Soup’s On: Tomato and Jalapeno Chilaquiles (or Chicken Tortilla Soup)

A bowl of soup topped with yogurt and cilantro
Don't leave off the yogurt! It's really a terrific way to top it off.

This soup is a delicious way to use up broken or stale tortilla chips.  (I may even like it better than taco casserole.)  The recipe is based on one from the The All New Joy of Cooking.


  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 quart of canned tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 chicken breast tenderloins (more or less), chopped
  • 1 pint stock
  • 8 oz. leftover tortilla chips (broken and/or stale ones are fine)
  • plain yogurt
  • chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Use a food processor to coarsely chop the jalapenos and garlic.  (If you want a less spicy version, take the seeds out of the peppers.)
  2. Add the tomatoes (with the juice) and blend until it’s coarsely pureed.
  3. In a large sauce pan with a heavy bottom, heat a Tablespoon or so of olive oil.
  4. Add the onions and chicken and cook over medium-high heat stirring frequently until the onions are soft and the chicken has changed color and begins to brown (about 10 minutes).
  5. Add the tomato mixture and cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Add the stock and reduce heat to medium-low.
  7. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Stir in tortilla chips and serve.
  9. Garnish servings with dollops of yogurt and fresh cilantro.
Finely diced peppers and garlic
With red and green peppers, it looks like Mexican confetti in the food processor!

If you have leftovers, be warned that the texture changes drastically.  The tortilla chips soak up the liquid in short order and it’s much less soup-like, but I think the flavor improves with time as the ingredients have time to mingle.

A jar of soup
I could never figure out a good way to take soup to work, until I remembered that Mason jars don't leak and are microwaveable (without the lid, of course). A pint size is perfect for a portable soup lunch.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is one of our favourites… we add fresh avocado slices too 🙂

    1. dwellrichly says:

      I’d never thought of avocado! Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

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