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I participated in a blogger pot luck for Christy Jordan last month. This delightful blogger and cookbook author had a life changing accident, but thankfully, after a long recuperation, her recovery is on the horizon. Her publicist has kindly provided me with her new release, Come Home to Supper, which is chock full of delicious recipes perfect for the busy mom (or dad) who wants to feed their family with love. Christy’s Southern dishes are truly comfort food…and this tortilla soup is no exception.

I was worried that it was too spicy for the hubby’s tender palate, but with a nice dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of cheddar, he sang its praises. This is such an easy recipe….just dump the ingredients into a big stockpot and cook away. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal…and special enough to serve when you have a crowd coming over to watch a football game.  It was piece of cake to throw together. And speaking of cake, you will go nuts for the array of cake recipes…most are  twists on Christy’s Classic Chocolate and Chocolate Yellow Cake recipes. I will be baking one up soon.

Cookbook details:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 22, 2013)
  • Contains: More than 200 deeply satisfying dishes that are budget-conscious, kid-friendly, and quick to make

Doesn’t this sound like a cookbook you’d love on your shelves?  Plus the weather is turning and  a batch of this Chicken Tortilla Soup simmering on your cooktop would be the perfect dinner on a chilly evening. And now for the best part. You can also have a copy of Come Home to Supper. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts below! Good luck!!!

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Recipe courtesy of Christy Jordan's Come Home to Supper

  • 1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth or 2 bouillon cubes dissolved in 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (29 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (11 ounces) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic or 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 to 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (or more, if you’d like)
  • 2 cups frozen corn or 2 cans (15 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 corn tortillas (6 inches each)
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and/or chopped scallions, for serving


  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the tortillas and toppings with 2 cups of water in a
  2. large stockpot. Place it over medium-high heat and bring it just to a boil. Reduce the heat to
  3. medium and simmer until the soup is heated through, 30 minutes.
  4. Using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears, cut each tortilla into thin strips. Place the strips in the
  5. pot and cook 10 minutes more.
  6. Serve the soup in bowls with the desired toppings on the side.

Total time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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59 comments on “Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. Since I am Greek, I don’t have a Southern comfort food, but I will tell you my comfort food and this is veal stew with mashed potatoes! I love your soup Liz because I am very fond with Tex Mex and Mexican

  2. Pecan pie with a dollop of whipped cream and/or ice cream is Southern comfort at its best…Speaking of comfort, your tortilla soup looks like the perfect ending to a chilly day, Liz =)

  3. Gosh, my FAVORITE Southern Comfort food? In my world, which is full of SCF, I would mostly have to tell you which food I loved based on which cook was making the meal! 🙂 I think mashed potatoes and gravy might be my favorite all-time dish. Of course I mean white gravy. Brown gravy is only eaten down here when there’s one made from a roast! 🙂

  4. Perfect soup for the season,looks like I have all ingredients I need for this soup, I’ll make it soon 🙂

  5. Love comforting and warming soups during this time of year. Love all the flavors and spices in here, looks and sounds wonderful Liz 🙂

  6. Agghhh I am drooling over this at my desk.

  7. I love chicken tortilla soup!!! And since I’m sitting her shivering at my desk, it looks extra good 🙂

  8. My fav southern *food* is Pecan Pie!

  9. I like biscuits. Plain and simple.

    • Lizzy, I’ve been noticing lately on Word-Press that I have a difficult time (not just on your blog) but other WP blogs as well to comment! …not letting me, unless I click on the last commenter’s reply, than it lets me comment. I’m still with Blogger so its different.

      Enough said: My favorite SCF is, and has been always… the ‘sinful’ but oh, sooo good, Southern Fried Chicken with gravy and biscuits; Yumm!

      I printed out this yummy and so easy chicken tortilla soup, so far this is the BEST recipe that I’ve seen for this particular soup. Will be making it soon, and link back to you. I also noticed in the photo of the cover of this lovely book, the author is holding that precious vintage Pyrex bowl that I also have from my mom from the ‘sixties’…real awesome, vintage, and so are the rest on her cupboards! xoxo

  10. This soup sounds amazing and looks delicious! I’m totally in soup making mode and this is definitely something I would make. 🙂

  11. Macaroni and cheese.

  12. Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites, I’d love a bowl of this for lunch!

