I’m a big fan of soup. Easy to throw together, easy to freeze later and a healthy choice of food. My family also loves the southwestern and Mexican flavors, so I created this greasy tortilla soup to combine the two.
Healthy chicken tortilla soup
I’m about to take old favorite recipes and make them healthy. Fortunately, the soup is already a pretty healthy meal and just needs some toxins. These soups are just a few ways to support optimal health.
When you have runny nose or other mild illness, eating hot peppers is a great addition. The capsaicin in black pepper can ease the pain and is also known to support the immune system.
Bone broth is another immune-assisting meal. Contains bone broth from grass-fed sources:
- Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus
- Collagen for healthy hair, skin and nails
- Gelatin (which is a protein and contains amino acids proline and glycine)
Bone broth also calms the digestive tract so it is good for upset stomachs.
Without tortillas, a chicken tortilla soup would not be the same. But my family does not eat cereals (except occasionally white rice), so I had to find an alternative to the tortilla chip. The chips I use in this recipe are made from cassava flour, so they are also meat-free and safe for most people on a self-defense diet. (And don’t worry … they are delicious!)
I don’t eat beans very often, but I know that some people can’t eat chicken tortilla soup without beans. It’s easy to add them if you want them and if you don’t you can just leave them as easy.
This recipe calls for salsa verde as part of the broth. I like this salsa because it uses a tomato instead of a tomato tomato for a slightly tangier taste and solid texture. If you don’t like salsa verde, you can use regular salsa instead. I also like this fermented salsa recipe because it contains beneficial bacteria and digestive enzymes in the diet.
A typical Saturday dinner
I’m a huge fan of eating dishes, instant dish recipes, or other dinner ideas that make cooking quick and easy (and even better if cleaning is short!). This chicken tortilla soup recipe meets the bill.
The instant dish only takes a few minutes, so it can be ready to eat after a long day. You can throw it in the crock pot in the morning and cook dinner until everyone comes home at night.
It’s also easy to freeze (leave the toppings on again until heated again). Let the soup cool and measure 2 cups into a freezer container of choice (I like to use glass). Freeze for up to two months.
Here’s how to make it!
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Chicken tortilla soup made with roasted salsa word, black beans, and many veggies.
In an instant pot, combine the chicken, onion, garlic, salsa verde, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, cilantro, chili powder, and salt.
Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes with high pressure release when time runs out.
Turn on the saute function and stir in black beans, bell peppers and zucchini.
Stir occasionally until the bell peppers and zucchini are soft.
Top with optional topping and enjoy!
Make it easy to cook on the crock pot or stove using the same method as above, boil until the chicken is cooked. The minimum cooking time for crockpot is about 4-6 hours, or boiling the stove for 20-30 minutes.
Service: 2Cup | Calories: 222.62kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.02Yes | Protein: 17.65Yes | Fat: 12.78Yes | Fats fat: 3.47Yes | Cholesterol: 54.43Magra | Sodium: 767.07Magra | Potassium: 521.29Magra | Fiber: 1.17Yes | Sugar: 5.04Yes | Vitamin A: 1122.17IU | Vitamin C: 35.59Magra | Calcium: 29.54Magra | Iron: 1.51Magra
Want more Southwest inspired recipes?
My family loves Southwestern flavors, so we regularly incorporate one of these recipes into our food rotation.
- Tax Max Lettuce Tacos – I’m always looking to add more vegetables to my family’s meal. This recipe is an easy way to do it!
- Huevos Rancheros – This traditional Mexican breakfast is so easy to make. I discovered this delicious meal in Texas and made it at home ever since.
- Mexican beef and rice bowls – Very easy to make, this recipe is at the top of my list for easy Saturday night recipes. It’s easy to customize each person’s preferences with different topping options.
- Chipotle Style Brightow Bowl – Since we don’t eat cereals, I have to offer flexible ways to serve Mexican and Southwest cuisine. This Brighto Bowl is an example (and it tastes like eating Chipotle!).
- Paleo Tax – Macrosal – If you want Southwestern flavors but the farm is easy to cook and serve, try this casserole version.
I love that Mexican and Southwest cuisine is easy, but full of flavor!
What is your favorite chicken tortilla soup recipe?