Soup Season - Chicken Tortilla Soup

September 16, 2014

It's almost soup season here in Denver. Even though the days are still warm, the nights fall into the high-50's and it makes me crave soup! So, today I made my own version of Chicken Tortilla(less) Soup.  It was pretty easy, very spicy and perfect for the cool evening watching football. I know this looks like a long recipe, but I promise it was fairly easy and very good!

  • 3 pounds chicken breasts (I used two costco packs, and used 3 breasts) 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin 
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne 
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, diced (leave out the seeds if you don't want it hot) 
  • 1 serrano pepper, diced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 28oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped (Coti, don't use this!) 
  • avocado for garnish 
How to make: 
  1. Cook your chicken. I put the three breasts in a sauté pan covered with water and cooked for 25 minutes on medium heat. But you can cook it however you want, I just think this is a good way to get it nice and tender. 
  2. Shred the chicken. I use two forks. 
  3. Season the chicken with the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne powder. If you want this less spicy, cut out either the chili powder or the cayenne. 
  4. Set the chicken aside. 
  5. In a large dutch oven over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. 
  6. When hot, add the onions. Let the onions cook for about 4-6 minutes. 
  7. Add the garlic and the peppers, cook for about 2-3 minutes. 
  8. Pour in the chicken stock and fire roasted tomatoes and bring to a boil. 
  9. OPTIONAL STEP: If you want a thicker soup, take out half of the pepper/tomato/onion mix and blend it in a food processor or blender. Add it back. 
  10. Add the chicken, cilantro and lime juice to the boiling mixture. 
  11. Serve nice and hot with some avocado on top! 
  12. Enjoy! 
The onion/tomato/pepper mixture. Mix it good. 
The seasoned, shredded chicken.
The finished product! Enjoy! 


  1. Haha! The fact that you wrote for me not to add the cilantro because you know me so well just made my day!! This look so yummy! I will have to make it for Matt

  2. Looks so good! Will be making this!

  3. 3 Studies SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you actually get rid of fat by consuming Coconut Fat (also coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from big medical journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!


I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen