Winter Warm Up: Chicken Tortilla Soup

As soon as it gets cold, I am programmed to make Chicken Tortilla Soup. It’s easy, filling and yum.

It makes a lot (don’t worry – it freezes well.) It’s perfect for company, or when games are on, or decorating for Christmas. Really any night where I don’t want to worry about checking the oven, what’s on the stove, or how long something’s been cooking. Not only is it easy to make – the clean up is minimal.

I often prepare it during nap time (afternoon for most folks) and leave it on the stove until dinnertime. I start by throwing the chicken in the oven. While the chicken is cooking, I prepare everything else and clean up. Once the chicken is finished, let it cool. Then chop or shred it. Throw it in – done!

This recipe can be found in an old copy of the St. X cookbook (it was submitted by a mother of 4 boys, who also has a Brooks. I started making this long before I had my own gaggle of boys – maybe a little foreshadowing of what was to come.) The cookbooks are no longer available, but the recipe is below!


The Ingredients: easy to grab at the store, easy to prepare at home.


For those like me, who prefer a visual of the portions, here’s the chicken.


  • 6-8 chicken breasts (or 2-3 lbs), cooked and chopped or shredded
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning mix
  • 2 envelopes Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans yellow corn, undrained
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, undrained
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans black beans, undrained
  • 1 (32-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (15-ounce) can water
  • 1 large onion, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Bake chicken, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes
  • Open all cans
  • Pour cans, undrained, into large pot and stir
  • Fill one can with water and add water
  • Add dry ingredients, stir
  • Add onion, stir
  • Add chicken, stir
  • Bring to a boil, stir
  • Simmer for an hour or longer, stirring occasionally

Serving suggestions: Can be served with tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and / or sour cream, but I don’t think those things are needed for this to be good.


This yummy recipe feeds a crowd but also requires a large pot.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any favorite or go-to winter recipes!


4 thoughts on “Winter Warm Up: Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. Sarah says:

    Yum! My mom has a similar recipe with ground beef/turkey that I usually throw in the crock pot but I like the idea of chicken and leaving it on the stove all day.


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