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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe - poblano peppers, fresh cilantro, tangy lime and warm spices come together to make this belly warming soup a favorite in our house
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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

For this recipe you will need: Medium sized soup or stock pot,
Calories 2319kcal
Author Mommypotamus


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 poblano peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 18 oz whole peeled tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ jalapeno (seeded and finely diced - add more if you like spicier foods)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 - 3 tsp sea salt (start with 2 then check to see if more is needed)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 limes (juiced, plus wedges for garnish)
  • 3 ½ cups chicken (shredded and cooked)
  • ½ cup tightly packed cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or cojito cheese
  • tortilla chips (you can substitute grain-free tortilla chips or plantain chips)

Optional Garnishes

  • sour cream
  • avocado
  • cilantro (extra for garnish)
  • red onion (chopped)
  • green onion (chopped)
  • pico de gallo


  • In a wide-bottomed pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sautee until tender.
  • Add garlic, jalapenos, and poblano pepper. Sautee for another minute, then pour in the whole tomatoes. Chop them in to quarters using a spatula.
  • Stir in broth and tomato paste.
  • Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin and paprika.
  • Bring pot to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice, cilantro and shredded chicken.
  • Ladle soup into individual bowls and top with sliced avocado. Serve with cheddar cheese and tortilla chips/grain-free tortilla chips/plaintain chips and lime wedges.


Calories: 2319kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 146g | Fat: 143g | Saturated Fat: 70g | Cholesterol: 451mg | Sodium: 15714mg | Potassium: 4784mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 8179IU | Vitamin C: 324mg | Calcium: 1243mg | Iron: 19mg