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:

924 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 52g 79%
  • Carbs 48g 16%
  • Saturated 13g 65%
  • Fiber 5g 22%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 23g
  • Polyunsaturated 12g
  • Protein 65g 130%
  • Cholesterol 194mg 65%
  • Sodium 1,797mg 75%
  • Calcium 108mg 11%
  • Magnesium 119mg 30%
  • Potassium 1,892mg 54%
  • Iron 5mg 30%
  • Zinc 5mg 32%
  • Phosphorus 652mg 93%
  • Vitamin A 344µg 38%
  • Vitamin C 47mg 78%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 35%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 63%
  • Niacin (B3) 29mg 144%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 86%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 97µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 12%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin K 28µg 35%
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