Sopa Azteca – Tortilla Chicken Soup

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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.

  • Author: beckie
  • 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!

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Keywords: Sopa Azteca, Chicken Soup, Tortilla Soup, Chicken, Gluten Free

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