Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

8 servings
30 min

A hearty, comforting and creamy chicken tortilla soup that comes together in 30 minutes using a time-saving short cut.

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup makes a comforting and hearty meal-in-a-bowl!

I used a favorite  ‘go to’ time saver: a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, ‘spit-fired around the cluck’. ;)

I like to use a rotisserie chickens for quick salads and soups. It’s also an easy and affordable way to make homemade chicken stock, using something that you usually throw away.

Add the chicken carcass to a Dutch oven or stock pot with some veggies, additional seasoning and water. After an hour or so of simmering on the stove you’ll have a fragrant and flavorful chicken stock that’s ready to use or freeze for later. You take advantage of the seasoning and flavor from the roasted chicken, while controlling the sodium in your homemade stock, better than store-bought!

You can find more details, HERE, along with our favorite Chicken Soup recipe for Cold and Flu Season.

I used evaporated milk for the 'creamy' part of the soup. I like evaporated milk as it’s a pantry ingredient and ideal for our non-milk drinking household. It delivers thickening power and creaminess to soups/chowders, mac and cheese, etc. without the calories and fat of heavy cream. It can also take the heat and won’t break or curdle like milk often does in soup.

You’ll also need some Masa Harina. If you’re not familiar with Masa Harina, it’s a Mexican corn flour that’s naturally gluten free, used for making tortillas and tamales. You can find it on the international foods aisle at most grocery stores with other Mexican and Latin American ingredients. It’s often added to chili to thicken it and adds a subtle corn flavor. If you don’t want to invest in a bag of Masa, you can substitute finely ground corn tortillas, using a food processor to grind them up really fine.

To serve, add your favorite tortilla soup garnishes like shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, green onion, lime wedges, corn tortilla chips and / or hot sauce.


Find more cozy comfort food in a bowl and hearty soups, HERE. You’ll find recipes for chili and soup with hearty ingredients like Italian sausage, potatoes and pasta to flavorful veggies that pack some nutrition like butternut squash, kale and spinach.

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken from grocery store)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth reduced sodium
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 10-ounce cans tomatoes with diced green chiles, undrained I used Rotel
  • 1/3 cup masa harina
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn I used Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted corn
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Optional Garnishes: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, cilantro, diced green onions, lime wedges, corn tortilla chips, hot sauce

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add the onion and jalapeno; cook 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Add 4 cups broth, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and tomatoes.
Whisk together the masa and evaporated milk until blended. Stir into the soup.
Cook over medium-high, stirring frequently, 10 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens slightly.
Stir in cooked chicken, black beans, pinto beans, and corn. Reduce the heat to low.
Stir in sour cream. Serve with desired garnishes.
  • Substitute finely ground corn tortillas for masa to give the soup the same flavor, using a food processor to grind them up really fine.
Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
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  • Teri Vinson Teri Vinson on Jan 18, 2022

    Although I love the rotisserie chicken, I will often buy my chicken breast on sale, and prepare it a number of ways for freezing. If it is skin on, bone in, I will go ahead and boil it, then debone it. That way I have the meat and broth to cook with. Season it or not, but I don't have to buy the broth separately. Sometime I will debone it, then freeze, simmering when I need it. When I don't use all my green onion, celery, bell pepper, etc. in a recipe, I will chop the remainder and freeze. Gotta cut waste somehow. Now to go make a pot of this for supper! Yum.