Chicken Tortilla Soup: A Savory Delight by Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ

If you’re a fan of On The Border, the popular chain Mexican restaurant, then you’re in for a treat. We’ve got a delicious copycat recipe for their Chicken Tortilla Soup that you can easily make at home. With the same savory flavors and customizable toppings, this soup is sure to become a new favorite.

Equipment you’ll need

Before we get started, let’s make sure you have the necessary equipment to cook up this fantastic soup:

  • Veggie Chopper – Perfect for chopping onions and other ingredients.
  • Soup Pot – A reliable pot to cook the soup.
  • Ladle – Opt for a one-piece, heat-safe, silicone utensil to serve your soup.

Ingredients for Chicken Tortilla Soup

To recreate the famous On The Border Chicken Tortilla Soup, gather the following ingredients:

  • CHICKEN – Boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • SEASONINGS – Salt, pepper, and cumin for added depth of flavor.
  • BROTH – Chicken broth or stock (low sodium if preferred).
  • ONION – Use a yellow onion for a flavorful but not overpowering taste.
  • SALSA – Homemade salsa, preferably our On The Border copycat recipe, or jarred salsa from the market.
  • RICE – Uncooked white rice, avoiding processed options like minute rice.
  • ZUCCHINI – One zucchini, chopped into half moons.
  • CHEESE – Monterey Jack cheese, shredded just before use.
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How to make Chicken Tortilla Soup

Now it’s time to bring this flavorful dish to life. Follow these steps to prepare your Chicken Tortilla Soup:

  1. STEP ONE: Season the chicken and set it aside. In a soup pot, combine the broth, diced onion, and salsa. Heat until boiling.
  2. STEP TWO: Add the seasoned chicken to the pot and cook until no longer opaque (approximately 10-12 minutes). Ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove the cooked chicken, shred it, and add it back to the pot.
  3. STEP THREE: Add the rice and chopped zucchini to the pot. Cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  4. STEP FOUR: Serve the soup in bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro and your preferred toppings.

What to Serve With This Delicious Soup

For a complete Mexican-themed dinner, pair your Chicken Tortilla Soup with air fryer tortilla chips, homemade salsa (try our On The Border copycat recipe), and sour cream chicken enchiladas. Finish off the meal with a delightful Mexican wedding cake for dessert.

Storage & Reheating

  • How to store leftovers: Store any leftover Chicken Tortilla Soup in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • How to reheat leftovers: Warm up the soup using either the microwave or stovetop. Heat on low to medium heat, stirring often to prevent burning.
  • Can I freeze Chicken Tortilla Soup? While most soups freeze well, those containing rice or pasta tend to lose texture after freezing and thawing. If you plan to freeze leftovers, keep the rice separate and freeze only the broth portion.
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Here are some frequently asked questions about Chicken Tortilla Soup:

Why is it called Chicken Tortilla Soup?

Chicken Tortilla Soup gets its name from the shredded chicken, zesty Mexican spices, and vegetables that define its Mexican flavors. While its exact origin remains unknown, it is believed to have originated in the Mexico City area.

How long does Chicken Tortilla Soup last in the fridge?

When stored in an airtight container, Chicken Tortilla Soup can last up to 5 days in the fridge.

What type of cheese should I use?

Although we recommend Monterey Jack cheese, feel free to experiment with shredded Mexican cheeses like chihuahua, oaxaca, or cotija. Each variety adds its unique touch of cheesy goodness to the soup.

Can I use rotisserie chicken for this soup?

Absolutely! If you have leftover rotisserie chicken on hand, dice it into bite-size pieces or shred it and add it to the soup in lieu of chicken breasts.

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Now that you have the recipe for our delectable Chicken Tortilla Soup, it’s time to get cooking. Gather your ingredients, follow the simple steps, and indulge in the flavors of Mexico right in your own home. For more mouthwatering recipes and barbecue inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.