Healthy Mexican Soup Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Mexican soup recipes including tortilla, chicken and meatball soup. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Rating: 5 stars 4
Corn tortillas thicken this chicken enchilada soup, but Cheddar and cream cheese give it the richness you'd expect from an enchilada. Serve it with something fresh and crunchy like a jicama slaw dressed with a little olive oil and lime juice for a healthy dinner that will appeal to the whole family.

 Spicy Weight-Loss Cabbage Soup

Rating: 5 stars 33
Based on a popular weight-loss plan, this healthy cabbage soup recipe gets tons of flavor and a metabolism-boosting kick from spicy chiles.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Bean & Beef Taco Soup

Rating: 5 stars 4
This taco soup is filled with quintessential taco ingredients and flavors—from two types of hearty beans, to corn and ground beef—but it's the toppings that really make this soup stand out. Better yet, this healthy soup is easy to make and leftovers freeze beautifully for later.

Sopa Tarasca

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
This famous soup from the state of Michoacán in Western Mexico is often made with a base of pureed beans along with tomatoes and dried chiles, which bring a lot of the character to the dish. Here we use ancho chiles, which are sweet, earthy and relatively mild. You could also use pasillas, which have a heat level similar to anchos--or, if you like it hot, gaujillos, which also bring some smoky notes to the pot.

Taco Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
We gave the plain old taco an easy, one-bowl makeover by turning it into soup! We garnish this zippy dish with pickled jalapeños, Cheddar cheese and tortilla chips, but feel free to mix it up with any of your favorite taco toppers.
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By Hilary Meyer

Caldo Tlalpeño (Mexican Chicken Soup)

Chipotle-laced broth and thick chunks of corn on the cob are featured in this healthy, smoky chicken soup recipe. The secret to the great flavor is cooking the vegetables in the broth that's made from cooking the chicken. Serve the soup with warm corn tortillas.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Turkey Albondigas Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Albondigas, Spanish for “meatballs,” star in the traditional broth-based Mexican soup. Our version uses turkey rather than beef or pork for the meatballs, and we've pumped up the volume of fresh vegetables in the mix.

Slow-Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Rating: 5 stars 2
This stuffed pepper soup uses the slow cooker to create a flavorful, easy meal perfect for any night of the week.

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 3 stars 6
This silky-smooth butternut soup gets a hit of spice from chipotle, cloves and cumin. Adapted from Chef Jesús González, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta at Rancho La Puerta.
By Jesús González

Chipotle Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Rating: 5 stars 2
This healthy chicken and vegetable soup recipe is perfect for when you're in the mood for comfort food. The small amount of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce gives it a mild spice level. For a spicier soup, stir in up to 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers. Look for the small cans of smoked chipotle peppers in adobo sauce near other Mexican ingredients in well-stocked supermarkets. Once opened, refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Caldo Tlalpeno

Rating: 5 stars 13
Although there are many variations of this Mexican chicken soup, spicy chipotle chiles are always part of the broth. Make it a meal: Serve with a Mexican beer and cheese quesadillas.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Mexican-Style Turkey Soup
Rating: Unrated 2
Red sweet pepper, winter squash and cilantro brighten up this spicy soup, making this Mexican-inspired one-dish meal the perfect family dinner. Accompany with a fresh fruit salad and warm crusty bread.
Shredded Beef Soup with Stuffed Mini Peppers
This easy-to-make, flavorful Mexican-inspired beef soup is packed with protein to keep you feeling full and satisfied. You can prepare the Stuffed Mini Peppers as the soup is simmering on the stove or prepare them beforehand and reheat them in a warm oven just before serving.
Tortilla Soup
Rating: 5 stars 10

Here's a version of chicken tortilla soup that's both super-easy and delicious. To make it even quicker, use crumbled baked tortilla chips in place of the homemade tortilla strips and skip Steps 1-2. Serve with vinegary coleslaw, lime wedges and hot sauce.