Chicken Tortilla Soup

by Sharon on November 13, 2015

Chicken Tortilla Soup

One of the nice things about the dreary fall weather is the return of warm soups and comforting stews.

And by one of the nice things, I mean the only nice thing. 😉

Let’s just say it was a good thing we ‘geared up’ for the rain with waterproof boots and hooded raincoats, because it has been a-rainin’!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

We had a laugh the other day over our ‘white noise’ sound. Does any else use those? It’s an app that plays ambient noise in your bedroom if you don’t like it super quiet. We were going through all of the options like dishwasher, computer fan, and rain falling. Neither of us thought we needed any more rain in our lives, let alone while we sleep! Lol. We settled on crackling fireplace. Love it. 🙂

I shouldn’t complain too hard though. Yesterday the weather was sunny and bright and our walk around False Creek featured clear blue skies.

Vancouver November 2015

And Cirque du Soleil is in town! They are performing inside the striped tents, just off of the False Creek Seawall. How exciting! I made a mental note to look into tickets for that.

Vancouver November 2015

Anyways, onto the aforementioned warm, comforting soup.

For the base of this Chicken Tortilla Soup, I used chicken from a whole cooked rotisserie one. I find buying an already cooked bird really useful when you are crunched for time. I’ve started picking one up every shopping trip and if we aren’t eating it that night, I shred it up and store it in the fridge for salads or soups like this one. I also made a homemade fajita spice mix from the variety of spices in the bulk area. I used this recipe sans the white sugar.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup delivers lots of protein from both the chicken and black beans, and we loved the crunch from the chips. You can either crumble them into the soup or leave them on the side, take a spoonful of soup, take a bite of chip and repeat. That’s my personal method. 🙂

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Yields 4

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  • 1 tbsp. butter + 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. flour (I used gluten free brown rice flour)
  • 2 tbsp. fajita seasoning (link in post)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded into bite sized pieces
  • 1 398 ml. can black beans, drained
  • toppings:
  • tortilla chips, green onions, grated cheese


  1. In a soup pot over medium low, melt together the butter and olive oil
  2. Add the onion, season with sea salt & pepper and stir. Saute, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-6 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the flour and stir constantly for another minute. Stir in the fajita seasonings, then the broth and milk. Stir well
  3. Add the salsa, chicken, and black beans and stir once more. Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, sliced green onions and grated cheese.

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