Celebrate Latin Cuisine: How to Make Tortilla Soup

¡Ajúa! If you are looking for a flavor-packed way to celebrate Latin cuisine, look no further than this simple tortilla soup that is sure to hit the spot. Whether you have never tried a traditional Latino dish or love everything about it, this recipe will bring all of the vibrant flavors and aromas of Latin culture right into your kitchen. With just a few ingredients and minimal pans needed, this delicious soup can be made in no time, allowing you to enjoy a hot bowl shortly after starting. This hearty yet light meal is perfect for adults and children alike – so make sure to give it a try next time you want something beyond your typical comfort food lineup! Remember our Latino grocery store, Gala Foods, has the best quality meats, fresh produce, whole foods, and more to make your Latin-inspired dishes as authentic as possible. 

What is tortilla soup, and why should you try it?

South America has a rich and diverse cuisine, with dishes that span a variety of cultures

Tortilla soup is a traditional Latin dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. It consists of a broth flavored with spices (and hot sauces if you prefer) that are combined with vegetables, chicken, beef, or pork, and seasoned tortillas. The broth is usually made from chicken stock, tomato sauce, garlic, and onion, and can also contain chiles, cumin, and oregano for added flavor. The vegetables used vary depending on the region but typically consist of onions, tomatoes, corn, and bell peppers. Pieces of softened tortillas are then added to thicken the soup and give it a unique texture. Depending on the cook’s preference, the soup can also include additional ingredients such as Oaxaca cheese and sour cream for extra flavor. 

This tasty dish can be served hot or cold as an appetizer or main course. Hot tortilla soup is often served in individual bowls while cold variations are generally served in larger portions with chips on the side. To enhance its flavors even more, some cooks like to garnish their tortilla soup with fresh herbs such as cilantro and avocado slices or even dried chiles. Regardless of how you choose to serve it, this traditional Latin dish is a delicious way to enjoy Mexican cuisine anytime!

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Tortilla soup is a delicious and easy Mexican dish. It typically consists of chicken broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chili peppers, corn tortilla strips, and sometimes hominy. The broth is first prepared by boiling the chicken with the onion, garlic, and chili peppers in a large pot until the chicken is cooked. Once the chicken has been cooked, tomatoes and hominy can be added to the pot. Then, the mixture is boiled until thickened. To finish off the soup, corn tortilla strips are fried in oil and added to the top of each individual bowl of soup as a garnish. Add some queso fresco or other key food items found at Gala Foods to give your soup an extra kick of flavor. This savory meal is a perfect way to warm up on cold winter nights or just enjoy a nice bowl of comfort food!

Let’s go step by step!

Servings: 8 (H3)


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 jalapeño – diced and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 14 ½ oz. of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilies such as Rotel
  • 3 cups of chicken broth – rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup of corn – drained if canned
  • 2 chicken breasts – boneless, skinless
  • ¼ cup of cilantro – chopped
  • 1 lime – juiced
  • 1 avocado – sliced, for garnish


  1. Heat ¼ cup of olive oil over medium-high heat in a small pan. Add tortilla strips in small batches and fry until crisp. Drain and salt.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeño and cook until the onion is soft.
  3. Add remaining ingredients: cumin, chili powder, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with chilis, chicken broth, black beans, corn, and boneless chicken, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken and shred. Add back to the pot and simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with fried tortilla strips, cilantro, lime wedges, and sliced avocado.

Tips and tricks for making the perfect tortilla soup

Making the perfect tortilla soup doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require some planning and attention to detail. The soup should start with a flavorful base, so begin by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil until they are softened and fragrant. Then, add your favorite diced vegetables like bell peppers, celery, and carrots. Once the vegetables are beginning to soften, it’s time to add spices like cumin, chili powder, and oregano for flavor. Finally, add chicken broth or vegetable broth as your base liquid. Simmer the ingredients together until they create a flavorful base that will form the foundation of your soup. Afterward, add in cooked chicken (or beans for vegetarians) along with some fire-roasted tomatoes and corn for texture. Stir in some lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro for brightness before ladling into bowls and topping with crunchy tortilla strips for added texture and flavor. This combination of aromatics, proteins, vegetables, and herbs is sure to deliver an incredibly delicious bowl of tortilla soup every time!

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Tortilla soup is a classic dish that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. This hearty and flavorful soup combines the best of Mexican cuisine with a savory and spicy broth, making it an ideal meal to serve for lunch or dinner. The key to making the perfect tortilla soup is to start with quality ingredients, so it’s important to shop at a grocery store that has reliable options. Gala Foods has all the essentials you need to whip up a delicious batch of tortilla soup, with fresh vegetables, chicken broth, spices, and cheese. With these items in hand, you’ll create a delectable dish that your family will love. The best part of our neighborhood grocery stores is that we have affordable prices, making it easy for you to stock up on high-quality ingredients without breaking the bank. So, if you’re in search of the best Mexican grocery store, look no further than Gala Foods! We have everything you could need to make an amazing tortilla soup and more. 

And there you have it! Now that we’ve explored and learned all about making the sensational dish of tortilla soup, and identified where to find some of the best ingredients around, why not put our knowledge to use and create something deliciously amazing? You can whip up this fantastic recipe in no time at all. In addition, if you want an authentic flavorful experience, Gala Foods has exactly what you need – top-quality Latin commodities with incomparable taste. Now that we have the insider details of how to make a delicious bowl of tortilla soup with all the right elements, don’t forget to visit any of our Gala Foods to get all your supplies. Buen provecho!


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