Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe

August McLaughlin
- October 20, 2017

A Simple Mexican Soup That Eats Like a Meal

Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe

This simple tortilla soup can warm your family’s bodies and souls after a long day of work or school. Rich in protein, fiber and vegetables, it’s hearty and healthy enough to eat as a main course, and it takes only 10 minutes to prep the ingredients.

Make a batch for a last-minute dinner—it takes only 30 minutes in all—or double the recipe and freeze half to store in airtight containers for a later meal. If your kids enjoy helping in the kitchen, allow them to choose the garnishes, from cilantro sprigs and avocado slices to plain or grilled and seasoned tortilla strips plus a dollop of sour cream.

Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • ½ white or yellow onion, diced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about half of a lime)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • avocado for garnish, if desired
  • tortilla strips for garnish, if desired
  • sour cream for garnish, if desired


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion, sauteing it for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic, and continue sauteing for another minute or two.
  4. Carefully add the broth, enchilada sauce, crushed tomatoes, beans, corn, chili powder and pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Once the mixture begins to simmer, turn the heat down to low, letting it cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the shredded chicken, lime juice and chopped cilantro, then remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Serve the soup warm and garnished with fresh cilantro sprigs, avocado slices, tortilla strips and a touch of sour cream, as desired.


  • For an extra-lean soup, use shredded chicken breasts.
  • For a not-too-spicy soup, use mild enchilada sauce. For zestier soup, go for medium. You can also prepare it mild, then serve hot sauce or peppers on the side for the spice-lovers in your clan.
  • For a heartier feast, serve the soup with a fresh vegetable salad, tortilla chips, salsa and rice and beans. To save time, use a rice-and-beans mix, which can cook while you complete the soup.
  • To turn the meal into a fiesta, make nonalcoholic sangria by combining cranberry juice, orange juice, the juice of one lemon and diced fruit, such as pears, pineapple and apples. Serve it over ice.

About the Author

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine, LIVESTRONG.com and more. augustmclaughlin.com