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Tortilla Soup

As both noodles and a garnish, corn-tortilla strips do double duty in this flavorful chicken, ham, and vegetable soup.

  • Servings: 8
Tortilla Soup

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Early Summer


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 corn tortillas, (6 inches in diameter) cut into 1/3-inch-wide strips
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced into thin half-moons
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 chicken breast half, (5 to 6 ounces) cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 slices (about 2 ounces) baked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice, or 2 ounces ham steak, thinly sliced and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add half the tortilla strips; cook, stirring, until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer strips with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; season with salt. Set aside.

  2. Add vegetables to pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes (do not brown).

  3. Stir in chicken; cook until opaque, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add ham, bay leaf, broth, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Divide remaining tortilla strips among bowls, and ladle soup on top. Garnish with fried tortilla strips, and serve immediately.

Reviews (1)

  • nicoleak95 21 Feb, 2009

    I'd love to hear how this turned out for others. I've just been learning to cook and this was my first soup. It was delicious but I felt like my broth could've used more flavor... It did have a nice bite to it though since I kept the chopped up the whole jalapeno and added in, seeds and all. All of the sides added in were delicious. And the tortilla chips were YUMMY!

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