Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

bowl of creamy chicken tortilla soup with cilantro, jalapeño, and lime

How to Make Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Quick and Easy

This soup is fun to make because it is quick and easy and full of flavor. When I make creamy chicken tortilla soup, my biggest time saver is to grab a rotisserie chicken from the store. Here is a pro tip – the most juicy rotisserie chickens are located in your local warehouse stores; Sam’s Club, BJ’s, and Costco.

I have no idea why, it just is. For this recipe I only pulled and shredded the meat from the leg quarters (legs and thighs). I find that when I add all the other ingredients, the meat from the legs and thighs is enough to feed a family of 4-5. Here is the recipe! Enjoy.

Bowl of chicken tortilla soup with avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, tortilla chips, and cheese

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

For an amazing and healthy meal on a weeknight, this creamy chicken tortilla soup fits the bill. Using rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store, this soup can be whipped up in under thirty minutes.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning, add to your taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, I used the leg and thighs
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup corn, canned or frozen is fine
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes, canned
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Toppings for Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • avocado, sliced or in chunks
  • tortilla strips or chips
  • cotija cheese or monterray jack
  • jalapeno pepper, slices


  1. Add butter and olive oil to pot on medium high heat
  2. Add onions, red bell pepper, and flour (optional) to the pot. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the cream cheese and garlic to the pot and incorporate in with the onion and red bell pepper mixture.
  4. Once everything is well combined add the taco seasoning, chili powder, cumin, and rotisserie chicken to the pot and mix well.
  5. Pour in the chicken brothand begin to thin out the mixture in the pot. Once it is thinned out, add the heavy whipping cream.
  6. Add the corn, black beans, and tomatoes and allow the soup to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and Enjoy! Don't forget to add the toppings of your choice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300

Is Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Keto?

Pout of chicken tortilla soup with corn, fire roasted tomatoes, and black beans.
If you would like to have a keto friendly creamy chicken tortilla soup, you must eliminate the black beans and the corn.

This recipe for creamy chicken tortilla soup can be keto friendly if you eliminate the corn and the black beans. All of the other ingredients are keto compliant. You can add a little bit more cream cheese to increase the fat and enhance the creaminess of the soup. Also, piling on the avocado slices, once the soup is finished, increases the fat of this dish.

What’s in this Soup?

Bowl of chicken tortilla soup with avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, tortilla chips, and cheese
This creamy chicken tortilla soup is a quick, easy, and delicious meal made in under 30 minutes.

Chicken tortilla soup is a Mexican dish containing chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, cheese, and a chicken stock. If you would like to add the more flavor to the soup here are some things you can do: grill an ear of corn and add it to to the soup just before finishing; use homemade chicken stock; or add roasted garlic to the stock.

Toppings for chicken tortilla soup are: fresh cilantro, cotija cheese (or your favorite shredded cheese), avocado, tortilla strips (or tortilla chips of your choice), lime wedges (on the side), jalapeño slices, fresh tomatoes, radish slices, a dollop of sour cream, salsa, red onion, and hot sauce. I choose the toppings based on a couple of things: what I have a taste for and what I have laying around the house.

How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup Thicker

You’ve made chicken tortilla soup before but is just wasn’t thick enough. You want a st-oup (something in-between a stew and a soup). That can be done! In order to thicken your soup, you will want to add 1-1/2 tablespoons of flour to the pot when you are cooking down your onions and red bell peppers in the oil. Once the onions are translucent, then you will want to add the chicken broth. Adding the flour and cooking it thickens the soup. It just all depends on what it is you want to taste in your food. If you are wanting the chicken tortilla soup to be gluten free, adding the flour will make it gluten and will not serve your purpose.

Some people will add arrowroot powder or xanthan gum to thicken the soup. My personal preference: don’t use the xanthin gum. It is more for baking and can add a layer of sweetness to the soup.

Another way to thicken chicken tortilla soup is to add a can of cream of chicken soup. This can be the perfect base for the soup. Once the onions and peppers are cooked add the cream of chicken soup and thin it out with the chicken broth. Yummy!

Can you Freeze Chicken Tortilla soup?

Yes! You absolutely can freeze chicken tortilla soup. One thing you want to keep in mind when it comes to freezing the creamy chicken tortilla soup is when you are freezing a soup with meat in it, you want to bag it and freeze it within 3 days of cooking. Best way to go about this is to allow the soup to cool and place in freezer bags. Once you have determined the amount you don’t want to have readily available in the refrigerator, put them in quart size freezer bags. A quart size freezer bags will approximately be one serving of soup. So if you don’t want to warm up an entire pot of frozen soup and you’d rather pull out individual servings, use the quart size.

