Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup is a knock-off from the famous soup recipe at Tommy Bahamas. Get ready to lick your bowl.
Chicken Tortilla Soup - A knock-off from the famous soup at Tommy Bahamas. We were licking our bowls. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

I’ve been on an avid search for the perfect Chicken Tortilla soup. I’m talking I’ve made three different Chicken Tortilla soup recipes in the past week and a half because I just didn’t find one that I loved.

That says a lot considering I can go an entire month without repeating a meal once. My family is officially sick of it, not to mention my husband said they’ve also been serving it at work a couple of times too. But we all agree that this is the one.

Now don’t confuse Chicken Tortilla soup with Chicken Chili that is thick and chunky with beans and other goodies in there.

I have a really good Chicken Taco Soup recipe and White Chicken Chili recipe if that’s what your looking for. But to me, a Chicken Tortilla soup recipe is chicken broth based that has a few simple ingredients.

Thanks to my friend Rachael for giving me this recipe which is supposedly a knock off from the Tommy Bahamas restaurant.

I know it may not look like much but it has a really deep flavor. I started taste testing it and couldn’t stop kind of flavor.

Start by coarsely chopping some onions, green pepper, and garlic. I was extra lazy when chopping so these are REALLY coarsely chopped.

Sautee the veggies in some oil and butter. The butter gives it flavor but the oil has a higher burning temperature allowing you to cook the veggies longer without burning them. See how the edges are just starting to brown. Brown = flavor.

Next, cut some corn tortillas up and throw those in with some spices. You can’t have tortilla soup without tortillas.

Right about here your kitchen will smell like fajitas. You might think about stopping here to just eat this. But don’t. It gets better.

Add some chicken broth and simmer away.

Then you’re going to blend the entire soup. I really wish I had an immersion blender but instead I used my blender in two batches. Be careful. Hot soup is…well hot.

Rotisserie chicken is the only way to go here. It’s perfectly moist and flavorful. Add some to your blended soup.

Then garnish with slices of avocado, sour cream, cilantro, and lime. You can even add some cut corn tortillas to the soup and let them hang out until they’re soft. Chicken Tortilla Soup - A knock-off from the famous soup at Tommy Bahamas. We were licking our bowls. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}Yum.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
22 hrs
Cook Time
22 hrs
Servings: 6 -8 servings
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions roughly chopped (about 2½ cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 5 small 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into small pieces (about 1¼ cups)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock or broth
  • teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken diced
  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Sour cream
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 avocados diced
  • Lime
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and green pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just starting to brown, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add cut corn tortillas, chili powder and cumin; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, a few minutes more. Add chicken stock, salt and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the soup from the heat and puree until completely smooth. An immersion blender is easiest for this or blend in batches in your blender. Stir in chicken if using, then ladle soup into bowls and garnish.
  4. Source:
Chicken Tortilla Soup - A knock-off from the famous soup at Tommy Bahamas. We were licking our bowls. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

Speak Your Mind



  1. It looks yummy. Really. Hot, spicy and sweet in the same time.

  2. Holy delicious dinner! Brace yourselves.. Let me start with stating that this is the 1st time I\’ve ever commented on any recipe! This is THE best Tortilla Soup, EVER! Like…Restaurant Good! No, wait…BETTER than that. However good you think it is going to be, multiply that by at least 10! My only disappointment? That I didn\’t make more! I will say that I don\’t own a blender (not really sure why?). But I do own a little smoothie-maker-thing. So, I separated the onions, peppers, tortillas & anything else that wouldn\’t go through a slotted spoon and put that in my smootie-maker-think (blender) (after it had cooled). After I had it all blended, I \”cooked\” it back into the broth. Ahhhhhhmazing!

  3. I do love avocados and love to eat them alone but what I saw now is heaven like…I can’t wait to try it. Thanks Christy you’re too good.

  4. Oh. My. Geez. I can’t even begin to tell you my excitement for this!! I’ve been searching for a recipe for chicken tortilla soup. We have a Mexican restaurant here that serves it and it is my absolute FAVORITE! I get upset when I go to any of the other Mexican restaurants in town because they’re of the mindset that chicken tortilla soup is like taco soup and should be chockfull of meat and veggies and not brothy and liquid gold. The only thing that seems different is the restaurant here serves it with some Mexican melty white cheesy goodness, not like the liquid already melted queso, but the white cheese that melts all gorgeously. Oh man. I’m jazzed about this if you couldn’t tell! Thanks Christy!!

  5. That sounds so good!!!

  6. THIS LOOKS DELICIOUS! I think I now know what is going to be for dinner tonight! I love chicken tortilla soup!

  7. I personally favor chicken over any other meat, so I was immediately drawn to this. I cannot wait to try this; it looks delicious!

  8. Awesome!!!! Thank you. I can’t wait to try this because I have the same thought as you with Chicken Tortilla soup being a broth based and not full of tomatoes etc. I used to go to a little Mexican Restaurant locally just for their Chicken Tortilla Soup and then they changed owners and changed their soup recipe. Since then I haven’t gone back because what was really REALLY good was changed to ick.

  9. This sounds amazing.

  10. What a really fun idea! You were right when you said it gets better mid-way through 🙂

  11. Thanks for posting this…I think I have the ingredients on hand and so we will be having this for dinner tonight! I LOVE all things involving lime and cilantro (and sour cream, etc. etc.). And I already have a chunky chicken taco soup recipe that is a staple at my house. This is very different, and sounds really good!

  12. Just made this for dinner today, this is beyond amazing! replaced the spices with non spicy ones. I wish I would’ve made more soup for tomorrow, my family finished it all. Great recipe!

