Chicken Tortilla Soup ( Sopa Azteca)

 A perfect blend of tender chicken with a light broth, and a kick from onions, garlic, chilies, and hot pepper.
Sopa Azteca is the perfect comfort food for those cold days in the fall and winter months.

Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)
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Although the exact origin of Chicken Tortilla soup (Sopa Azteca) is unknown, it is known that it comes from the Mexico City area in Mexico.

I love good home-style Mexican cooking, and there is no dish more comforting in Mexican cuisine than tortilla soup.
For me, tortilla soup combines all the wonderful flavors of Mexico into one bowl of soul-satisfying goodness. 


What ingredients are in Sopa Azteca (Chicken Tortilla Soup)

  • Chicken: Shredded home-cooked chicken breast, or leftover chicken or turkey. Want to save a rotisserie chicken and shred it.
  • Tomatoes: If you prefer fresh tomatoes, you can roast about 5 tomatoes and one anaheim chile pepper. Canned fire-roasted diced tomatoes with chile are for those who want it quick.

  • Chile Peppers: Serrano pepper can be replaced by jalapeƱo pepper.  Dried pasilla chile can be replaced with dried ancho chile.

  • Corn: Canned corn, frozen corn, or corn right off the cob all works for this recipe. Don't like corn? replace with black beans, drained, and rinsed.

  • Chicken broth: Vegetable broth could be used instead of chicken broth. 

  • This recipe is easy to throw together and one that I always make on weeknights. The leftovers are fantastic and can be stored frozen for quick & easy lunch or dinner later in the month.

    How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

    • Prepare your chicken and shred it. Set aside.
    • Blend tomatoes and pepper in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
    • Place 2 tbsp. of oil in a skillet, add the pasilla chiles: cook and stir for 1 minute or until lightly toasted. Remove the chiles to a paper towel with a slotted spoon; transfer the chiles to the blender along with the tomatoes and blend for 20 seconds.
    • In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic in the remaining oil(add more if needed) on medium-high heat until tender. Add tomato mixture; cook and stir over medium heat for 10 minutes or until very thick.
    • Add the broth, corn,  oregano, and chicken; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    • Top with your favorite toppings like avocado slices, cilantro, diced green onions, or crumbled cotija cheese.

    How to Store Sopa Azteca/Chicken Tortilla Soup

    This chicken tortilla soup recipe will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container. To reheat, pour into a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until warmed through.

    Wide mouth-style jars are preferred when freezing soup because they are easier to fill and less likely to break with expansion. Do not overfill jars. Leave 1-2 inches of room for headspace so you'll have room for expansion. Frozen jars of soup can stay fresh best for 3-4 months in the freezer.

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