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Serves : 4
© Kelly Brisson

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add half the tortilla strips and cook, stirring, until pale golden, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining tortilla strips.

Step 2    

Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the onion, garlic, and spices; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the broth, tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, cilantro leaves, if using, and one-third of the tortilla strips. Bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes; remove the bay leaves.

Step 3    

In a blender, puree the soup in batches; pour it back into the pot. Add the chicken, bring the soup back to a simmer, and simmer until just cooked through, about 1 minute. Stir in the avocado.

Step 4    

To serve, put the remaining tortilla strips in bowls, top with the cheese, and pour in the soup. Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro, if using, and serve with the lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

A Rioja Reserva, with its complex combination of spicy, earthy, and fruity flavors, will echo the taste of the soup beautifully.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 3350

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Claudia D

Review Body: This soup turned out delicious! Definitely a new family favorite.  The only thing i did different was to serve the avocado as a garnish instead of stirring it in as instructed in step 3.  Also, use cooked chicken; the recipe is not clear on this but raw chicken will not cook in 1 minute when added in step 3.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-09

Author Name: Tom Ponder

Review Body: Very good added zucchini  to recipe. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-12-10

Author Name: lemony31

Review Body: This is one of my favorite recipes! I make it regularly for my family and for guests. The only things I have found and changed about the recipe are: I don't bother to fry the 1/3 of the tortilla strips that I add to the soup to thicken (saves a bit of time and calories from the oil) and if you use raw chicken (which I recommend, as the chicken soaks up more flavor being cooked in the soup) it will take more than 1 minute to simmer and cook all the way through. Highly recommend this!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-04-30

Author Name: seawasls

Review Body: Best tortilla soup recipe we've found! This is a favorite among family and friends. Very easy. Everyone we have served this to has made it - repeatedly.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-14

Author Name: TheJoeC

Review Body: This tortilla soup contains avocado? I'm curious as to what the effect of avocado to the soup.

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Date Published: 2017-01-26

Author Name: Valerie Gibson

Review Body: This recipe was fantastic! I made a full recipe and froze what was left. It's easy to crisp up some tortillas when reheating it. I used a rotisserie chicken , which worked out great but you don't even need the chicken if you don't have it. I'm going to make it again today!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-04-12

Author Name: Jeff6548

Review Body: Unless I am reading this wrong, it is instructing you to simmer raw chicken for one minute. This appears to be a recope for food poisoning!

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2017-01-27

Author Name: Shannon Russell

Review Body: No

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2016-10-21