Home > Soups & Stews > Chicken Tortilla Soup (In 20 Minutes!) Chicken Tortilla Soup (In 20 Minutes!) February 13, 2018 | 77 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. This Chicken Tortilla Soup boasts richer flavor than restaurant versions and can be ready in 20 minutes. It combines savory black beans, tender chicken, crispy corn, cheese, and is topped with crunchy tortilla strips. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal! Try some of our other favorite soups with similar flavor profiles like this Salsa Verde Chicken Soup, Crockpot White Chicken Chili, or Chicken Taco Chili. Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup Believe it or not, this soup is ready in just 20 minutes without compromising flavor. It’s not just a quick fix; it’s a rich, flavor-packed meal you’d be proud to share. Even as someone who often spends hours cooking, there are times we crave a speedy yet wholesome dish, like during flu season, which inspired this soup. It’s a cheesier twist on my site’s popular Chicken Chili and Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup, using rotisserie chicken and altered spices, delivering a homemade feel in a fraction of the time. Ingredients In Chicken Tortilla Soup Olive Oil: Used to sauté the onion and garlic, providing a base flavor. Diced Yellow Onion & Minced Garlic: These add aromatic depth to the soup. Red Enchilada Sauce & Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes: These contribute a spicy, tangy base to the soup, enhancing its character. Chili Beans, Black Beans & Corn: Add texture and heartiness to the soup, making it more filling. Chicken Stock: This is the liquid base of the soup that brings all the flavors together. Paprika, Ground Cumin, & Chili Powder: These seasonings give the soup its signature Mexican flavor profile. Cream Cheese: Adds creaminess to the soup and balances the spicy ingredients. Sharp Cheddar Cheese: Gives the soup a cheesy flavor and makes it richer. Rotisserie Chicken: Adds protein and makes the soup hearty. SHORTCUTS Still skeptical about 20-minutes? Let’s break it down! Soup Shortcuts Pre-chopped Produce: Use store-bought pre-diced onions or frozen diced onions along with jarred minced garlic to eliminate chopping. Rotisserie Chicken: Opt for pre-shredded rotisserie chicken or prep and shred chicken in advance for quick addition. Chicken Stock: Use quality chicken stock, like Swanson’s®, to enhance flavor and reduce added seasonings. Chicken broth is an alternative but might require extra salt. Read more about chicken stock vs. chicken broth here. How To Make Chicken Tortilla Soup Now that we’ve discussed short-cuts let’s do a quick breakdown of the process for making this soup. Sauté: In heated olive oil, sauté diced onion. As it cooks, open cans and rinse black beans. Then, sauté garlic briefly. Add Ingredients: Pour in enchilada sauce, beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock directly from their cans. Heat: Bring the soup to a boil, adding seasonings as it heats. Meanwhile, melt cream cheese and grate the other cheese. Finish: Whisk the melted cream cheese into the boiling soup. Remove from heat, stir in the grated cheese until melted, add rotisserie chicken, and serve! What To Serve With Chicken Tortilla Soup Chicken Tortilla Soup pairs well with a variety of sides and accompaniments. Here are some suggestions: Tortilla Chips: These can be crumbled on top or served on the side for added crunch. Avocado Slices or Guacamole: Adds creaminess and a refreshing contrast to the warm soup. Sour Cream: Provides a creamy tanginess that complements the spiciness of the soup. Lime Wedges: A squeeze of lime enhances the soup’s flavors. Fresh Cilantro: Can be sprinkled on top for a burst of fresh flavor. Black Bean Quesadillas or Bean Tostadas: Perfect for dipping into the soup. Italian Salad: A light salad with a tangy vinaigrette balances the richness of the soup. Spanish or Mexican Rice Recipe: Served on the side or even added to the soup for added heartiness. Cornbread or Drop Biscuits: A warm side to dip into the soup. Pinto Beans: Can be served on the side for additional protein and flavor. QUICK TIP To make your own baked tortilla strips: Slice 2-3 stacked tortillas into 1/2-inch strips. Place on a parchment-lined sheet, toss with oil, salt, and pepper. Bake until golden, turning once, about 7-10 minutes. Chicken Tortilla Soup FAQs1How Do I Thicken Chicken Tortilla Soup?As the soup cools, it thickens significantly. For a chili-like consistency, use only 2 cups of chicken stock. 2Can You Freeze Chicken Tortilla Soup?Yes, Chicken Tortilla Soup can be frozen. Ensure the soup is completely cooled before transferring it to airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Once sealed, store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat on the stove until warmed through. 3Can I Make This Recipe in the Crockpot?Yes, you can make Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Crockpot. Follow these steps: Add all ingredients except the cream cheese and cheddar cheese to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. About 30 minutes before serving, add in the softened cream cheese and stir until melted and incorporated. Before serving, stir in the freshly grated cheddar cheese until melted. