Sopa Azteca – Tortilla Chicken Soup
This smooth pureed tortilla soup recipe (AKA Sopa Azteca) is inspired by one of my favorite restaurants in Boulder, Colorado – Centro. Dry chiles slow cooked with broth, spices, and herbs and then blended & strained. Add cooked chicken and garnish with cheese, avocado, cilantro, and tortilla strips. Mexican inspired comfort food that brings a little heat. Buy pre-made tortilla strips or make your own.
- Prep Time: 45 Minutes
- Cook Time: 1 Hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Main Dish / Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Spanish
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup onions, sliced
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 2 dry Pasilla Chile , seeded
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 lime, zested & juiced
- 3 cups (~ 1 1/4 lb) cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 1/2 cup asadero cheese, crumbled – as garnish
- 1 avocado, diced – as garnish
- 4 cups tortilla strips – as garnish
- Bring a large pot to medium high heat and add olive oil. When hot, add onions, reduce heat, cover and cook (stirring occasionally) ~ 5-7 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Stir in de-seeded Pasilla Chile , cumin, coriander, bay leaf, and salt. Cook ~2-3 minutes and add cilantro, broth, tomatoes, lime zest, and lime juice.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer ~ 45 minutes. Immersion blend or place in a blender until soup is smooth. Strain any solids out of the soup and ladle into bowls. Top with cooked chicken and garnish with cheese, avocado, and tortilla strips.
- Add salt to taste. Happy soupin’! Beckie
- Substitute 1 Tbsp powdered chile if you can’t find any dried Mexican chiles.
- Substitute any crumbly cheese if you can’t find asadero, or use sour cream.
- Have some extra cilantro? Throw that on as a garnish as well!
Things In My Kitchen:
- Immersion Blender – blends soup fast and cleans up easy.
- Blender – purees soup finer than an immersion blender.
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Keywords: Sopa Azteca, Chicken Soup, Tortilla Soup, Chicken, Gluten Free