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Cheese Powders at Firehouse Pantry

Chicken Cheese Tortilla Soup
like Applebee's®
Spicy soup with chicken, cheese, and vegetables
is topped with crispy tortilla strips.
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Serves: 8-10
Prep. Time: 1:15

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

(10) 6" corn tortillas - cut into 1/4" thick strips
1 lrg. onion - minced
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 Tbls. vegetable oil OR olive oil
15 oz. can tomato puree
4 cups chicken broth
up to 1/2 cup hot sauce - to taste
1/2 med. green bell pepper - seeded, minced, optional
1 Tbls. minced jalapeno pepper - optional
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder - optional
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour mixed with 1/2 cup water
1 lb. boneless, skinless cooked chicken - cubed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sour cream - low-fat okay
8 oz. process cheese food (Velveeta®) - cubed, low-fat okay
1 Tbls. chopped fresh cilantro - for garnish, optional

-Deep-fry tortilla strips in 350 degree oil OR spray with non-stick cooking spray and bake in a 400 degree oven until crisp; lightly salt if desired; set aside.
-In a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté onions and garlic in oil until soft.
-Add the next 10 ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
-Whisk flour/water mixture into soup.
-Bring contents of pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Add chicken to pot and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Add cream, sour cream, and cheese to pot; stir until cheese has melted.
-Pour soup into bowls, pile tortilla strips into a "haystack" shape on top of the soup, garnish with cilantro.

Make It A Meal: Serve as an accompaniment to Beef Fajita Salad.

Other Tortilla Soup recipes on this site:

Visitor Comments

  • After trying several Tortilla Soup recipes, I have finally found the ONE that beats all! This soup was so good, my family devoured it. I am making it for the second time in a month, and this time am going to double it. Also this is the first time I have "made" my own tortilla strips, and they are wonderful! Just as good as the restaurant kind, and they keep well and are crispy for days when kept in a ziplock bag. Thanks from me and my family and keep up the good work on the website!

  • My picky 6 year old loved this recipe (she calls it potato chip soup) and it made my house smell wonderful. It calls for several different dairy products that make it rich and filling. Thank you for this website and especially this recipe.

  • This soup is wonderful! I threw in a tub of "El Paso Seasoned Chicken" to replace the chopped chicken and hot sauce. Tasted awesome and was quite a time saver

  • That soup is sooo yummy!! My brother made it and I had to have the recipe. He sent the link to your website and I can't wait to try out some of your other recipes as well...

  • I made this soup this weekend. I used a can of green chilies instead of jalapenos and 1/4 C. of hot sauce. My whole family loved it--great for a cold day!

  • This soup is fantastic! I've never tried Applebee's version, but I can't imagine it being any better...it's that good! Wouldn't change a thing!

  • My husband and I loved this soup. I served it with a couple of quesadillas. It was a big hit for a picky eater! Thanks.

  • Excellent!! I added a can of white corn and a can of pinto beans, but the base recipe is fantastic. I know after one patch this will become a winter staple for me.

  • This soup was wonderful!!! Made it for my daughter (the soup queen) and son-in-law. They both said it was the best soup they have ever had. I have to agree.

  • Best soup ever! I've made for my Bunco Party, son's graduation party, office potluck. It's always a big hit.

  • This was sent to us by my husband's sister. It is so good. We just could not stop eating it. Also we used tomato soup in it rathar than the tomato puree. It worked okay too. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  • Love it!! I make it way too much.

  • Trust me when i say this...this soup is freakin delicious. enough for my wife to wanna start talking to me again after two days of silence...guys definite great make up food

  • This soup is awesome! Per one commenter's suggestion I added a can of white corn and a can of pinto beans. We took this to a "Soup Supper" at church and 2 people asked me for the recipe and many others commented on how great it was. This is a definite winner!

  • This soup was excellent!! I made it for my grandson's fiesta birthday and it was a big hit.

  • This is the best soup! My husband found this website and I love it. We like it really spicy, so we add a few more peppers, but by far our favorite soup! I've lost count at how many times I've made it and the rave reviews I get.

  • This recipe is amazing! This was the first recipe I have tried from Robbie, but judging by how delicious this one turned out, I will definitely continue using this site!

  • A favorite! We love this soup and it is very versatile. I add 1 can of corn niblets, 1-2 cans rotel tomatoes (extra hot and milder), and 1 can black beans. I substitute canned jalapeno for fresh, and if I don't have velveeta, I'll add a can of Cheddar cheese soup (sometimes I add both!)

  • try chiauau cheese with jalapenos ...it has a very low melting point so only add 5-10 minutes before serving!!! for looks... i add a dollop of sour cream, small splash of salsa on top of that and then the tor. strips around it...makes for a wonderful presentation!

  • I thought the chicken tortilla soup was the best soup ever.

  • This soup was the best, I took a crockpot full of the soup to share with friends after a day on the river, and everyone loved it and was asking for the recipe. thanks

  • This soup is a hit with everyone! My cousins children, who do not eat anything, will eat this soup. We have not found anyone who does not like this soup. The only adjustment we may make is to adjust the sour cream to taste, we find that it lessens some of the tomato flavor..

  • This soup is SOOOOO good! We make a big batch at least once a month and eat on it for a week. My tips: Replace heavy cream with fat free half/half, double flour mixture, add corn and black beans, boil chicken, and use water as broth to extend your soup. the chicken is super tender when boiled.

  • This soup was absolutely amazing...I still can't believe I made it myself. I followed all of the instructions except I boiled the chicken in the chicken broth to keep the chicken flavor infused throughout the soup.

  • This soup was amazing!!! We had 30 young adults over for a Superbowl party and I made this soup---they loved it!!!

  • This was my first soup like this, I did things a lot different, to help keep the fat and calories down, the 13 first ingredients I blended and pureed together, I took my chicken and boiled it in the stock with thyme and two tortillas diced up fine, cumin agd a squeeze of lemon. When the chicken was done, I removed it and added the puree, and followed all the directions from there. I also added two cups of frozen corn in place of the sour cream. Corn has enough starch and the soup thickened just fine, I may even omit the cream next time, for me it only changed the color. But as a garnish, besides the tortillas, I added pico de gallo, and fresh chunks of avacado. My 13 and 16 year olds were asking for seconds. No offense to the origanl recipe, but reciepes are a guide line, whats wrong with a little flair. Thanks for the truly great start to a new tradition in my family.

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