Tortilla Soup – Jen Tilley

One of my all-time favorite meals is a crusty deli sandwich with a warm bowl of homemade soup. I love dunking the crunchy bread into the soup to soften its edges and to merry all of the flavors in one bite.

To me, this meal is comforting on so many levels. It brings me back to my childhood and it also keeps me nice and warm, especially during these chilly winter months.

Making homemade soup can seem a bit daunting at first, especially when it’s so easy to open a can and pour the contents into a saucepan. However, once you gather up enough courage to tackle a soup recipe, it usually turns out simple in the long run and you can enjoy it for days.

I love playing with the flavors of homemade chicken noodle soup, experimenting with tomatoes in a tomato bisque and chopping vegetable to add to this simple Tortilla Soup recipe.

When it comes to Mexican or TexMex food, you can guarantee I’ll be the first in line to pile my plate high. That is why it comes as no surprise that I took my love for soup and combined it with Mexican-inspired flavors to create this Tortilla Soup.

It’s simple to prepare and it cooks in a matter of minutes. If you have tortilla chips, guacamole and sour cream on hand, you will have yourself a pot of flavorful soup that the whole family will enjoy.

Tortilla Soup


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 3/4 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add bell pepper, onion and cumin. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  2. Stir in chicken broth, salsa and corn. Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper (to taste).
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add tortilla strips. Cook/fry until the strips are light brown and crisp. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain. Sprinkle tortillas with salt.
  4. Place a few tortilla strips and cheese into a bowl and pour soup over top. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and tortilla strips. Repeat with remaining bowls.

I’ve had the pleasure of writing this guest post for The Confident Mom. You can find this recipe and more at!

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