I want to start off my saying this is NOT my recipe! It is from one of those old church cookbooks you used to get where people submit their most favorite recipes (that they didn’t come up with either). My mom doesn’t have the cookbook anymore but I do remember it was internationally themed and the recipe across from this one included camels and whole chickens…This is our go-to, super easy Tortilla Soup recipe. Like, SO easy. But it is SO delicious. I’m not a fan of soup. But this one is flavorful, not too spicy and can be dressed up anyway you like it. It is the perfect, fast weeknight meal.
Yup, this is it. This is all you need to make the world’s best tortilla soup. The star of the show is Snap-E-Tom. It can be a little hard to find but you NEED it. I’ve tried to make this without it and use other types of tomato and chile sauces. They just aren’t the same. If you are in So Cal, you can find it at Stater Bros. Pick up a few cans when you go. It lasts forever and then you have it for when you want to make this soup. You can order Snap-E-Tom here if you can’t find it at your store. Or, I found this recipe for making your own copycat version although I haven’t tried this out yet. And if I were you, I would try the recipe with Snap-E-Tom first so you know what it is supposed to taste like. I’m not a Bloody Mary drinker but I am sure this would be perfect for that as well.
The only other ingredients you need are the French Onion soup, salsa verde and some water. SO EASY!
We usually just make the soup like this but you could easily add shredded chicken to it if you wanted to bulk it up a little bit more. My oldest son is a picky eater and he loves this soup. The French Onion soup and the Snap-E-Tom give it so much depth of flavor. I’ve heard them say that on the Food Network. I’m certain this soup has it.
My mom always made homemade tortilla strips to eat in this soup but I am far too lazy for that. I use the Have’a Corn Chips and they are delicious in it! You can also use shredded jack cheese instead of the cubes but I really like how the cubes get all melty and gooey in the soup. And the cilantro is just to add a little freshness but I know not everyone likes it.
This is a great meal to make for weeknight dinner guests, or make a bunch of batches for a party. It is inexpensive and tasty. If you know the source for the original recipe, please share it with me! I searched around online but couldn’t find it anywhere!
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- 1 (11.5 oz) can Snap-E-Tom (available at Stater Bros. stores and Amazon.)
- 1 (7 oz) can green chili salsa
- 1 (10.5 oz) cans french onion soup
- 1½ cups water
- 1-2 bags Have's Corn Chips
- Approx. 2 cups jack cheese, cubed
- Cilantro optional
- In a medium saucepan combine onion soup, water, Snap-E-Tom and green chili salsa.
- Cook until bubbly.
- Gently break up some corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and add some cubed jack cheese.
- Ladle soup over the chips and cheese.
- Top with more crushed chips and cilantro, if desired.