  13. It was amazing! Best chicken tortilla soup I have ever tasted. Thank you for sharing! Since I like tomatoes and white corn in my tortilla soup, I added petite diced tomatoes and white corn when I added the rotisserie chicken. I did not blend these extra ingredients. Yummy! Definitely 5 stars.

  14. I made this tonight for dinner and it was fantastic! As a side we had honey cornbread and the two together were so good.

  15. Hi Christy, I made the soup tonight…It is the best soup i have ever made…Finally some flavor in the broth…
    It reminds me of a soup they serve at Red Rock Canyon or Copper Canyon restaurants.. Maybe you have them in Florida…I live in the DC area, MD suburbs.. I love the thickness when it all blended…Thanks, we really loved it! Mark

  16. How much does it make I live in a family of 7 and want to make it

  17. I made this tonight–delicious! There’s a tortilla soup at a local restaurant that I really like that also included some rice in their version, and I might try cooking a little and adding that the next time I make the soup, or when I heat some up!

  18. I made this tonight, it was wonderful!! I love tortilla soup but most of the recipes I have found were fine, but lacked something. This recipe made up for them all! Great flavor, I will be making it again soon!

  19. This is easy and delicious. I added a small can of diced tomatoes to this at the same time as I was adding the stock. My teenaged son added Sylvia’s Kickin’ Hot Sauce and then inhaled this. 🙂

  20. Oh, my god!!! I was looking to use up the two rotisserie chickens we had, since they needed to be eaten, and I came across this recipe after a google search. It looked and sounded so good and, of course, I thought maybe it was a typical scenario of the pictures of the food making it look better than what it really is… Then I scanned over the reviews and since EVERYONE WAS RAVING ABOUT IT, I was convinced to give it a try! I am SO GLAD I DID!!! THIS SOUP IS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL AND HEALTHY!!! =D Thank you so much for sharing your creation and expertise!!! My dad, sisters, and boyfriend all LOVED IT!!! My oldest sister and I are Massage Therapists and my dad is a Chiropractor and since we see all kinds of people, I have been sharing my results and your recipe with them and on Facebook! I WILL BE TRYING AS MANY RECIPES OF YOURS AS I CAN!!!

    Thank you so much and keeping doing such an amazing job with your creativity!!! =D


  21. Mmmm…I made this, and it is oh, so good. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  22. I just finished this and had to comment and say — it tastes amazing!! I made one change: adding two large, chopped carrots with the peppers and onions. Delicious. New favorite.

  23. I’ve made this delicious soup like twice already and what I love most about it is that it’s super easy! My teenage daughter (need I say more) isn’t fond of meat theses days so I just subbed a bag of frozen veggies (it has to have zucchini) and added one can of diced, seasoned tomatoes. Shared some with my foodie co-worker and she practically licked the bowl!

  24. Very good. I wonder if you have tried Ina Garten’s Mexican Chicken soup. Similar to this and I always have to come back to it. I do add red bell pepper instead of green, to hers and yours. Spices are similar except she has coriander (the seed of the cilantro plant) in hers, which makes for a very unique flavor and doesn’t taste like cilantro. Also, I add queso fresco as a garnish with the others.

  25. Hi would like to try these. Are flour tortilla the same as corn? What can i use instead og corn tortilla ..nachos?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Flour tortillas are not the same as corn. Corn tortillas are essential to the flavor of this. Flour will taste totally different. Corn tortillas are more yellow in color and have a different texture and flavor. Good luck!

      • I made this tonight, we really liked it, I had been looking for a good blended chicken tortilla soup recipe, thanks! I only had flour tortillas though and it was still good, next time I will try to get some corn tortillas and see how different it is.

  26. Yet again, another successful, delicious recipe!! I didn’t add the chicken and it was still hearty and delicious. My husband LOVES soup, especially tortilla soup, and I’ve tried a zillion recipes, and he said this was hands down the best! Thanks again for another delicious meal! I am looking for my next recipe on your site now! 🙂

  27. Soooo good! I made a batch and half and there were no leftovers. I added extra chicken too. My husband loved it! I’ve told friends about your blog and how approachable the recipes are. Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles may be next! Can’t go wrong with that combo.

  28. I made this tonight and it was delicious! I have been looking for a really good chicken tortilla soup and this is it. for the excellent recipe!

  29. I always wanted to search the recipe for chicken tortilla soup. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try it

  30. This recipe came to me at just the right time. I have had a sore throat and fever for the last few days and my wife cooked this recipe for me. I must say it was delicious and it was a godsend. The avocados were a huge enhancer!

  31. i just stumbled across this recipe this afternoon while searching for tortilla soup recipes. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to use up most of all the chicken I had! Mine came out close to the ones you made, but WOW. So delicious!!! I would definitely make these again. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Even though the only soup I normally make is chicken noodle, I had to give this recipe a try. Let me tell you it was super easy to make and the flavor is tantalizing. My entire family loved it and can’t wait for me to make it again.

  33. Just made this tonight for my family of 6, and OH MY GOODNESS!!!! We devoured it and I want to make another batch right now because it was sooooooo delicious!!!!!! Thank you SO much!!!

  34. I’m always on a lookout for a good beet recipe since much has been said about the benefits of this veggie. But somehow, no matter how I make it, it doesn’t really tickle my taste bone. Now this was totally different. Who would’ve thought? A delicious beet!? This makes me feel so good; I don’t know if it’s only my imagination, but I can really feel myself getting stronger after having it for breakfast.