This Chuys tortilla soup is the perfect meal for any chilly day. Filled with chicken, veggies, garlic, and plenty of spice, this soup tastes almost just like the Chuy’s version – but healthier!
Have you eaten at Chuy’s yet? If not, here’s all the deets on this popular Tex-Mex eatery.
It’s a favorite on my husband’s side of the family. While I enjoyed it (especially their special sauces), I didn’t quite understand what all the hype was about.
That is, until I tried Chuys tortilla soup. Arguably the best soup I’ve ever put in my mouth.
Traveling from Atlanta to Kentucky during Christmas, I was sick with a stubborn virus that finally led to a fever. Thankfully, we decided to make a pit stop at Chuy’s because it was one of the only restaurants we could think of that serves soup.
It was my first time trying it, and now I know exactly what I’m ordering from now on!
It was so good, in fact, that I couldn’t wait until our next Chuy’s date to enjoy another bowl. I had to recreate it myself.
Dare I say, this copycat Chuys tortilla soup is on a level playing field with the real thing?
Chuy’s Tortilla Soup Ingredients
There are some special ingredients that make this soup extra-yummy:
- Diced avocado – this adds such a unique element that I’ve never had in soup before!
- Fresh jalepeno – spice is necessary, of course.
- Lots of veggies – carrots and celery (classics in most chicken soup recipes) are usually missing from tortilla soups. This recipe welcomes them warmly.
- Tomatoes & peppers – I used a can of mild diced tomatoes with green chiles. It’s perfect!
- Fresh lime juice – this is KEY to the soup’s flavor!
- This soup is best made on the stovetop, as sauteing the veggies is an important step. Alternatively, you could make this in an instant pot with the saute setting.
- I used meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken to simplify a step. You could also grill chicken breasts and shred, or use any type of pre-cooked chicken.
- Adjust the amount of jalapenos (or omit the seeds) if you don’t like a lot of spice.
- Use fresh cilantro if at all possible. My grocery didn’t have any (sad), so I had to settle for dried which changed the flavor profile a bit.
- My homemade bouillon cubes added an amazing flavor to this soup – but they’re optional.
- This soup can be made paleo very easily by swapping butter for oil/ghee and omitting the corn, tortilla strips, and cheese.
This Chuy's copycat tortilla chicken soup is the perfect meal for any chilly day. Filled with veggies, garlic, and plenty of spice, this soup tastes almost just like the Chuy's version - but healthier!
- 2 TBSP butter
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 jalepenos, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 cubes homemade chicken bouillon*, optional
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 can diced tomatoes w/ green chiles, 14.5 oz
- 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
- 1 lime, juiced
- avocado, diced
- cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup green onions, diced
- cilantro, chopped
- tortilla strips
- Melt butter in a stock pot on medium heat and saute onions, carrots, celery, jalapenos until onions are translucent. Add garlic during the last minute of saute time.
- Add chicken broth, corn, canned tomatoes & chiles, cumin, salt, and pepper to the pot. Boil gently until all veggies are soft, about 15-20 minutes.
- After veggies are cooked, add cooked chicken & lime juice. Add more salt to taste if needed.
- Before serving, garnish with avocado, cheese, green onions, cilantro, and tortilla strips.
*You can get the recipe for homemade chicken bouillon cubes here!
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 1744mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g
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What’s your favorite kind of soup? Tell me in the comments!