Ranch Style Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ranch style tortilla soup

Predictable with Hatch green chile, unique with Chimayo chile powder, chewy with chicken, creamy with avocado and cooled with a dollop of sour cream to temper the heat of the spice, this is how I prepare Chicken Tortilla soup on the Ranch.

Tortilla Soup with Creamed Corn

Ranch Style Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
  • 3 T. Olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • 1 32 oz. container of chicken stock (Trader Joes preferred)
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ can of Rotel tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can cream corned
  • 1 t. Mexican Oregano
  • ½ t. Chamayo Chile powder
  • 1 t. chile powder
  • 4 Hatch chile, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • Corn chips, sour cream, chopped cilantro, diced avocado for topping
  • salt/pepper to taste
  1. In a Dutch oven heat olive oil to medium high heat. Add chopped onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add chopped garlic and cook until fragrant. Pour in the chicken broth and add the cumin. Place the chicken breasts in the pan. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn breasts over and cook 15 minutes more.
  2. Remove chicken breasts from broth and let cool. When able to handle, remove skin and shred chicken from the bone.
  3. To the soup, add canned tomatoes, creamed corn,spices and Hatch chile. Add shredded chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Ladle soup into soup bowls, top with hand crushed corn chips, a dollop of sour cream, diced avocado and sprinkle with cilantro.

Chicken Tortilla Soup…It’s What’s For Dinner.

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  1. says

    It’d hard for me to think soup when it’s 90* outside, but this sounds so good,I may have to try it anyway. When I was a kid, Mom bought Treet rather than Spam. I smoked some a while back and it was pretty good – still tasted like Spam though. Make sure you check out my blog on Sunday.

  2. says

    I have a feeling spam isn’t really eaten anymore…except in Hawaii. So you’re not alone!

    That tortilla soup looks um. awesome! Love the avocado!

    What is something that I’ve never eaten…well I’ve never eaten SPAM. Or parsnips. I’ve never had parsnips.

  3. says

    Because it reached 90 here today, I have to confess I’m not ready for soup right now. But I love the recipe, Lea Ann, and have copied it. The last bowl of tortilla soup I had was in Cozumel. It was soooo good. So I’m looking forward to trying this next winter!

    As for spam. Yes, I’ve had it. Yes, I was served it as a child. WWII families ate it a lot. I also remember when we were in the Air Force in the 50’s someone gave me a recipe for a spam appetizer. It was served on a wooden skewer: a chunk of spam, chunk of dill pickle and chunk of cheese, alternating. Ugh.

  4. says

    It is 93 here today with humidity to match, so soup is the farthest thing from my mind. That being said, all those cool toppings look mighty tasty.

  5. says

    Okay, you know that I eat soup no matter how hot it is. Nothing like a nice soup, especially if it’s spicy to sweat all the ick out. Sweatin’ anyway, so why not!? That said….YUM! Your version sounds great. I love the sound of the bitter orange seasoning. I’ll have to hunt that down. Thank you so much for joining me on my quest for “THE” Tortilla Soup. You Rock 😉

    • says

      I’m not sure this is “THE” tortilla soup, but it’s really good. When I heated it up for left overs, I put the broken tortilla chips in the bottom of the bowl and then ladles the broth over. Liked that better.

  6. says

    I just watched the movie last night. And have to agree – it’s never too hot for comfort food! And this looks fantastic! I’ve never eaten any of those things you mentioned – or snails, mussels, or raw clams.

  7. says

    Oooh, you must have been getting vibes… I’ve been longing for tortilla soup! I’ve never eaten Spam before. Or Okra, which here in Texas is something close to blasphemy~

  8. says

    I have loved tortilla soup from the very first taste back in Texas. I know I want to try your recipe because you have included in it my favorite things: it sounds fantastic. I jut hope I can find poblanos in Beirut!

  9. Pam says

    I have never eaten Spam either, but do you remember Mr. Beasley down on the corner? His daughter was my best friend, we tore up that dirt road walking between our houses….when I walked up the path to their house he would always say, “Here comes Pam, I think I’ll have some SPAM.” May he rest in peace.

  10. says

    I’ll have to save this recipe for the Fall. It is WAY TOO HOT to eat soup here. It was 87 degrees at 8:30 this morning and HUMID! I would swear that I live on the sun.

  11. says

    Hey!! I’m back, finally!! I wish I’d known about the throwdown – I make a mean (as in SPICY) tortilla soup myself. I will love trying some of your ingredients next time I make a batch because yours looks and sounds delicious!
    There are very few foods I haven’t tried. I’ve never had the nerve to eat any kind of bug (that I know of), but I’ve eaten some stuff that’s just as strange. :)

    I hear you can skewer cubes of Spam with pineapple and grill it. Have you done anything with it?

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