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Friday, April 3

Aaron and Lindsay’s Chicken Tortilla Soup Extravaganza

Remember Lindsay?  I think it’s about time I start sharing some of her recipes with you!

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Today it’s Aaron and Lindsay’s Chicken Tortilla Soup Extravaganza! I’m going to start adding the word “Extravaganza” to the end of all my recipes.  It’s just so festive! (Aaron is Lindsay’s husband, by the way…who is one of the maybe five male commenters on this site.  Thanks, Aaron!)

Lindsay actually fries up her own tortilla strips for the soup. She is WAY more gourmet than I am.

Lindsay has the most beautiful spices.  She puts them all in matching containers.  And how cute is her bowl of salt?  I always feel like I’m in the audience of a cooking show at her house.

I no longer live next door to Lindsay.  I so miss our afternoons of her cooking and me photographing.  Those were the days… 🙂

And now, for the recipe!

Aaron and Lindsay’s Chicken Tortilla Soup Extravaganza
A little spicy and a lot delicious!
Recipe type: Main Dishes, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ bag frozen corn
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 lime (one extra for garnish)
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 4-5 corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • cheddar or jack cheese, shredded
  • sour cream
  1. Sautee onion in olive oil until soft, then add garlic, green onions, cayenne, chili powder, and cumin. Sautee until fragrant (a minute or two). Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Add tomatoes, corn, black beans.
  2. Grill up chicken spiced with cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. (You can also pan-fry it, but it won’t add the smokiness that the bbq does). Cut up or shred chicken and add it to the soup. Try the soup and add more seasonings according to taste, if needed. Add lime juice and cilantro.
  3. In large fry pan over medium-high heat, crisp up tortilla strips. Add salt. You may do this with oil or cooking spray. (For a shortcut, use tortilla chips instead).
  4. Serve soup garnished with avocado, cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips, fresh cilantro, and a lime wedge.



  1. I’m going to make that this weekend. Looks awesome!

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    what an ingenious recipe. pure brilliance.

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  4. Looks delicious – the pictures are amazing!

  5. Love tortilla soup!

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    i also miss those afternoons of having someone to chat with while i cooked. at least my toddler speaks in sentences now, but it’s not the same, jane! my favorite photo is the one of me about to cut my fingers as i chop the tomato. i’ve since then trained myself to tuck my fingers in. (it was an accident waiting to happen).
    by the way, when fresh corn is in season, it makes this soup extra good. just cut it off the cob and let it cook in the soup a little bit. it adds such a nice touch of crunch that frozen corn can’t do.

  7. this type of soup is my personal favorite. I love saving different versions of it. Thanks for adding in another to my collection.

  8. That looks delicious! And, as always, your photos are stunning!

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    Great pictures, it looks very good and yummy.
    I’ll try it as soon as possible.

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    New to the site and think I’ll be here more often–looks scrumptuous! P.S.–What kind of tortillas are used to make the tortilla strips? I was recently looking for a bag of those everywhere–and if I knew how to just make my own!! Thanks!

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    I made this soup today and everybody loved it. It’s like a fajita, but then the soup version. Smells great, looks superb and super healthy. Thank you.

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    Jane Maynard

    wonderful! I love to hear success stories! 🙂

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    Nikki CB

    Just made this and it was a hit! So tasty.

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    Hi Jane,
    Talking of a success story… We have won a soup contest with this recipe! We called the soup ‘Mexican Anti Flu Soup’. Greetings from Belgium x

  15. I adore chicken tortilla soup. Mine is an easy crockpot dish. But for me, it’s all about the cilantro! 😉

  16. Oh this looks so good and so easy…my hubby isn’t much of a soup person, but loves Mexican food so I will give this a try!

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    Liz T

    Many thanks for this recipe! My husband and I both agreed that it was the best dish we’ve ever made at home! I only made one change, red pepper flakes instead of cayenne (only because I forgot to get it at the store). Perfect kick and plenty filling! Thank you!

    • Jane Maynard

      wow! best dish you’ve ever had at home – I’ll be sure to let aaron and lindsay know! 🙂 it really is such a wonderful soup, so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  18. I made this and it was great! Thanks!

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    Just tried this- so easy and so good!!! Love your blog!

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    Love chicken tortilla soup! Try using a rotesserie this soup a deeper flavor!

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    Mama T

    if you take out the chicken it is sill JUST AS DELICIOUS!!!

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