Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro

This weekend was a perfect time to make a cozy winter meal for the family, Bush’s Beans Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro. You should have heard the Mm-m-m’s and Ah-h-h’s around our table as I brought out the pot, with condiments of sour cream, cheese, and fresh cilantro on the side. Oh, and a big basket of yummy chips!

Since we’re trying to eat lighter now that the holidays are almost over, this recipe was perfect for a Saturday evening meal. We also decided that next time we make it, we’ll make brown rice or quinoa to make it last longer. Thank you, Bush’s Beans, for this fabulous recipe!

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro

I texted my kids, who were all in different places, that dinner was ready, and to bring their friends! This recipe feeds a crowd!

What I love about adding beans to a soup recipe is that they help make the meal healthier, and stretch it to feed more mouths.

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro

What makes the flavor pop is the fresh cilantro.

I’m not a cook that loves to run to the store, so a tip I’ve learned if you don’t have fresh herbs, reach for the dried herbs in the cupboard.

Tips on cooking with fresh herbs:

– 1 teaspoon of dried herb equals 1 tablespoon of fresh herb

– Both fresh and dried herbs enhance the flavor of a meal without adding any calories

– Add fresh herbs at the end of the cooking process to keep the bright, original color

– Add dried herbs at the beginning of the cooking process to intensify the flavor and blend with other ingredients

Seasoned with savory spices, including chili powder and cumin, and fresh cilantro, this zesty soup is sure to be your new family favorite, just like it is ours!

Do you think using fresh herbs add to a soup recipe? What’s your favorite herb to add?

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Add extra beans and quinoa or brown rice to stretch the meal!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans BUSH’S® Pinto Beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole tomatoes, mashed and undrained
  • 1 (12 ounce) can (jar) enchilada sauce
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Saute the onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients except cilantro and tortilla chips in a large pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes on low.
  4. Serve with fresh cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips.

Adapted from Bush's Beans recipe page.

This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans; but as always, all opinions are my own!

   

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14 Responses to “Chicken Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cilantro”

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    Logan — December 29, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    I think this is a perfect dinner dish. It takes not much to do and it taste so good. My grandmother makes this for me and she’s cooking is awesome.

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    Tieghan — December 29, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    This is one of my favorite soups, Sandy! Looks delicious! :)

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    Debi B — December 29, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    I love using cumin in my recipes, especially chili.
    Your recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try it this week. Thanks for sharing!

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    Julie Deily — December 29, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    I love this, Sandy! This looks so good and comforting!

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    Sheila @Eat2gather — December 29, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    My pantry is never with out beans! This soup looks perfect and comforting, great for a cold Michigan winter day ;)

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    Ashley M. | Our Full Table — December 29, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    One of my faves! Looks delicious!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 30, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    I just want to dive right in that bowl!

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    Kirstin — December 30, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I love soups and this one sounds yummy! My family has been sick so on (I don’t even know what day…I think Friday…haha) I made Chicken soup, adding some quinoa to it. So good!!! Just finished it last night. I love using fresh herbs when possible. Parsley is probably my usual one, but cilantro would be second.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 30, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Fresh herbs DEFINITELY add so much to soups, but I can’t pick a favorite. Each different soup deserves one or two different fresh herbs!! Lovely soup!

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    Megan | Country Cleaver — December 30, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    I’m all about quick and delish meals! I am working like mad and totally love the looks of this after a hard say at work!, cold weather comfort food !,

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    Shaina — January 3, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    What a delicious and hearty soup!

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    BestFoodMOM.com — January 6, 2014 @ 1:58 am

    really great recipe! thank you!

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    Denise — October 14, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    I have made this soup several times. It’s versatile, so if you don’t have green chili’s but you have a can of Rotel, substitute away. I use black beans or whatever I happen to have on hand. It turns out delicious every time.

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