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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Southwestern Chicken Soup is a spicy chicken tortilla soup that is an authentic Mexican Soup. It’s our best Chicken tortilla soup recipe with anchos.

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We lean towards a Tex-Mex kitchen here at the Ranch.  Some people say Southwestern recipes but either one would describe it.    And this spicy Mexican Chicken tortilla Soup is one of our favorite cold-weather recipes and uses those much loved sweet and smoky dried ancho chiles.

 And if you are not familiar with Ancho Chiles then it’s time to get acquainted.   An Ancho Chile is a dried poblano chile which is one of the sweetest of all the chiles used in Tex-Mex cooking.

These Ancho chiles don’t bring a lot of heat to this Mexican soup but they add an amazing smoky spicy flavor.   Ancho chiles are used in an authentic mole, tamales, and some enchilada sauces.    And we use them to make the rich red sauce in this soup.  Mexican food varies according to location so the term “authentic” can differ for different folks in different areas.

We used jalapeños to bring a little “heat” and spice to our best Chicken tortilla soup recipe.   So just a heads up with the jalapeños, add according to your family’s heat tolerance.


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Even though this spicy chicken tortilla soup has crunchy corn tortilla strips on top, we also serve flour tortillas on the side.   And none of this amazing red sauce goes to waste when it is sopped up with a hot fluffy flour tortilla. 

Note:  Use a tortilla keeper like this to keep those flour tortillas soft and hot.

We hope you enjoyed chasing away the chills today with this bowl of smoky spicy chicken tortilla soup.  And getting familiar with our favorite Mexican Chiles, the Ancho.   They make this the absolutely best Mexican soup.



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How to make our Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Southwest Chicken Soup loaded with Chicken, hominy and tortilla strips in an ancho chile sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Keyword: Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe, Southwestern Soup, Spicy Soups
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Put ancho chiles into a bowl and cover with boiling water, let set for 30 minutes. Remove stems and seeds and chop.
  • Meanwhile, place chicken breasts in water over medium-high heat  and boil until done, remove and shred with two forks
  • Heat oil in a dutch oven, add onions, jalapenos, ancho chiles and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth and heat
  • Add cumin and chicken broth base, and salt and bring to boil
  • Add shredded chicken and hominy and allow to simmer on low for 30 minutes, add cilantro
  • Meanwhile, cut tortillas into strips using a sharp pizza cutter
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place tortilla strips on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake until just brown and crisp approximately 5-6 minutes
  • Serve soup topped with strips of tortillas, feta cheese and Mexican oregano or more cilantro to taste


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1773mg | Potassium: 1146mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4823IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg




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