Simmer a pot of spicy Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup on the stove, made with fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, chicken, corn, cheese, and favorite toppings!

oval pot of chicken tortilla soup with black beans, corn, served with salsa, sour cream, lime, tortilla chips

Our friends came for a visit this weekend. Do you know how lovely it was to have people in our home? When they arrived at noon, guess what I had made for lunch? A delicious Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup!

And friends, I want to tell you about my new book out this year, Big Boards for Families! You can preorder it now! 

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I love an easy soup recipe you can quickly make and simmer on the stove. Taco or tortilla soup is also a dish that everyone loves, because you can set out different toppings, and everyone makes their own. You can serve whole tortilla chips on the side, or crunch them up in a bowl for a topping!

Of course, the cheese is optional, but the last step before serving is you add in cheese, melt, and stir.

We used Cabot’s Wickedly Habanero and it’s spicy … so one option is to use a milder cheese in the soup, and then serve the spicy cheese on the side!

oval pot of chicken tortilla soup

Cheesy comfort soup

The cheesy comfort flavors of this soup we enjoy any time of year. It’s a great recipe to have simmering on the stove for a weeknight dinner or for a casual gathering!

There is so much depth and flavor in each bowl, your guests are going to want to have a second, I promise!

We made it in our new LeCreuset Oval Dutch Oven – I’m obsessed with this new Persimmon color! [affiliate link]

chicken tortilla soup with corn

This past weekend, I really looked forward to a weekend of slowing down, enjoying nature, and eating outside with our friends. This summer, I really believe more of us will be eating outside if we can!

Lunch on the patio, dinner on the lower deck, and we’re even doing a little tailgating (details coming soon), in our Sprinter van!

big chunk of chicken on a spoon of chicken tortilla soup

Ingredients for Tortilla Soup:

  • Olive oil, onion, and garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Black beans
  • Canned or fresh corn
  • Cumin and dried oregano
  • Chicken breasts
  • Cheese

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Can I make Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crock pot?

Yes! Also try my simple Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup! You can also make Chicken Enchilada Soup in the Instant Pot.

Also, delicious tortilla soup toppings:

  • Cheese (we used Cabot’s Wickedly Habanero)
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Tortilla chips, crunched

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Are you enjoying a season of slowness?

Or are you anxious about getting back into the routine of “busy” as most states are opening up now?

I hope “busy” doesn’t sneak back into our lives!

close up of chicken tortilla soup with black beans and corn

One thing we’ve learned is that relationships more than ever mean the world to us!

So it’s going to be tricky as we settle into a new normal.

blue and green colors of Devil's Lake, OR

For now, this soup is comforting and delicious, and a great reicpe to make easy hosting!

And a few days of hiking around central Oregon! (above photo … Devil’s Lake!)


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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Optional to make the soup with whole chicken breasts (that you will shred), or to use a quick 2 cups of Rotisserie chicken!


Soup ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 15 ounce cans fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 whole chicken breasts, or 2-3 cups Rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 2 cups Cabot Cheese, use your favorite flavor
  • Salt and pepper

Toppings (optional):

  • Cheese
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Tortilla chips


  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring until soft, about 3 minutes. Add to the pot the remaining soup ingredients (including whole chicken breasts if using). Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook the soup on simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the pot and shred, and put back into the pot. Or at this time add rotisserie chicken if you are using. Add 2 cups of cheese. Cook for additional 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste!
  • To serve, ladle into bowls, dividing evenly. Serve with toppings and enjoy!


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