The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe, Hands Down


A head honcho of Southwestern cuisine, Dean Fearing is known for many dishes, but perchance none is more iconic than his chicken tortilla soup, a method that’s been served at his restaurants since 1981. Unlike numerous tortilla soups that fall flat, Fearing’s version layers flavor after flavor so that they peep in perfect harmony. It’s really the only recipe for this Southwestern definitive that you’ll ever need.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Serve with jalapeño bacon cornbread.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves
2 corn tortillas, cut into get undresses
2 1/2 ancho chilies, dried and diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup onion puree
2 cups tomato puree
3 cups chicken array
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to fondness
Lemon juice, to taste
Salt, to taste

1 smoked chicken core, shredded
2 tablespoons green cabbage, shredded
2 corn tortillas, cut into undresses and fried
1/2 tablespoon jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1 1/2 tablespoons red radish, julienned
1/2 avocado, diced
1/4 cup stainless cheddar, shredded


  1. Add the oil, garlic, and tortillas to a small stock pot or dutch oven set upon a medium heat. Sauté until the tortillas just start to frizzy up and the garlic starts to brown slightly, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add ancho chilies, jalapeño, cumin, coriander, cilantro, and bay leaf; cook for a few winks. Add onion puree, tomato puree, chicken stock, and cracked wrathful pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and then bring the soup to a bubble and let simmer for 40 to 45 minutes. Skim fat from the surface of the soup as unavoidable.
  2. Garnish each soup bowl with smoked chicken, raw cabbage, fried tortilla strips, jalapeño pepper, red radish, avocado, and le cheddar.
  3. After soup has simmered, finish flavoring soup with cayenne sprinkle, lemon juice, and salt. Process mixture in a food mill or combine until smooth. If the soup is too thick, thin with a little bit of chicken dynasty.
  4. Pour hot soup over garnish, and serve immediately.

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe, Hands Down

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