Monday, 18 May 2015

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheese, Chicken, Spice, and a bit of crunch. This soup is jam packed full of deliciousness!

This soup is so incredibly easy - and quick too! With the great depth of flavors in this tortilla-inspired soup, you'd think it had been simmering away all day.

My Secret Recipe Club assignment for May took me along to The Avid Appetite, a blog I have quickly fallen in love with. This site is hosted by the lovely Rachel. After marrying the love of her life she decided to learn to cook. That meant learning more than boiling an egg. And WOW, has she come far.

All of the recipes on Rachels blog are stunning. I had such a hard time choosing just one thing to make. I loved the way her "food" tab is laid out into a great range of categories, with everything so easy to find. But then came the "should I do a beverage, a cake, a soup, a main, chicken, beef?! SO MANY OPTIONS!" Like this Triple Chocolate Banana Milkshake or Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup, or maybe some Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes?

Since it's getting so cold here now, I went with the Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup, and boy, was I impressed! I love absolutely everything about this soup and would make it again in a heartbeat.

When I was preparing this soup, I baked an extra dinner roll to use in the photos the next day. Before I could take the photos, Emmet ate the roll. So yes - the roll here in the photos is not cooked, lacking the beautiful brown, baked look. Ha!

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serves 4-6

1 tsp olive oil
1 bell pepper, diced
1 onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp margarine
1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 C fat-free milk
3 C fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp half-and-half 
1 1/2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
14 oz can (400 g) diced tomatoes
1 red chili, finely diced
2 1/2 C reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded1/2 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
To serve:
tortilla chips
sour cream
1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan and add the peppers, onion, and chili. Saute until soft.
2. Next, add the margarine and melt. Whisk in the flour until combined. Cook for about a minute, but don't let it burn.
3. Whisk in the chicken broth and milk and bring to a light boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Once simmering, lower the heat stir in the cheese and half and half (I used cream, as we don't have half and half here!). Stir until completely melted and everything is well combined.
4. Add the chicken and diced tomatoes and mix. Season with salt, pepper and chili powder. Adjust any spices as you'd like. If you like it spicy, add some cayenne pepper.


  1. Tortilla soup is one of my favorites, I can eat it all year long!

  2. I've never made a tortilla soup before but I definitely have to - this looks so comforting and delicious.

  3. This looks super flavorful and seems easy to make!

  4. I'm so happy that you chose and loved this soup! It is one of my favorites and I actually haven't made it in ages. It is definitely going back on my list :) Thank you for your kind words!

  5. i love how creamy that soup looks! yum!

  6. The soup certainly does sound flavorful and creamy, yes, it does. I'm laughing at the roll being eaten because more often than not I will set out food for my shots only to find someone has come to nibble something!

  7. This soup looks perfect; and for the record, I think it's good enough to enjoy with an unbaked roll!! Great job, Nicole!

  8. One of my favorite soups and yours looks totally amazing, nice and cheesy!! YUM!!

  9. It certainly sounds delicious with all that flavor!

  10. Yum! Looks really good! Great SRC choice

  11. Dear Nicole, this soup sounds wonderful! I know I would love it. xo, Catherine

  12. Nicole...your soup looks so incredibly delish! I think my whole family would love it!

  13. This looks wonderfully comforting. And very tasty.

  14. I just love this soup! Pinned, yummed and stumbled!

  15. I love tortilla soup, and this looks awesome!

  16. This looks so warm and welcoming Nic!

  17. Love the color of this soup! Can't wait to give this a try!! Visiting from SRC C!