Tortilla Soup With Chicken and Avocado

[Photographs: Yasmin Fahr]

Note: If you're short on time, then you can buy some good-quality tortilla chips and loosely break those into the soup. Alternatively, fry your own by frying strips of fresh corn tortillas in 350°F oil until crisp and golden brown. Crispy strips can also be made under the broiler: brush tortillas with oil, slice into strips, and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil until crisp, turning half way through, about 5 minutes total.

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Tortilla Soup With Chicken and Avocado

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
This recipe appears in: One-Pot Wonders: Tortilla Soup With Chicken and Avocado


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 poblano chili, seeded and finely diced (about ½ cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated with a microplane
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 chipotle chilis in adobo, finely chopped, with 1 teaspoon of the sauce
  • 1 (28-oz) can strained tomatoes
  • 4 cups homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or fine slivers (about 1 pound total)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • Crispy tortilla strips or chips, for topping (see note above)
  • ½ cup Queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges, for serving


  1. 1

    Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet or pot over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and chili with a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about three minutes. Add the garlic, spices, chili and sauce and mix until fragrant, about 30 seconds more.

  2. 2

    Add the tomatoes and broth and adjust the heat to maintain an active simmer and allow to thicken slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and corn and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  3. 3

    Divide between four bowls and top with the tortilla strips, crumbled cheese, avocado slices, cilantro and serve with lime wedges.


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