Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorite fall soup recipes. It’s creamy, it’s delicious, and it’s filled with all of my favorite Tex-Mex ingredients. This easy soup recipe is perfect for any night of the week, and it’s so easy to save and reheat later!

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup in a pot

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of the best soups ever! Make a batch of this hearty soup for simple dinners that everyone will love!

I love Chicken Tortilla Soup! It’s definitely a classic if you ask me, and it’s one of my favorite soups to make when it starts to get chilly outside. It’s filled with all of my favorite Tex-Mex ingredients, like cheese, beans, corns, tomatoes, and so much more. I’ve made an Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup and a Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup, but I think it’s about time I share a regular stove top recipe!

This Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is SO good. It’s made on the stove, so if you don’t have slow cookers and instant pots, don’t worry! I love the extra creamy texture of this recipe compared to regular chicken tortilla soup. It really adds something special and brings the flavor up a notch. It just makes this bowl of soup that much more comforting on a cold day!

Make this soup for dinner any night of the week and everyone will love it. Save any extra soup in the freezer and you can reheat it all season long!

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup has all of the Tex-Mex flavors you love mixed into one creamy, dreamy soup recipe that is perfect for fall and winter!

 

A pot of creamy chicken tortilla soup next to a bowl of soup

A bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup next to a large pot of soup

What’s in Chicken Tortilla Soup

This creamy chicken tortilla soup recipe has allllll of my favorite things. I’m a big fan of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, so of course this soup is a favorite. It’s loaded with everything I’d put in tacos or burritos, but in soup form!

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients:

  • Chicken Stock
  • Black Beans
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno
  • Chicken
  • Jalapenos
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Heavy Cream

In addition to those tasty ingredients, there are plenty of spices to add flavor, tortilla strips to add that crunch, and lots of extra toppings for serving (shredded cheese, sour cream, and avocado)!

A bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with sour cream, cheese, limes, and avocado

How to Make Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Make this delicious soup recipe with ease! Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is a simple process, easy enough to make any time. You can even make it ahead if time during weekend meal prep, and refrigerate or freeze it for another time.

  1. Crush tortilla chips and chop up veggies according to the ingredient list, & set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. Add onions to the pot and cook 3 minutes, then add jalapenos and cook for 1 more minute, then add garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
  4. Pour in chicken broth, corn, beans, tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips, & spices and reduce heat.
  5. Place whole chicken breasts into the pot and let the soup simmer for 20 minutes (chicken will cook through during this time).
  6. Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and shred the meat, then return shredded chicken to the pot.
  7. Stir in the lime juice and heavy cream, and cook until fully heated through.

When ready to serve, just make a big bowl and add in your favorite toppings. We love using shredded cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream, and avocado! Check the recipe card for more detailed instructions.

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A bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup topped with avocado, cheese, and sour cream

Is chicken tortilla soup healthy?

This creamy chicken tortilla soup is relatively good for you. Healthy means something different to everyone, but it’s filled with veggies, beans, and chicken so it is a nice whole meal. It’s also not too bad calorie-wise. However, if you really want a healthy version, check out our Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe instead!

How do you make chicken tortilla soup creamy?

There’s no water in this recipe to thin things out. We’re just using chicken stock for the liquid, which really adds a nice thickness to the soup. At the end stir in heavy cream to really add in the creamy texture!

Bowls of chicken tortilla soup on a blue and white striped dish towel

Make this Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup your new go-to soup recipe this fall and winter season! It’s soooo creamy and so absolutely delicious. Freeze a batch of it so you can grab it and reheat it any time you’re craving this tasty soup.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup. Enjoy!

 

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4.5 from 20 votes
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorite fall soup recipes. It's creamy, it's delicious, and it's filled with all of my favorite Tex-Mex ingredients. This easy soup recipe is perfect for any night of the week, and it's so easy to save and reheat later!
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorite fall soup recipes. It's creamy, it's delicious, and it's filled with all of my favorite Tex-Mex ingredients. This easy soup recipe is perfect for any night of the week, and it's so easy to save and reheat later!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken tortilla soup, creamy chicken tortilla soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 331 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
For the Soup
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 jalapenos diced
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 14.5 ounce fire roasted diced tomatoes w/green chilies
  • 1 11 ounce can corn
  • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper red pepper flakes, optional
  • 3 tablespoons crushed corn tortilla chips
  • 3 chicken breasts or 3 cups cubed rotisserie chicken meat
  • 2 limes; 1 juiced and 1 cut into wedges for serving
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
For Serving:
  • Favorite shredded Mexican cheese
  • Corn tortilla chips or strips
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro chopped
  • Fresh avocado slices
  • Lime wedges
  • Jalapeno slices
Instructions
For the Soup:
  1. Crush enough tortilla chips to make 3 tablespoons and set aside.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat, and add the vegetable oil.
  3. Add onions and cook 3 minutes or until softened and translucent.
  4. Add jalapenos and cook an additional 1-minute.
  5. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  6. Pour in the chicken broth, tomatoes, corn, beans, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper and crushed corn tortilla chips.
  7. If using chicken breasts, add them now and reduce the heat to low.
  8. Simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  9. Remove chicken breasts and use two forks to shred. Transfer the shredded chicken back into the pot. (If using chopped rotisserie chicken, add it now.)
  10. Add lime juice and heavy cream. Stir well and season with salt & pepper. Cook until heated through.
To Serve:
  1. Ladle soup into serving bowls and sprinkle with shredded cheese, corn tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.
  2. Serve a wedge of lime and a few slices of avocado.
  3. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 413mg 17%
Potassium 849mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 22.3%
Calcium 9.3%
Iron 18.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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