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Green Chile Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chicken

Green chile and cumin scented chicken broth with traditional corn tortillas for an authentic texture, topped with shredded rotisserie chicken and cotija cheese. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Soups, Stews, Chowders
Keyword: chicken soup, mexican soup, soup recipes, tortilla soup
Servings: 6


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, halved and sliced thinly
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pasilla pepper, halved and sliced in strips
  • 14 oz fire roasted green chiles
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder or cayenne
  • 2 cubes Knorr tomato chicken bouillon
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup corn, frozen
  • 1 small corn tortilla, torn into very small pieces
  • 18 tortilla chips
  • 1 lime, sliced in wedges for serving
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese for serving


  • Saute shallot and garlic in a soup pot over medium heat, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add diced green chile and pasilla pepper, saute for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, cumin, chipotle powder, tomato bouillon and chicken broth.  Bring to a simmer and add cilantro, corn and torn corn tortilla.
  • Continue to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Taste test for salt.
  • Serve in bowl and garnish by floating 3 tortilla chips in broth. Top with cilantro and cotija cheese. Place lime on side.