It is officially time to start making soup! The cool weather is ideal, and with busy fall schedules in full swing, a quick and nutritious soup is the perfect thing for dinner. My favorite soups are ones with toppings! Shredded cheese, creamy avocado, and crunchy tortilla chips just make a bowl of soup more fun. This Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my go-to’s because of its nutrition and the fun toppings!
This recipe is pretty simple. The only step that takes a bit of time is the roasting of the poblano peppers, but I promise it is worth it!
To save time, I buy a rotisserie chicken and quickly shred it while the vegetables are softening. But, you can also easily roast a couple of chicken breasts in the oven. Just roast them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
- 2 small to medium poblano peppers
- 1 medium jalapēno, diced (with or without the seeds)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 12 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of chili powder (or to your taste)
- juice of 1 lime
- salt and pepper
- Preheat broiler to high. Place poblano peppers on a rimmed backing sheet and put underneath broiler. Once the skin of the peppers begins to blister and char, rotate to the other side to create an even char. Once both sides are charred, remove the peppers from the oven, place in a bowl, cover with a dish towel to cool.
- While the peppers are in the broiler, heat olive oil in a medium sized soup pot. Add onions, garlic, and a tsp. of salt and sauté until they start to soften (2-3 mins). Add diced jalapēno and continue to sauté until all the vegetables are soft, another 2-3 minutes.
- Once the peppers are cool enough to handle, remove the outer charred skin and seeds from the inside. Roughly slice the peppers into long strips.
- Add the pepper, the tomatoes, spices, and chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, add the shredded chicken, and simmer for 10 mins.
- Right before serving, add lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
My favorite toppings:
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Monterey jack cheese
- Tortilla chips
- Cilantro or parsley
I always make big batch of soups so I can freeze any leftovers. On cold, winter evenings when the sun has already set, pulling a soup out of the freezer and slowly heating it up makes for a perfect dinner!