Tortilla Soup

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  • beefsteak tomatoes
  • cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Ancho chile
  • Pasilla chiles
  • Spanish onions, cut in quarters and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons  canola oil
  • quarts chicken stock
  • bay leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon  ground cumin
  • medium carrot, medium diced
  • celery stalks, medium dice
  • Three  6-inch corn tortillas, torn into small pieces
  • whole chicken
  •   Salt, to taste

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by Manuel Trevino

While a few additional steps are needed for this soup, the results are well worth it. Roasted tomatoes and garlic, a spicy chile purée, and a tender braised chicken make this tortilla soup the perfect way to start a meal. 


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. 

Place the tomatoes and garlic cloves (with skin on) on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 

Roast for 20 minutes until the skins are slightly charred and blistered. Remove and allow to cool. Meanwhile, stem and seed the chiles. In a pan set over medium-high heat, press the chiles one at a time, on both sides, so they are slightly charred in spots and fragrant. Place the chiles in a bowl with hot water and soak for 20 minutes. 

Peel the blistered skin off the tomatoes and slip garlic from its skin. In a stock pot over medium-high heat, add the canola oil and onions and sweet the onions until transluscent. 

In a blender, purée the chilies, tomatoes, and garlic together; strain through a chinoise or fine-mesh strainger. Add to the sweated onions and alow to cook together for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the chicken stock and allow all to come to a strong simmer. Add in the cumin and tortillas. Taste for salt and add if desired. Drop in the whole chicken and bring back to a simmer. Add the diced carrot, celery, and bay leaf, season with salt. Allow to cook for 45 minutes at a slow simmer, skimming frequently, until the chicken is cooked through. When the chicken is done, remove it and allow it to cool. Shred the chicken meat and add back into the soup. Serve.


Calories per serving:

932 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 208g 321%
  • Carbs 198g 66%
  • Saturated 52g 258%
  • Fiber 25g 100%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 76g
  • Monounsaturated 93g
  • Polyunsaturated 46g
  • Protein 260g 520%
  • Cholesterol 776mg 259%
  • Sodium 7,139mg 297%
  • Calcium 442mg 44%
  • Magnesium 487mg 122%
  • Potassium 7,749mg 221%
  • Iron 22mg 124%
  • Zinc 19mg 127%
  • Phosphorus 2,630mg 376%
  • Vitamin A 1,608µg 179%
  • Vitamin C 131mg 219%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 138%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 5mg 275%
  • Niacin (B3) 116mg 579%
  • Vitamin B6 7mg 364%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 402µg 101%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 48%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 13mg 63%
  • Vitamin K 107µg 134%
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