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Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe with Hatch Chiles

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe has the most flavorful broth you will ever try. The trick is pureeing the tomatoes, onions, and garlic for maximum flavor.

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hatch Chiles and tortilla strips on top, with a dish of chopped cilantro in the background

My apologies if you’re all hatch-chile-ed out but my obsession with hatch chile recipes just cannot be stopped. I love this Chicken Tortilla Soup so much it’s ridiculous.

I was telling a friend the other day, just after I made this, that I like all of my recipes (of course, they’re mine, right?) but there are some that I just love so much that I want to make them again and again and again.

Chicken Tortilla Soup isn’t normally something that gets me excited, either. But I could eat this every day and be perfectly happy doing so. I still have about a bowl’s worth left and that’s going to be lunch today. Then I’m going to cry – or just make another batch.

What is Tortilla Soup?

It’s a classic Mexican soup with a tomato-broth base and thickened using fresh tortillas. To make a quicker version, the corn tortillas can be omitted and you’ll get a more brothy soup. I’ve included instructions in the recipe below for both options.

How to make Chicken Tortilla Soup?

It can be made in a snap with canned tomatoes, corn, and chiles, so go ahead and use those shortcuts if you’re in a time crunch. To make the best tortilla soup, you’ll want to broil and char the tomatoes, saute the garlic and onion, add the chicken stock and broiled tomatoes and blend it all into a thick puree.

That’s how you’re going to get amazing flavor without much effort! After that, it’s just a matter of adding the remaining ingredients then letting it all simmer together to allow the flavors to pop.

Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe with tortilla strips on top, with a dish of chopped cilantro in the background and two spoons

This Chicken Tortilla Soup just has so much flavor. Pureeing the tomatoes, garlic and onions make for a very tasty broth that’s more than just the seasoned chicken broth in most chicken tortilla soup recipes.

The soup still has a chunky texture and the tortilla chips on the top add a nice crunch. Just like my other hatch chile recipes, you can easily substitute poblanos or anaheims for the hatch chiles if you don’t have any on hand.

What to serve with Chicken Tortilla Soup?

This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe goes really well with some warm, crusty bread. Or just munch on more tortilla chips! Creamed corn would be delicious, as would sweet corn cake! Both would balance out the spiciness of the soup. I’ve also served it with Baked Potato Wedges. It’s very filling, so you don’t really need anything at all!

Tip: I made my own corn tortilla chips by cutting corn tortillas into small rectangles then baking them for approximately 15 minutes at 375F, stirring halfway through (single layer on a baking sheet). Store-bought tortilla chips will also work or just omit them if you prefer.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hatch Chiles and tortilla strips on top, with a dish of chopped cilantro in the background

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hatch Chiles

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

If you prefer a thicker soup, add corn tortillas to the soup (see recipe below).

Hatch chiles are the preferred chile for this recipe, but you can use any green chile of your preference.

Ingredients

  • 4 large summer tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 32- ounce box reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 hatch chiles, roasted, stemmed and seeded, then diced
  • 4 cups shredded chicken, or as much as one whole rotisserie chicken
  • 4-5 corn tortillas, torn into large strips (optional; see step 4 below)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • toppings: sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, chopped cilantro, avocado

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler. Slice tomatoes in half then place cut side down onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, season with salt. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the skins are starting to blacken.
  2. Preheat a dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining olive oil then add onions, cooking for about five minutes or until starting to soften. Add garlic and cumin, cook for another minute or two, stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomatoes and their juices to pan. Pour in chicken broth and stir well. Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, then blend the mixture well with a hand blender (alternatively you can pour the mixture into a blender in batches then pour back into the pot). Stir in the shredded chicken and roasted chiles.
  4. For the quick version: Allow it to simmer for another 10-15 minutes. For the longer version: Add the corn tortillas at this point and allow it to simmer for about 1 hour, or until the tortillas have disintegrated and "melt" into the soup.
  5. Stir in the chopped cilantro and ladle the soup into bowls. Add toppings as desired and serve immediately.

Notes

Note: Nutrition facts do not account for toppings and do include the corn tortillas.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 614mgCarbohydrates: 21gNet Carbohydrates: 15gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 42g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Valentina Rossi

Sunday 9th of September 2018

this was great...i used a can of fire roasted tomatoes instead of fresh, and added roasted corn and black beans as well as toasted (baked) tortilla strips. Finished with lime and queso fresco. I roasted a ton of hatch chiles, so i'm not sure how many i chopped and used, but might have been more than 4. It's a great template.

Char

Tuesday 27th of December 2016

Hiya, can I sub canned diced tomatoes for the fresh ones? I'm trying to use up ingredients I already have on hand .

Kristy Bernardo

Saturday 7th of January 2017

Hi Char, sorry for my late reply, this comment was in my spam folder for some reason. Yes, absolutely!

becky

Saturday 20th of August 2016

after you blacken the tomatoes, do you remove the skins? also, are hatch peppers about the same degree of hotness as poblanos?

becky

Saturday 20th of August 2016

after you blacken the tomatoes, do you remove the skins? also, are hatch peppers about the same degree of hotness as poblanos?

Kristy Bernardo

Sunday 28th of August 2016

Hi becky, publishing your comments but have already replied via email so you should be good to go!

Laura Retzlaff

Monday 15th of August 2016

Do you have a suggestion on what to substitute for the cilantro? My family detests cilantro and its used in so many mexican recipes. Please HELP! lol Thank you!

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 18th of August 2016

Hi Laura, you could use parsley or simply omit it altogether. Thanks!

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