree.

Tortilla Soup Diethood Chicken Tortilla Soup

And, without further ado, I present to you comfort food in a bowl. Rock on!


 Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
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This hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup is super flavorful, filled with delicious chicken, tomatoes, peppers, black beans and garnished with crispy tortilla chips and avocado.
Serves: Serves 6
  • 1-pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into thin rounds
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley or cilantro
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups fresh diced tomatoes or 1 can (15-ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15-ounces) black beans
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips
  • Avocado Slices
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a large mixing bowl and season with garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, parsley and olive oil; mix until well combined.
  3. Transfer chicken breasts to a baking dish in one layer.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.
  5. In the meantime, work on the soup.
  6. Heat olive oil and butter in large soup pot over medium-low heat.
  7. Add onions, carrots and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
  9. Stir in peppers and garlic and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, or until peppers are tender.
  10. Take out the cooked chicken and cut it into cubes.
  11. Transfer chicken cubes to the soup pot.
  12. Stir in tomatoes and black beans.
  13. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  14. Turn down to a simmer and continue to cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  15. Taste for salt and pepper.
  16. Garnish with tortilla chips and avocado slices.
  17. Serve.
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  1. Carrian October 7, 2013 at 7:56 AM - Reply

    This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try this on a cold night!

  2. mjskit October 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    What a fabulous soup and perfect for the chilly weather we had move in last night. This would warm me up!

  3. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) October 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM - Reply

    I eat soup year round too and I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Maria | Pink Patisserie October 3, 2013 at 12:26 PM - Reply

    This is such a beautiful bowl of goodness. I agree with you on the homemade stock too! It’s pure gold!

  5. Ramona October 3, 2013 at 5:58 AM - Reply

    This is my kind of soup!! I know it would be a two bowler for me. :)

  6. Kiran @ October 3, 2013 at 12:56 AM - Reply

    I could never resist a delicious homemade chicken tortilla soup!! Yum!

  7. Terra October 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM - Reply

    Oh soups, Fall, cool weather all make me happy! Your recipe really sounds delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  8. Rose October 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM - Reply

    Great job Kate.
    One of my favorite.
    Avocado in my soup ..mhhh :)

  9. Emily @ Life on Food October 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM - Reply

    This is one of my favorite soups. I love the big chunks of chicken, veggies and especially the avocados.

  10. A_Boleyn October 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM - Reply

    I love chicken tortilla soup though I thicken mine with the toasted corn tortillas. It’s amazing how they break down and give texture to the soup.

    I’m definitely going to have to give black beans a try. Your brothy version is so colourful.

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook October 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM - Reply

    I always want to make chicken tortilla soup and after seeing this I know that I really really want to give it a try very soon. Looks so good! My hands and feet start to feel cold and this is so inviting and comforting!

  12. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM - Reply

    Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites, this looks great!

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    Soup is my favorite savory meal in the fall – this looks like a warm bowl of comfort!

  14. Valerie October 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    Kitchen quiet time is priceless. ;)
    Love this soup, super-cosy!

  15. Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks October 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM - Reply

    Beautiful fall soup – love the avocado!

  16. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM - Reply

    The perfect dish for a chilled evening! I am so sharing it!

  17. Sandra October 2, 2013 at 7:02 AM - Reply

    Gosh I haven’t had this in a long time and yours looks super inviting. Guess what we’re having soon!

  18. Gintare @Gourmantine October 2, 2013 at 5:48 AM - Reply

    Oh, this is wonderful for this time of the year, now that the evenings are getting colder and colder!

  19. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 2, 2013 at 2:56 AM - Reply

    This soup looks so cozy and comforting! I’m sure it’ll be on rotation at our house too!

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