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By: Chef Laura Bonicelli

Tortilla Soup, with its spicy, smokey flavor, is a festive and beautiful soup. I included fresh corn tortillas with the recipe. They are delicious and worth the effort.

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Tortilla Soup

about Tortilla Soup with Homemade Corn Tortillas

I always order the Tortilla Soup whenever I’m in a Mexican restaurant. Most Mexican restaurants have a version on their menu. Generally, there are similarities in the recipes from place to place. Sometimes the soup is rich and satisfying; sometimes, the soup is bland and disappointing. I tried to capture all of the characteristics I love in this recipe. I knew I wanted a smokey heat quality to the broth, hence the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce and the sambal along with the chili powder, cumin, lemon pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. The base is a combination of chicken and beef stock and tomatoes. Even though the soup has chicken in it, you won’t think of it as “chicken soup”. Be sure to buy well-sourced organic chicken breasts. Tough chicken meat ruins the recipe.


putting Tortilla Soup with Homemade Corn Tortillas together

I can’t say enough about homemade corn tortillas. They are simple to make, and I promise you, you’ll skip the store-bought tortillas in the future. I bought my tortilla press years ago for $18. I don’t usually go in for specialty kitchen items, but I consider it essential. The press always makes perfectly round tortillas, and it’s fast. But you can hand-roll them as well. My favorite Masa Harina is the Bob’s Red Mill brand. Most stores carry it, or you can order it online. The flavor and texture are perfect!

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Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup with Homemade Corn Tortillas

© Chef Laura Bonicelli
Tortilla Soup, with its spicy, smokey flavor, is a festive and beautiful soup. I included fresh corn tortillas with the recipe. They are delicious and worth the effort.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish - Poultry, MM-Blue, Soups and Stews
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 363 kcal



  • 1 cup masa harina
  • hot tap water


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce minced
  • 1 4 1/2- ounce can green chilis


  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sambal


  • 1 15- ounce can Rega tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts -- cut into bite-sized cubes


  • 4 corn torilla strips
  • Monterey Jack cheese -- shredded
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • cilantro leaves whole
  • lime wedges



  • Put the masa in a small bowl. Add the water slowly into the dough, working with your hands until a ball forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for one hour. [Note: Make the soup while the dough is resting.]
  • While the soup is simmering, divide the dough into four balls. Press the balls into tortillas using a tortilla press or rolling with a rolling pin. Heat a dry skillet over high heat. Cook the first tortilla for 1 minute on the first side until the dough starts to look cooked on top. Flip and cook the tortilla for an additional minute. Remove to a plate. Cook the rest of the tortillas and cut them into strips. Set aside.


  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and both chilis. Sautè, stirring frequently, until the onion is transparent, 5 minutes.
  • Add the salt, sugar, lemon pepper, chili powder, cumin, and sambal. Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, using a wooden spoon to break them up. Add both stocks and the Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered.
  • Add in the diced chicken and cook for an additional 15 minutes, covered.
  • Serve each bowl topped with 4 tortilla strips, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, cilantro; add a lime wedge on the side.

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Calories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 23gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 1403mgPotassium: 1101mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 533IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 6mg
Keyword adobo chili, chicken, chipotle pepper, green chilis, masa harina
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