Nearly Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nearly Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup



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Prep Time

Prep: 15m

Cook Time

Cooking: 15m

Total Time

Total: 30m


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil,
  • 1 small onion; chopped,
  • 2⁄3 cup fresh cilantro; chopped,
  • 3 minced garlic cloves,
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes,
  • 4 cups chicken broth,
  • 3⁄4 tablespoon cumin,
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon chili powder,
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper,
  • 1 -2 bay leaf,
  • 2 carrots; thinly sliced,
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts; halved and thinly sliced,
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt,
  • pepper,
  • 1⁄2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese,
  • 1 -2 avocado; diced,
  • 16 ounces tortilla chips


In a large stock pot, heat the oil over high. Add onions, 1/3 cup cilantro and garlic, sauté 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and spices, then bring to a boil.

Add the broth, carrots and chicken. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 10-12 minutes.

Stir in half the cheese and 1 cup crushed tortilla chips.

Ladle into bowls and top with remaining cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh avocado, and more tortilla chip pieces. Serves 4+.

*This is a great recipe for leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. Just add it in at the very end to warm it up!