Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup
Staff Writer
Tortilla Soup

Hotel Matilda

Tortilla Soup

At trendy Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, executive chef Jorge Boneta has a best-selling dish on the menu that’s a year-round favorite at the hotel — Hotel Matilda Tortilla Soup.

For chef Boneta, his tortilla soup is an expression of his culinary persona — his lifelong passion for cooking shaped early on by an intimate family life that centered around the kitchen and good food, extensive travel in Mexico to hone his knowledge of the varied and unique cuisines of the different regions of the country, and professional experience at several of Mexico’s leading resorts. 

Translation: His Hotel Matilda Tortilla Soup is the way Mexican foodies prepare tortilla soup at home!


Heat 3 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a pot over low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium and add the tomatoes; cook for about 7 minutes. Add the chicken stock, tortilla chips, tomato paste, and powdered chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Test the oil with 1 tortilla strip — if the oil sizzles as soon as the tortilla strip is dropped, add the remaining strips in batches.

Fry until lightly browned, and remove with a pair of tongs to drain on paper towels. Next, add the chile and cook until crisp, just 2-3 seconds on all sides. Remove from heat, let cool, and chop.

Remove the soup from heat and let cool. Put the soup in a blender and blend it very well. Transfer the soup back to the pot and reheat. Serve garnished with the tortilla strips, pasilla chile, avocado, crème fraîche, cilantro, and pork rinds, if using.


Calories per serving:

333 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 40 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 18 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 464 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 95 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 2 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 23 µg
  • Ash 1 g
  • Beta-sitosterol 42 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 62 mg
  • Campesterol 17 mg
  • Carotene, beta 70 µg
  • Choline, total 12 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 1 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 5 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 9 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 3 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 3 g
  • Fluoride, F 29 µg
  • Folate, DFE 8 µg
  • Folate, food 8 µg
  • Folate, total 8 µg
  • Iron, Fe 1 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 3 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 49 mg
  • Niacin 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 131 mg
  • Potassium, K 133 mg
  • Retinol 86 µg
  • Selenium, Se 3 µg
  • Sodium, Na 295 mg
  • Starch 35 g
  • Stigmasterol 11 mg
  • Sugars, total 1 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 5 mg
  • Water 14 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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