Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Tortilla Soup is full of chunky vegetables, adding the corn starch thickens it up, giving the soup a creamy texture. Perfect soup for those cool Fall days!

Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup


2 c. cooked and shredded chicken breasts

8 c. chicken broth (reserved from cooking the chicken breasts)

3 pounds of diced tomatoes (or 2 large cans)

3 finely diced green chiles (or 2 cans)

1 jalapeno, sliced and finely chopped

2 large carrots, sliced into small chunks

1 stalk of celery, sliced into small chunks

1 clove of garlic, diced

2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped

1 tsp. Mexican tarragon

1 tsp. spicy basil (optional)

4 tbsp. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 c. corn starch

2 cans of whole corn or 6 ears, shaved

1 can of Black beans (optional)

salt and pepper (to taste)

For topping:

8 corn tortillas, cut up and fried in vegetable oil

sour cream

Mexican blend or cheddar cheese


Boil the chicken in a large stock pot, allow to cool. Reserve 8 cups of broth. Remove the skin and bones, and shred the chicken.

Chop vegetables, herbs and garlic. Add to chicken broth.

Add remaining ingredients (except for corn starch.) Heat to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to a medium simmer, cooking for 4 hours. Stir several times, so the vegetables don’t stick on the bottom of the pot.

Slice the corn tortillas into small strips. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan. Lightly fry the tortilla strips, and set aside.

Combine corn starch with a little bit of cold water, to form a thin paste. Increase heat and return to a boil. Slowly add the corn starch mixture to soup, continuously stirring. Allow the soup to boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Serve soup in bowls, topping with sour cream, tortilla strips, and cheese. (Other options include green onions, cilantro, and avocado).

Refrigerate any leftovers.


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Recipe courtesy of and posted by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Photo courtesy of Food NetworkSpecial thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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