A broke student recipe: tortilla soup

Even though the weather is getting warmer, tortilla soup will always be a good go-to recipe, especially if you have just a little time and a lot of people to feed. This simple recipe requires only six ingredients but is sure to be full of flavor.

Tortilla Soup
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sattley at carlsbadcravings.com


2 cups unsalted chicken broth

1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes

2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken

1 package taco seasoning

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup crushed tortilla chips

optional: refried beans


  1. In a saucepan, pour in the broth. Then add the tomatoes, chicken and taco seasoning. Heat the stovetop over medium-high heat to boiling.
  2. Cover the saucepan then reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes and stir occasionally to properly mix the ingredients.
  3. Serve the soup, topped off with cheese and tortilla chips.

If you like spicy food, add a couple of drops of your favorite hot sauce!

Alternative Steps:

If you prefer to cook your own chicken, here are some easy steps to achieve rotisserie-style chicken.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the seasonings, mix a tablespoon of salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika with a dash of cayenne.
  3. For the chicken, you can use a full chicken or chicken breasts. I personally prefer cooking with chicken breasts, because they require less cooking time. Brush the chicken breasts with oil or melted butter before sprinkling the seasoning generously over the chicken. Rub the spices in and brush off the excess seasoning.
  4. Add the chicken on a parchment-covered sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.

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