  13. Dear Lizzy, This soup sounds great! I love Southwest. Blessings, Catherine xo

  14. Oooooh this is one of my brother’s favorite soups! I should make him some!

  15. Sour cream always helps tame things, doesn’t it? This looks like such a terrific soup – love all the flavors in it. I really need to make more Mexican-inspired soups. Thanks for this.

  16. Tortilla soup is really one of my all time favourites, it has such complex flavours it’s so satisfying! I was thinking about you last Saturday when I pulled out my puff pastry from my fridge (defrosting overnight) to find it had expired! I left it to the last minute for a dinner party (progressive dinner) for which I needed the puff pastry for my Guinness Stew! But then I remembered your quick laminated pastry post and dashed over to it. Now I really didn’t have the time for all the folding and waiting, but I made it in a very condensed format. I also omitted the sugar because it was a savoury pastry. It was a HUGE success, very buttery and flaky and perfect for sopping up the great juices from the Guinness Stew. I still have some of the dough left over in the freezer…will continue to experiment! Thanks Liz it was a life saver!

  17. My favorite is southern friend chicken!

  18. Biscuits, and mac and cheese! I have heard do many good things about this book.

  19. Forgot to add how yummy this soup looks!

  20. Gorgeous flavour idea for a soup 😀


  21. PECAN PIE!

  22. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and milk gravy and creamed corn. Yes! But I’ll eat my frozen waffles tonight and try to forget my answer.

  23. Aside from this soup which sounds delicious — I love cornbread!

  24. I love tortilla soup! I’ll have to “vegetarianize” this recipe in the near future – it will be just the thing to take the chill off our bones on a cold winter evening in Maine!

  25. Liz,

    This looks so delicious. I would love a bowl right now!!

  26. This soup sound delicious. I love soups that have a little kick.

  27. If Bill can eat this, anyone can. What a lovely looking soup and the cookbook sounds very interesting xx

  28. I’d love a bowl of this soup. I promise not to slurp.

    Then I’d like a slice of Southern pecan pie.


  30. Collard Greens and Cat Head Biscuits!

  31. I love recipes that are breeze to make and end up making everyone happy in the family.

  32. My favorite southern comfort food is definitely Meatloaf-and-Mashed Potato Sandwiches.

  33. Don’t know much about southern cuisine…I love your tortilla soup! Super comforting and delicious!

  34. Red velvet cake! At least I think that’s southern???

  35. That’s so sad she had an accident! Looks great! (This is the Blond Duck, btw)

  36. I love pecan pie…I cannot have enough of it. It is not that good for my waist though but it makes quite happy! 🙂 What a great chicken tortilla soup, Liz! I need a bowl of it on these chilly days…

  37. I’d love to have a pot of this Chicken Tortilla Soup simmering on the stove right now, Liz…We have snow in the forecast! Thanks for sharing…

  38. I didn’t grow up with chicken tortilla soup, but after being here so long, I have come to love it.
    This is gorgeous Liz, goto make this version soon.

  39. I really like cheesy not so good for you mac and cheese.

  40. Sounds like a great recipe. I’d love to try it!

  41. Sorry Liz! I missed the question – and my favourite Southern comfort food has to be Kentucky Derby Pie. Love that pie….

  42. Chicken tortilla soup is my absolute favorite soup, especially in the Fall and Winter!

  43. Cristy has been wanted to make chicken tortilla soup for a few days now!! Yours looks so thick and delicious!! Pinned for later

  44. Who doesn’t love this soup? And what a great, quick way to make it. I’d have to say cheesy grits!

  45. I don’t know a lot about southern comfort food but this soup is the sort of dish I love. Of the little I know? Gumbo, and of course Caramel Cake, oh and Mississippi Mud Pie.

  46. One of my favorite soups! I am going to try this recipe!

  47. Country Style Steak (Chicken Fried Steak to some:) )

  48. One of my favorite soups is chicken tortilla. I’ve tried numerous versions and always like to try new ones. I do like the sound of the ingredients in this and with the weather finally feeling like fall and almost winter, this would be a good one to put in the pot. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to try it.

  49. Quick and easy! You’ve given me an idea. Thanks, Liz. Have a super duper weekend.

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