The Perfect Weeknight, Family Friendly Tortilla Soup Recipe

You’re tired, hungry, and have zero energy to spend an hour on the kitchen counter. That’s okay. With this flavorful tortilla soup, you don’t have to. All it takes is a couple of minutes of prep (that even your kids can help you with) and a bit more on the stove, and you’re good to go. Here’s what you’ll need and how to make this quick, healthy, and inexpensive dinner soup.

The Perfect Weeknight, Family Friendly Tortilla Soup Recipe
The Perfect Weeknight, Family Friendly Tortilla Soup Recipe

What Is Tortilla Soup & Its Main Ingredients

Tortilla soup is spiced but not too spicy Mexican chicken soup that is packed with flavors that pamper the taste buds. It’s traditionally made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and chilies, but variations are also widely available. Today’s recipe is really simple and perfect for weeknights with the family when you’re short on time and energy.

These are the three main ingredients you’ll need:

  1. A can of fire-roasted tomatoes — Being roasted really adds a lot of depth to the soup base.
  2. A store-bought rotisserie chicken — It not only saves a ton of time but also brings a delicious smoky flavor to the recipe.
  3. A can of enchilada sauce — For that rich roasted flavor, you absolutely need this zero-effort ingredient.

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The Perfect Weeknight, Family Friendly Tortilla Soup Recipe

How to Make This Delicious Tortilla Soup

Although not the most authentic way to prepare tortilla soup, this is a shortened, weeknight- and family-friendly way to do it.

Step 1

Take the chicken and remove all the meat from it. Be sure to keep the bones for stock. It’s a fun idea to ask your kids to help and include them in the process.

Step 2

Chop the zucchini, garlic, and onion (plus other veggies of your choice).

Step 3

Put everything into a big pot and add the spices, chilies, and canned tomatoes. Let it simmer until ready and stir occasionally.

 Tortilla Soup
The Perfect Weeknight, Family Friendly Tortilla Soup Recipe

Step 4

Sit back and snack on tortilla chips while the soup simmers. It’s not a mandatory step, but it’s highly recommended.