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Southwest Chicken Tortilla Soup

Bring a bit of the Southwest to your table with this spirit-warming soup. Loaded with tender chicken, diced tomatoes and plenty of seasonings, it's sure to be requested again and again.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • Tortilla chips, optional


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first six ingredients; bring to a boil. Add chicken. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into soup.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Top servings with cheese and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 183 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 752mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

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  • dvierzen
    Jan 15, 2018

    Delicious and easy! I added corn and a can of refried beans.

  • grandmascooking22
    Apr 26, 2016

    No comment left

  • Moonbeam81
    Jan 8, 2015

    Great recipe! I added black beans and red chile powder to kick up the heat.

  • petras6
    May 3, 2014

    Tasty soup I made in a pinch when I realized I was out of an ingredient for another soup. The kids and hubby loved this one! Followed recipe as written with only the addition of some green Chiles since I did not have Mexican diced tomatoes.

  • jillibean222
    May 2, 2013

    Delicious! Very flavorful! I used diced tomatoes with green chilis. I also added black beans and corn. The sweet corn was a nice contrast to the spicy heat! Very quick and easy.

  • Melissa37
    Dec 30, 2012

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  • kafaughn
    Mar 5, 2012

    Added 1 can of black beans, a chopped yellow pepper and 1 cup of frozen corn. Topped with shredded cheese, avocado and a little sour cream. Very good!

  • trishtheturk
    Mar 1, 2012

    Squeeze a lime on top and taste the flavor come alive! I added Corn and Black beans as well.. Yummy Yummy! Ill make it over and over!

  • william076
    Feb 12, 2012

    this is the best recipe for chicken soup i have made this ten times

  • MsDeb01
    Jan 21, 2012

    Love this recipe.