My sister laughs at me when I tell her I’m making dinner. Most of my recipes call for opening cans, pouring them in a pan and heating them up. While she may not think that is “cooking” I’ve perfected the art of serving my family a delicious dinner with very little effort. This Tortilla Soup Recipe is one of the whole family’s favorite cool weather dinners. I always write about stuff I love and think you’ll like too. This post contains affiliate partnerships, so I may get a share of the revenue from your purchase. I’m saving that revenue to put my kids through college. But sometimes I go to Starbucks…
Our Favorite Tortilla Soup Recipe
I want to start off by saying this tortilla soup is NOT my recipe! It’s 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 also, SO delicious. I’m not a fan of soup. But this one is flavorful, not too spicy and can be dressed up any way 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 chili sauces. They just aren’t the same.
If you are in So Cal, you can find it at Stater Bros grocery store. 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.
The only other ingredients you need are the French Onion soup, salsa verde, and some water. SO EASY!
How to Make Tortilla Soup
Open the cans and pour them into the pan.For real. Do NOT skip the Snap-E-Tom. Then you just heat it through until bubbly. That’s it. Stupid 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 easy Tortilla Soup 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! And I’d kind of be into seeing the recipe that calls for camels again too.
Printable Recipes for Tortilla Soup
- 1 (11.5 oz) can Snap-E-Tom (available at Stater Bros. stores and Amazon.)
- 1 (7 oz) can green chili salsa
- 2 (10.5 oz) cans french onion soup
- 1 1/2 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.
Sometimes Snap-E-Tom can be hard to find. You can substitute with V-8 juice and the juice from a small (4 oz) can of diced green chiles. A can of Snap-E-Tom is 11.5 oz. so try to substitute a similar amount.
Amount Per Serving Calories 568Total Fat 33gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 36mgSodium 1055mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 18g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.
This really is the easiest, most delicious, easy tortilla soup recipe ever! If you want to make Chicken Tortilla Soup in a crockpot, try this recipe! Or try this Chicken Tortilla Soup with Zucchini and Black Beans.
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