Making soups may have once been an all-day affair, but here's a great example of how a few choice convenience products can renovate an old favorite for our modern, hectic lives. Some frozen vegetables, a few canned tomatoes and canned broth--and voila! a Tex-Mex favorite in minutes.

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Recipe Summary

35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. Add pepper-onion mix and cumin to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, pepper and lime juice; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes more. Return the chicken and any accumulated juice to the pot and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in cilantro. Serve topped with the toasted tortilla strips and cheese.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without the tortilla strips, for up to 2 days. Top with toasted tortilla strips just before serving.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 34.7g; carbohydrates 21g; dietary fiber 4.5g; sugars 6.4g; fat 11.3g; saturated fat 3.8g; cholesterol 74.6mg; vitamin a iu 979.4IU; vitamin c 39.5mg; folate 24.9mcg; calcium 287.7mg; iron 2.7mg; magnesium 60.1mg; potassium 646mg; sodium 803.6mg; thiamin 0.7mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Excellent Healthy Stick to You Soup! I added a can of black beans that were rinsed and a cup of fresh corn - Loved it! I season my chicken with some blackening seasoning and sauted it up and then the veggies in the same oil and seasoning. Yummy!! Pros: Simple fast easy very flavorful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a very quick easy and tasty soup. I added about a cup of southwestern frozen vege. mix when I put the chicken back in the 2nd time. I also added a sprinkle of Adobo seasoning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I make my life easy by having cooked chicken in the freezer and just adding it to this recipe. It is so delicious on a cool or cold day. My family loves this soup. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this soup!! I make it all the time and eveyone just cant get enough of it. One of the best soups I have ever had!!! Two thumbs up Read More