Fire-Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup

July 01, 2020

Fire-Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe: Fire-Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup

Author: Allie Riebe, Happiness Team Member

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 30 minutes 

Makes: 6-8 servings

I love a good soup but grew up only eating it in Fall/Winter. When I lived in Nicaragua where the temps are pushing 90 every day, I was surprised to learn that hot soup is a typical daily meal for locals. Topped with cool & creamy sour cream and avocado, this soup can be enjoyed all year round :D 



  • 4 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 1 – 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (I use Fire-Roasted)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp or so of salt
  • ½ tsp of cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your preference for heat)
  • 4 cooked chicken breast halves, shredded or chopped (I used diced up rotisserie chicken for convenience) 

  • Hamama Micros (I recommend Spicy Radish or Zesty Mix)! 
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onion
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Mexican Hot Sauce
  • 2 corn tortillas, sliced thin and fried crisp (or sub broken up corn tortilla chips, easy peasy)!


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. 
  2. Add the diced tortillas, garlic, half of the cilantro, and onion, cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Add the tomatoes & bring to a boil.
  4. Add the cumin, chili powder, bay leaf, and chicken broth, and return to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat; add salt and cayenne and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Remove the bay leaf and stir in the cooked chicken and remaining cilantro; continue to simmer softly until chicken is warmed through.
  6. Ladle soup into serving bowls & garnish 

 Tip: if you’re going to make the soup earlier in the day, plan on it thickening up a little bit because of the starch in the corn tortillas. You may need to add a bit more chicken broth at the end to thin it out for serving.


Enjoy!!  Allie 

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