When you freeze the chicken tortilla soup, do not add the tortilla chips. They will become soggy. And the joy of the soup is to have those bits of corn crunch throughout the soup. Unless that is your thing, then go for it.

Don’t Forget to Enjoy!

It wouldn’t be dinner if the youngest one wasn’t sneaking tortilla chips out the bowl before it was time to eat. I hope you all will enjoy this as much as we did. Creamy chicken tortilla soup is a meal that gets the kids involved due to its simplicity. It is quick and easy making dinner ready in no time! Looking for another recipe to try that the family will love? Try this Red Beans and Rice with Sausage recipe!

child eating tortilla out of the chicken tortilla soup bowl
I hope we will have some left for dinner.

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  • Reply
    Marie Rossiter
    October 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Christy Irene
      October 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you, Marie! I am so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoy it!

      • Reply
        Sarah Bailey
        November 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm

        I am all for something that is quick and easy to make and this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious as well. I shall have to try and make it myself.

  • Reply
    Amber Myers
    November 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    5 stars
    This looks incredible. I love a tasty soup like this when it’s cold out. I’ll be making it one night.

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    November 5, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    5 stars
    Your creamy chicken tortilla soup looks delicious! I am going to have to give it a try this fall! I love soups in the fall and trying new ones!

  • Reply
    Sarah Bailey
    November 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I am all for something that is quick and easy to make and this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious as well. I shall have to try and make it myself.

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    Shannon Gauger
    November 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! Tortilla soup is one of my favorites!!

  • Reply
    November 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    That is so pretty and looks like it tastes amazing! Even the bowl is gorgeous. Love all of the colors together.

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    Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers
    November 5, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I love chicken tortilla soup. I’m not a fan of buying the rotisserie chickens but in a pinch, I will. We will be trying this recipe very soon. I’ll make some chicken breasts in the crockpot. I toss them in early in the morning and it is done by the end of the day if cooked on low. To keep it from drying out, I will add a bit of chicken broth but I’ve never had any issues. It shreds super easy and you can use the chicken for more than one meal too.

    Thank you for the recipe.

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    November 6, 2019 at 1:00 am

    5 stars
    This looks so yummy1 I can’t wait to make this soup. It looks so savory, and perfect for the fall months.

  • Reply
    Bonnie G
    November 6, 2019 at 2:05 am

    That looks fantastic! I have got to make this soon! I think my whole family would enjoy this recipe.

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    Chef Dennis
    November 6, 2019 at 5:20 am

    5 stars
    This creamy chicken tortilla soup looks really scrumptious! I would love to have this everyday. And I’m sure my family will love this, too.

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    Ruth I
    November 6, 2019 at 8:38 am

    This is such a beautiful dish! The flavors are guaranteed great! I am more than excited trying this.

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    Paula Schuck
    November 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    5 stars
    I am going to make this next week. It looks fantastic and I have never made tortilla soup before. YUM. Pinned so I can find it when I race to the grocery store to buy what I need for it. Thanks!!

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    November 6, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorites to get at a local restaurant. How have I never made it at home! Your recipe sounds easy and delicious!!

  • Reply
    Esther Irish
    November 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Oh how I love me some tortilla soup, and this creamy version looks divine! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    Amber Killmon
    November 6, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, this just looks absolutely heavenly. I can’t wait to make it but I know mine will not look as amazing as your photos do!

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    Melanie Walsh
    November 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    It is the best time of year for soup! I love homemade soups, especially creamy ones. This looks it’ll be an instant family favorite!

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    Terri Steffes
    November 6, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    5 stars
    Creamy chicken tortilla soup is going to find its way onto next week’s menu. I love a good soup for lunch and this one will easily satisfy my soup cravings.

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    Agnes dela cruz
    November 7, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Everything I love is in this soup, crunchy, tasty and healthy soup dish. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    November 8, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Oh my word, this looks absolutely amazing. So warm, comforting, and wholesome. Thanks for the recipe.

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    November 9, 2019 at 4:58 am

    5 stars
    This tortilla soup sounds so delicious..! Tha ks for sharing this recipe, worth trying, absolutely.

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    Terri Steffes
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    Your soup sounds amazing. I am pinning it for a future fall supper. Soup is my favorite fall meal.

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