Roasted Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup

Predictable with Hatch chiles, 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 Roasted Green Chile Chicken Tortilla soup on the Ranch.

Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic diced
  • 2 chicken breasts bone in, skin on
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes undrained
  • 1/2 can Rotel tomatoes undrained
  • 15 ounce can cream corned
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chamayo Chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon 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.

Recipe Notes

Chimayo Chile Powder can be difficult to find, so please don't let that stop you from making this recipe. You can simply substitute Ancho Chile Powder, which is a milder version of red chile powder and if you're after the heat of Chimayo, add in a pinch of cayenne.

We're lucky out here in the West, we have easy access to Hatch Chile Peppers. If you can't find them, or other varieties of roasted chile peppers in the freezer section of your grocery store, check the Mexican Food aisle for canned roasted chile.