• Chef Celeste Gustafson

Classic Chicken Tortilla Soup

Updated: Mar 26

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Tortilla Soup is a staple of my childhood.

It's a popular Mexican dish known and loved throughout the world, and it's absolutely bursting with flavor. The root vegetables in our recipe add richness and a bit of sweetness to the traditional Mexican dish, and the smoky Ancho Chile powder really brings everything together in a dish that makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

It truly is comfort food.


  • 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tsp. whole cumin seeds

  • 2 tsp. salt

  • 2 tbsp. ancho chili powder

  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 4 tsp. ground cumin

  • 4 tsp. ground coriander

  • 6 cloves garlic pressed

  • 2 onions diced medium

  • 2 carrots chopped

  • 4 medium zucchini or yellow squash

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts cubed small

  • 1 can diced tomatoes 28oz.

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 limes juiced

  • 1 cup cilantro chopped small

  • Tortilla Strips/Chips

Instructions - Yield 12 servings

  1. In a large dry pot, toast cumin seeds on medium high until they are fragrant.

  2. Immediately add oil and sautee carrot and onion until soft.

  3. Add garlic and spices and cook 1 min.

  4. Add tomatoes and water and bring soup to a boil.

  5. Cook about 10 min, then add zucchini and chicken breasts.

  6. Continue cooking 6-8 min, until cooked through. Pour out to cool.

  7. Add lime juice, top with cilantro, and serve with tortilla strips, cheese, avocado, and whatever else your heart desires!


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