Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup
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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:

1,160 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 68g 105%
  • Carbs 48g 16%
  • Saturated 18g 88%
  • Fiber 5g 22%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 30g
  • Polyunsaturated 15g
  • Protein 85g 170%
  • Cholesterol 276mg 92%
  • Sodium 2,010mg 84%
  • Calcium 121mg 12%
  • Magnesium 141mg 35%
  • Potassium 2,099mg 60%
  • Iron 6mg 35%
  • Zinc 6mg 41%
  • Phosphorus 814mg 116%
  • Vitamin A 389µg 43%
  • Vitamin C 49mg 81%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 39%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 70%
  • Niacin (B3) 36mg 181%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 105%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 104µg 26%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 18%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 30µg 37%
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