It's officially spring, but the weather has been a little uncooperative this year! It's still so chilly in the Philadelphia area. Although I'm looking forward to the warmer weather, more chilly weather does means at least one good thing: I can still enjoy my soup!
A few weeks ago, I tried Chick-fil-A's tortilla soup for the first time. I believe it's a limited time item? I've tasted other tortilla soups and have to say that I wasn't a big fan so I didn't have really high hopes. I was pleasantly surprised! Their version is much creamier than other versions I've tried and it is spicy without being too spicy. It's also heavy on the beans, kind of like a chicken chili - I really enjoyed it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much so that I set out to recreate the soup at home, especially since I'm trying to add more fiber rich foods to my diet.
I didn't have much luck finding a copycat recipe online so I created my own version and was really happy with the results. I purchased a small bowl from Chick-fil-A to do a side-by-side taste test after my version was finished. My husband also tried both versions and was very complimentary.
Although they tasted quite similar, the homemade soup was much more flavorful and had a much "fresher" taste compared to the fast food version. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising.
This soup is comfort food that's actually healthy. Yay! Now, that's definitely a good thing!
Although I opted to eat the soup plain, it would be even better topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and/or tortilla strips. And if time, allows make a quick and easy homemade chicken stock to include in this soup and make sure to make extra for freezing!
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chicken tortilla soup
- 32 ounces White beans (Northern or Navy), (2 cans), drained and rinsed
- 1 cup Black beans (about ½ can) drained and rinsed
- 1 cup Corn (about ½ can)
- 4.5 ounces Green chili peppers diced (1 small can)
- 3 cups Chicken broth up to 4 cups
- ½ large Red bell pepper finely diced
- 1 medium Celery stick finely diced
- 1 medium Onion , 1 medium, finely diced
- 2 cloves Garlic finely minced (or 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
- 2 tablespoon Canola oil
- 4 tablespoon Sour cream
- 4 tablespoon Corn flour (Masa - see photo), 4 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon Salt or to taste
- 2 tablespoon Chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- 2 tablespoon Fresh lemon juice
- 2 small Chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- Tortilla chips , optional to serve
- In a large dutch oven, heat canola oil over medium high heat and add onion, celery and garlic and heat until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes
- Add white beans, black beans, corn, green chilis, bell pepper, and chicken broth to the pot and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add sour cream and continue heating for 1 minute
- Add corn flour, salt, chili powder, cumin, and lemon juice and continue heating for 15 minutes
- Check seasonings, adding more if needed.
- Add shredded chicken and continue cooking until chicken is heated, about 2 more minutes
- Serve with tortilla strips/chips (optional)
I have everything that I need except the Mass. Is there a substitution or what happens if I leave it out?
I would say maybe use cornmeal in its place? I think a reader used cornchips...the corn flour (masa) thickens it up so I wouldn’t skip it.
I put the oil and chili powder and 1/2c broth in instant pot and cooked for 16 min on manual. Removed and proceeded with the steps she has listed. For second step I cooked on manual 30 minutes, it might not have needed that long but I had a double batch going. Then I did the rest of the soup just using simmer. I'm not an IP expert so there might be a better way to do it. I just really wanted to infuse the flavor into that chicken breast and it did.
Made this for my Bible study group and it was a huge hit! Made exactly according to recipe. I've had other CTS recipes that were good but this one is AMAZING!
I made it in my instant pot doing the steps as close as I could to the recipe directions. Perfect!
This looks great! Could anyone provide instant pot or slow cooker instructions?
I thought this was good, but not the same as CFA - not as creamy and definitely not as spicy.
But, the best of the copy cat recipes available.
I will keep the recipe & make again, but will still need to visit CFA for the real thing!
I usually do not write reviews of recipes I try because I change the ingredients to our tastes. But i made this as written with the exception of all the chili powder. I just used a little less than two teaspoons. This soup is awesome! I think it is actually better than chick filet soup.thank you for posting this. Now I don't have to go spend five dollars for a bowl of my favorite soup! Can't wait to try some of your other recipes. Even my husband who does not like soup, ate a whole bowl.
That's great! I love a good soup too! And I always change recipes too so I know what you mean...although I don't for baked goods.
Most excellent recipe.
I LOVE this soup!! Pretty darn close to Chick-fil-a's. This recipe is definitely a keeper
We had a CFA open near us in Dec. and I tried their Tortilla Soup and I was in love. I stop there every week at least once a week to have this soup. So I decided I have to make it. Went online and found several recipes and yours seems like the closest to the real thing and after reading the reviews, I will definitely be using your recipe.
Made this the other day and it was delicious! Followed recipe with just a little extra spice. Will definitely be making again, thanks for a great recipe!
Thanks, Kristee! We have been having cold weather - perfect time for this soup.
This is my favorite copycat recipe. All of the others I have tried have been a pinterest fail, but this one is my favorite thing that I cook ever! My husband even likes it and he doesn't eat soup!
You hit it out of the park with this recipe! Perfection! We have a Chick fil A here and this taste the same! Thank you for helping me look good in the kitchen.
I, too, am a fan of Chick fil A Tortilla Soup, and look for it every fall, and am disappointed when its gone in the spring ! This recipe is an excellent replica of it. Thanks for sharing !
I love CFA's chicken tortilla soup and I plan to try this recipe soon! I was wondering why lemon juice instead of lime? Have you ever made it with lime juice? Sorry to question - it's just that southwestern recipes usually call for the lime. Thoughts appreciated! Thanks!
Hi Rayna - I think lime would be work well, but given the small amount I'm not sure that there'd be a big difference. I used lemon because I usually have them on hand but if you have limes, I'd say go for it!
That makes sense! Thanks so much for responding to my question!
This was so easy to put together and tastes better than Chick Fil A's version! Thank you!!!
I just made this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing...it is absolutely delicious...and better that the CFA version. Yum!!!
Kelly Wood says
Wow. This recipe is amazing. I cooked 4 frozen chicken breasts in 1 c. chicken broth and 2 T. chili powder for 6 hours in the Crock Pot, then cut it up and added it to your recipe. The only thing I changed was adding HOT green chili peppers. Love this recipe!!
Ooooh! I think I'd like the addition of hot green chili peppers too! Great tip
This recipe is so good! My family kept wanting more! I love that I can now have my favorite chicken tortilla soup right at home. It's delicious
My husband made this last week and everyone loved it so much I made it again this evening. I also agree with the other ladies, I think this is way better than CFA's. My boys that don't like soup even at 2 bowls. Thanks for sharing.
Made this tonight with a vegetarian twist...used vegetable broth and didn't add chicken. It is fantastic! Will also make with chicken... really great interpretation! Even better!