Nearly Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nearly Famous Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 14 ounces ½ cans diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Bag of tortilla chips


  1. In a large stock pot, heat the oil over high. Add onions, 1/3 cup cilantro and garlic, sauté 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and spices, then bring to a boil.
  3. Add the broth, carrots and chicken. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook another 10-12 minutes.
  4. Stir in half the cheese and 1 cup crushed tortilla chips.
  5. Ladle into bowls and top with remaining cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh avocado, and more tortilla chip pieces. Serves 4+.
  6. This is a great recipe for leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. Just add it in at the very end to warm it up!

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