fast and easy homemade tortilla soup!

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i think you all probably know by now that josh takes the lead in the kitchen when it comes to cooking in our home. thank goodness for that, seriously! but i think i’ve also shared how i’ve been making attempts to get more comfortable and confident in the kitchen, too. (mostly just trying to enjoy it more, really.) i wanted to share a super quick and easy homemade chicken tortilla soup recipe that i made last week and loved so much! it seriously only takes 15 minutes to make and we are obsessed. (and i had fun making it?! it’s true!)

it all started when i was on good ol’ blessed pinterest trying to find some recipes of things i want to make in the kitchen. of course i always leave pinterest feeling like everything in life is basically overwhelming and daunting, or at least all the picture perfect recipes are. josh was nearby and heard my plea. haha. he walked into the kitchen and brought out a cookbook for our blender and was like, “hey, how about something in here?” and like, duh! because what is better than a one pot recipe, or in this case, a one blender recipe?! i based this soup off the recipe in our cookbook, but added a few extra ingredients and took a few out, too! it was delicious!

TORTILLA SOUP

2 cups chicken stock
1 tomato (cut in half)
2 medium carrots (cut in half)
1 small celery stalk
1 slice of onion (honestly you can do without the onion if you aren’t a fan)
1/2 of a small yellow squash
1/2 of a red pepper
2 teaspoons taco mix seasoning
a few dashes of cumin
a few dashes of salt

to add after the top portion is blended:

1/2 cup cooked chicken
1/2 cup drained canned corn
salt and pepper, to taste

place all the top ingredients in the blender (a blender that can blend ingredients into a hot and smooth puree) and mix on the highest setting for 5 minutes. add the chicken and corn at the end and blend for just a few seconds on a lower setting. it makes about 4 cups. we like to serve ours with fresh avocado and sour cream. i also made homemade tortilla chips by frying up slices of soft tortilla over hot oil while the soup blends (some photos below of the tortilla strips.)

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lately, we’ve actually been making a lot of chicken that we sauté up in some safflower oil on our stove like this. this is a big batch because we like to have it handy to eat during lunches or snacks but i threw in a bit of it into the soup at the very end for just 10 seconds on the lowest setting of our blender.

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the main reason i love this soup so much is because you can just throw in whatever vegetables you have in your fridge and most can work! the recipe originally called for mushrooms and cabbage and garlic as well (i didn’t have those on hand and didn’t use them and it still tasted great!) you can kind of just go with whatever you have and feel super fancy winging it while still making something delicious. ;)

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here’s a quick example of what i do to make the tortilla strips for you with regular soft tortillas. i know this is not an authentic tortilla chip but they do taste amazing and i am a fan.

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there you have it! let me know if you try it! and if you have any other quick (as in no more than 10-15 minute) type of recipes to share with us please leave them in the comments. extra points if they require just one pan/blender/crock pot. ;)

ps. wearing an old ace + jig dress, but similar version in black here and in color here.

 

  1. Corina

    I love soups. I could basically live on soup, all day everyday. will definitely give this one a try, thank you for sharing xx

  2. Rena

    I never cooked something similar before! Therefore, I must try this out. Thanks for sharing :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  3. Sarah

    Do you cook the vegetables???

  4. I can’t wait to try this! It looks absolutely delicious.

  5. Isabelle

    Sorry, I’m confused! Do you not cook anything? Just throw in all the ingredients raw (aside from the chicken, of course)? And you just heat up the entire soup after everything is blended?
    Sounds good, but if you could please clarify that would be great. thanks!

    • TAZA

      yep! exactly! you just throw it all into the blender and it does it all!

  6. Cokey

    How does the soup get hot? Do you blend first then heat on the stove or do you cook the vegetables before blending? Or is it a cold soup?

    • TAZA

      sorry for the confusion! it is a hot soup and my blender heats it up to boiling actually within a few minutes, as well as purees all the veggies so i add them raw. i’m using a vitamix for this, but i know there are a few different blenders that are able to do this! if your blender doesn’t do this, you can always sauté the veggies first on the stove beforehand!