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve hot. Note: Ensure the chicken is cooked through if not using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. More Quick and Easy Soup Recipes Easy Zuppa Toscana ready in 20 minutes! Chicken Parmesan Soup ready in 20 minutes! Easy Tomato Soup with canned tomatoes Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup made in the slow cooker Potato Corn Chowder with fresh pesto FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Chicken Tortilla Soup 4.92 from 34 votes - Review this recipe This Chicken Tortilla Soup boasts richer flavor than restaurant versions and can be ready in 20 minutes. It combines savory black beans, tender chicken, crispy corn, cheese, and is topped with crunchy tortilla strips. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chicken Tortilla Soup 4.92 from 34 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe This Chicken Tortilla Soup boasts richer flavor than restaurant versions and can be ready in 20 minutes. It combines savory black beans, tender chicken, crispy corn, cheese, and is topped with crunchy tortilla strips. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal! Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup Cuisine Mexican Keyword chicken tortilla soup Prep Time 20 minutes minutes Total Time 20 minutes minutes Servings 6 -8 servings Chelsea Lords Calories 634kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $11.73 Equipment5.5 quart pot (cast iron will heat quicker)Whisk Ingredients▢ 1 tablespoon olive oil▢ 3/4 cup diced yellow onion, optional -- See Note 1▢ 1 teaspoon minced (jarred) garlic▢ 1 can (10 oz.) red enchilada sauce (we use mild Old El Paso)▢ 1 can (14.5 oz.) fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles added in, undrained▢ 1 can (16 oz.) chili beans in mild sauce▢ 1 can (15.25 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed▢ 1-1/2 cups frozen corn (or 1 can drained corn)▢ 3 and 1/4 cups chicken stock (or broth) Note 2▢ 3/4 teaspoon each: paprika, ground cumin▢ 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chili powder▢ Fine sea salt and pepper▢ 4 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened▢ 1 package (8 oz.) sharp Cheddar cheese, freshly grated -- Note 3▢ 2 cups pre-shredded rotisserie chicken Note 4▢ Toppings of choice: tortilla strips, sour cream, avocado, fresh lime, pico de gallo, and fresh cilantro Note 5US - Metric USMetric InstructionsONION AND GARLIC: In a large pot over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Sauté onion for 3-4 minutes. While sautéing, prepare cans and rinse black beans. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. EVERYTHING ELSE IN: Turn the heat to high. Add the enchilada sauce, undrained tomatoes, chili beans, rinsed black beans, corn, and chicken stock. As it heats to a boil, mix in the cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt (about 1 teaspoon), and pepper (about 1/4 teaspoon). Stir well. CHEESES AND CHICKEN:Warm the cream cheese in the microwave until very soft. Once the soup is boiling, mix in the cream cheese until fully incorporated. Off the heat, stir in the grated Cheddar until melted, then stir in the rotisserie chicken. SERVE: Ladle soup into bowls, top with favorites like tortilla strips, sour cream, avocado, or cilantro, and enjoy!STORAGE/LEFTOVERS: Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on low heat. Avoid boiling or high temperatures to prevent curdling. For freezing, cool the soup fully, then transfer to freezer-safe containers. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat on low. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Onion and garlic: For a quick prep, use produce shortcuts like pre-diced onion or frozen diced onions, and jarred minced garlic. This eliminates the need for chopping. You can also skip the onion if preferred. Note 2: Chicken stock: A high-quality, flavorful stock adds loads of flavor and allows us to cut down on spices or other additions. We highly recommend Swanson’s® chicken stock. We like the chicken stock best in this chicken tortilla soup recipe, but chicken broth works fine as well (you may need a bit of extra salt). Note 3: Cheese: For the best texture, grate cheese from a block rather than using pre-grated. Pre-grated options have preservatives affecting melt quality. If you have a food processor with a grating attachment, it's quick and easy! Note 4: Rotisserie chicken. For quick prep, use pre-shredded rotisserie chicken. Alternatively, if you often meal prep, have shredded chicken on hand in the fridge or freezer for this soup. Note 5: Toppings: Toppings enhance this soup's flavor. Don't miss out on essentials like sour cream, fresh lime, and tortilla strips! Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 1748mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1391IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 429mg | Iron: 6mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? 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