Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbs chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked diced or shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • sour cream at the table


  • Heat the oil and cook the onion, garlic, jalapeno, salt, cumin and coriander for 5-10 minutes until the onions are golden. Watch the heat so the onions and garlic don't brown. You just want them golden.  
  • Stir in the tomato paste and heat another minute or two. Add the chicken broth and simmer 20 minutes. 
  • Add the chopped or shredded chicken and simmer another 5 minutes or so. Timing's not crucial. Add the cilantro and lime juice, stir, and turn the heat off. Cover and let sit until the rest of your dinner's done!
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with bowls of tortilla chips, chopped avocados and sour cream so everyone can add what they like!