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Tortilla soup is a hearty and flavorful Mexican-inspired soup made with a blend of savory spices, diced tomatoes, and tender chicken or turkey.

Turkey Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Soup

It is typically served with a variety of toppings such as crunchy tortilla strips, avocado, cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro. This soup is easy to make and can be customized to your preference. Whether you prefer a spicy kick or a more mild flavor, you can adjust the seasonings to suit your taste. Tortilla soup is a perfect meal for a cold day, and it is sure to satisfy your hunger and warm your soul.

Turkey Tortilla Soup

What Is Tortilla Soup?

Tortilla soup is a Mexican-inspired soup made with a tomato base most commonly with chicken but you can use turkey or beef if you prefer. It is simmered with spices and topped with crispy tortilla strips.

What to serve with tortilla soup

There are many delicious sides that go well with this soup. Some ideas include:

  • Avocado or guacamole: These add a creamy and refreshing element to the soup.
  • Cheese: Grated cheese, such as cheddar or Monterey Jack, adds flavor and texture to the soup.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro adds a burst of fresh flavor to the soup.
  • Tortilla chips or strips: These add a crunchy texture to the soup. You can also use them to scoop up the soup.
  • Sour cream: This adds a tangy flavor to the soup.
  • Lime wedges: Squeeze a little lime juice over the soup for a burst of citrus flavor.
  • Salsa: This adds a spicy kick to the soup.
  • Rice: A side of rice goes well with the soup, especially if you prefer a heartier meal.
  • Beans: Adding beans, such as black beans or kidney beans, to the soup makes it even more filling.
  • Corn: Fresh or canned corn adds a sweet and crunchy element to the soup.

Feel free to mix and match these sides to create the perfect accompaniment to your soup.


Tortilla Soup

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Tortilla Soup

5 from 9 votes
This delicious and easy Tortilla Soup is a great way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey or chicken.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: mexican inspired
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced thin (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 quart chicken or turkey stock 4 cups
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken or turkey meat about 13 ounces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • chopped fresh cilantro for topping
  • Additional toppings: sliced avocado Greek yogurt, sour cream, shredded cheddar or jack cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a 3-quart or larger pot, heat the oil over medium. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, and oregano and cook, stirring often until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and the stock, raise the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • While the soup is simmering, brush each tortilla with the oil, then stack on a cutting board. Cut the tortilla stack in half, then into 1/2-inch wide strips.
  • Arrange the strips on a sheet pan in a single layer (you may need to use more than one pan, or bake in rounds.) Season the strips with a few pinches of salt and bake until golden and crispy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the chicken or turkey meat to the soup pot and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 5 minutes to heat the turkey meat.
  • To serve, top the soup with a handful of tortilla strips and cilantro, plus optional avocado, sour cream and cheese.

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Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 246 kcal, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 17 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 46 mg, Sodium: 593 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 4 g


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13 comments on “Tortilla Soup”

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    Keyko Davidson

    This is a keeper! The only thing I changed was to double the Turkey (I like to have 25 grams of protein at a minimum) and a can of drained & rinsed black beans. Delish!

  2. Made this yesterday and served it today, absolutely delicious! I added some corn, chiles and a broken up tortilla to thicken it a bit. Great use of leftover turkey.

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    George Weinstein

    A new favorite that makes me want to have turkey much more often so we can enjoy this soup! I added a 1/2 cup of corn. Next time, I’ll use the other reviewers’ suggestions, too, to make a great recipe even better.

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    Cindi Richardson

    This soup is so delicious and so easy to make. I will be making this all winter. I added a cup of corn but otherwise followed her recipe exactly. Garnish with the corn chips, avocado, fresh jalapeños, cheese, cilantro, and sour cream. It’s better that some restaurant versions I’ve had. 

  5. This was so good and a perfect way to use up the rest of the turkey. I didn’t have any corn tortillas so I just served this with tortilla chips. I also only had a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes and used it all and it turned out just fine. Served with a squeeze of lime and all the toppings. My family loved it!

  6. This was fantastic! I did add two minced chipotles from a can for extra spiciness and smokiness. Otherwise followed the recipe. It was just delicious, and will now displace enchiladas as my favorite way to use up leftover turkey!  Picky hubs loved it too.

    1. The chipotle pepper was a great call. I added 3/4 of a minced chipotle pepper and a can of rinsed black beans with the turkey, and I added some lime zest and the remaining chipotle pepper to some sour cream. A great way to change up the thanksgiving leftover flavors!!

  7. Is something off with the measurements? Adding four cups of broth doesn’t make enough soup for how many servings it says it will make. It made a very thick soup. Maybe 2-3cups worth. 

  8. This was great! We have SO much leftover turkey from thanksgiving and this was a fresh way to use some of it up. I added a can of black beans (rinsed) and a can of green chilies. Big hit for the family!