  7. Marijana

    Yes, in a little olive oil saute one onion, pancetta/bacon/prosciutto in cubes, diced mushrooms, peppers (whatever you have really), add cooking cream, salt, pepper, origano…whatever you like. Cook for 5 minutes. You can eat it with pasta, gnocchi, zucchini pasta…you can melt some cheese like gorgonzola in it. It is done within 10 minutes and delicious!

  8. Mollie

    Yum!! This looks so delicious. Love a good tortilla soup, especially for a quick and easy meal in the summertime!!

    xoxo Mollie
    http://www.molliebellezza.com

  9. Sydney F.

    I wish I had a blender that makes soup! I’ve got a couple of girlfriends that make soup with theirs all the time. Unfortunately my husband refuses to accept soup as a main dish so I don’t make it often enough since I am not making multiple courses on a regular basis!

    SO, this recipe takes longer than 10 – 15 minutes because it’s cooked in the oven, but I swear it takes about 3 minutes to put together. It only has 8 ingredients (2 of which are salt and pepper ha). I also skip the cornstarch and rosemary most of the time so that brings the main ingredients list down to a whopping 4 ingredients and the flavor is still amazing! I usually serve it over cauliflower rice or brown rice from the microwave packets that cook up in 90 seconds. You also line the baking dish with foil, which makes cleanup a breeze! I hope you like and enjoy it! It’s one of my husband and my favorites.

    http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/holy-yum-chicken/

    • TAZA

      YUM! that one looks delicious! will have to check it out. thank you for sharing, sydney!

  10. I love soups. I have to eat so much of it at any time of the year. I’ve never had tortilla soup but this seems easy enough. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.theindiebyline.com

  11. KF

    To answer the question about how the soup gets hot, some blenders (Vitamix, Blendtec) are so powerful, the ingredients can purée and heat just by blending for awhile. If your blender is t that intense, You could cook the ingredients on the stove and then blend them once they are soft.

  12. Kirsten

    Looks great! Would be even better with homemade chicken stock. My husband makes stock homemade and it’s amazing. And less sodium!

    Please add to my link-up! Thanks!

    -Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com

  13. Does your blender heat up the food too? I’ve never heard of that! This sounds so good right now as I’m at my desk STARVING, haha.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

    • TAZA

      it does! in only 5 minutes, too!

  14. Anne

    I’m confused – does your blender do the heating? Is this a cold soup?

    • TAZA

      yes! my blender actually gets hot enough that it purees the vegetables and heats the soup to boiling! i’m using a vitamix here, but i think a few different blenders can do this!

  15. Stef

    Nice pictures, Thanks for the wonderful recipe. One of my boys just decided last week that he wanted soup in his thermos for his lunches, So I have been trying a few lately. Thanks for sharing, love your blog and your Instagram.

    • TAZA

      oh i hadn’t even thought of packing soup in a thermos for school lunch! great idea!!!

  16. Erica

    My husband and I LOVE making tortilla soup in our Vitamix! Your recipe sounds delicious. One thing I like to do in mine is also include a handful of spinach at the very end of the blend. It gives the soup an extra pop of color! :)

  17. Megan

    I have been trying a ton of new soup recipes later, so I can’t wait to add this one to my list!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  18. Mama Hogz

    I know I should be focusing on the soup but your nails are a stunning shade of pink. Do you know what color it is? :)

  19. Kerry

    I came online to look for a quick, healthy, new recipe for dinner. Got distracted by your blog but it turned out perfect as I found this recipe! Got the ingredients I was missing and not too long later had a delicious dinner on the table.
    I only have a normal blender so I cooked the veg a bit first, but the rest of it I followed. Took me a bit longer and I think my kitchen is smaller than yours! But all in all, delicious and I totally think I will be making it again soon!

  20. Dianna

    Looks so good <3 Will make it today, wish me luck haha :3

  21. Kathleen

    I make a lot of Alexandra Cooks recipes, because she makes things super easy. Even if they have a few steps the way she explains things is just wonderful. http://www.alexandracooks.com/ Her hamburger helper recipe is awesome. :)