Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Enjoy this comforting and creamy chicken tortilla soup that comes together in 30 minutes using a time-saving short cut.

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Help yourself to a bowl of Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup! It’s good anytime of year but makes an especially comforting and hearty meal-in-a-bowl when it’s cold and rainy outside -> I’m looking at you North Carolina.

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This is a keeper recipe, adapted from Martina McBride’s cookbook,

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I made this soup several weeks ago, froze half and pulled out the second half to enjoy this week. I made just a couple of changes, one of which was using my ‘go to’ time saver: a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, ‘spit-fired around the cluck’ ;)

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I like to use a rotisserie chickens for quick salads and soups. It’s also an easy and affordable way to make homemade chicken stock, using something that you usually throw away!

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Add the chicken carcass to a Dutch oven or stock pot with some veggies, additional seasoning and water. After an hour or so of simmering on the stove you’ll have a fragrant and flavorful chicken stock that’s ready to use or freeze for later. You take advantage of the seasoning and flavor from the roasted chicken, while controlling the sodium in your homemade stock, better than store-bought!

You can find more details, HERE.

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You’ll need 4 cups of shredded cooked chicken for this soup; I used both white and dark meat from the rotisserie chicken but feel free to use only chicken breasts if you prefer. The other change I made was subbing evaporated milk for regular milk and the cream called for in the soup. I like evaporated milk as it’s a pantry ingredient and ideal for our non-milk drinking household. It delivers thickening power and creaminess to soups/chowders, mac and cheese, etc. without the calories and fat of heavy cream. It can also take the heat and won’t break or curdle like milk often does in soup.

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You’ll also need some Masa Harina. If you’re not familiar with Masa Harina, it’s a Mexican corn flour that’s naturally gluten free, used for making tortillas and tamales. You can find it on the international foods aisle at most grocery stores with other Mexican and Latin American ingredients. It’s often added to chili to thicken it and adds a subtle corn flavor.

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In addition to masa and chicken, you’ll also need:

~  4 cups chicken stock

~ Fresh ingredients: Yellow onion, jalapeño, (seeded and chopped), garlic cloves + a tablespoon of oil

~ Seasoning: chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt & pepper

~ Canned ingredients: (2) cans tomatoes with diced green chiles (such as Rotel); black beans; pinto beans; evaporated milk

~ 1 cup corn; frozen, fresh or canned (I used Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted corn)

~ Dairy: Sour Cream

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To serve, add your favorite tortilla soup garnishes like shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, sliced jalapeño, cilantro, green onion, lime wedges, corn tortilla chips and / or hot sauce .


Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

A comforting, creamy version of chicken tortilla soup that comes together in 30 minutes with a rotisserie chicken for time-saving short cut.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, evaporated milk, masa harina, pinto beans, rotisserie chicken, short cut, soup
Servings: 8


  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken from grocery store)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth reduced sodium
  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 10-ounce cans tomatoes with diced green chiles, undrained I used Rotel
  • 1/3 cup masa harina
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn I used Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted corn
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Optional Garnishes: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, cilantro, diced green onions, lime wedges, corn tortilla chips, hot sauce


  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add the onion and jalapeno; cook 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add 4 cups broth, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and tomatoes.
  • Whisk together the masa and evaporated milk until blended. Stir into the soup.
  • Cook over medium-high, stirring frequently, 10 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens slightly.
  • Stir in cooked chicken, black beans, pinto beans, and corn. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Stir in sour cream. Serve with desired garnishes.


Substitute finely ground corn tortillas for masa to give the soup the same flavor, using a food processor to grind them up really fine.

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  22 comments for “Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

  1. March 11, 2021 at 6:38 am

    Good morning, Mary. Soup is always good and this looks delicious. My son and DIL would love this and I will share your recipe with them. Wishing you a wonderful Thursday, it is supposed to be 75 today!

    • Teresa Johnson
      March 11, 2021 at 8:50 am

      I love soup! I have never added the masa harina before! I have some in my pantry and I think I will experiment with it soon! Thank you for sharing! 🌷🌹🌺🌸🪴Weather is going to rain all day in zone 6 B😞

  2. March 11, 2021 at 8:53 am

    This soup sounds wonderful, Mary. I’m like you and love using the carcass of the rotisserie chicken for making broth. I like your idea of using evaporated milk in the soup. I removed another Martina recipe you shared of the cabbage salad which was so tasty. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe!

  3. March 11, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Sounds delish, I’m looking out at a snowy white garden, been beasty cold the last few days and a hearty soup fits the bill. I never use cream in soups, I think your idea of evaporated milk sounds great, a nice addition. Wonderful photos, only thing lacking here is 24 hour delivery.

  4. Clara
    March 11, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Mary! Looks and sounds delicious. Rotisserie chicken is so handy and we use it often. Now, we have another soup choice. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day. Clara ❤️

  5. Kathy Vause
    March 11, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Awww, my fave soup. Can I substitute something for the Masa? I hesitate to buy a whole bag for 1/3 cup. There is only me to eat it. Thanks

    • March 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

      Hi Kathy, You can use ground corn tortillas instead of masa to give the soup the same flavor. Just use a food processor to grind them up really fine.

  6. Betsy
    March 11, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I suspect the Masa Harina is the missing link in a few of my recipes, and I’m definitely going to do some experimenting. Soup is one of my favorite go-to lunches for chilly days, and Mexican anything is always at the top of my list.

    I really like the idea of a pantry staple to replace heavy cream from a practical standpoint. Another fabulous element to test in my recipes.

    Stay toasty!

  7. Ricki Treleaven
    March 11, 2021 at 11:20 am

    This looks delicious…I love tortilla soup, especially Chuy’s. This looks similar to theirs. I’m pinning it so I can make it this weekend. Thanks for posting, Mary!

  8. March 11, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Read my mind! I have a recipe for tortilla soup but it’s not creamy and I was looking for a creamy version!! Thank you…I use rotisserie chickens all the time..Sam’s Club has the biggest & cheapest around here…$4.98….I also use the carcass..lf I can’t use it right away, I freeze it! Thank Martina for me and convey that I’m a fan!! Again, thank you..

  9. Franki Parde
    March 11, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    That sounds amazing!! Will try! Thanx franki

  10. Darlene
    March 11, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Love her recipes and book!
    Tortilla Soup is a favorite and Costco roasted chicken is a quick but
    Delicious alternative indeed. Matter of fact it’s going in crock pot
    For White Chile dinner.
    It’s raining here in So. California also. Soup weather!

  11. March 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Looks yummy! I had tortilla soup for dinner.

  12. March 12, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Such a smart idea to use the carcass from a rotisserie chicken for the stock! I love the idea of having a batch in the freezer too, such a great help when there’s no time or energy to cook dinner. I just stocked up on evaporated milk, I want to start using it much more for cooking, thanks for the tips Mary, your soup is beautiful with the rainbow of colors!

  13. Ricki Treleaven
    March 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    I cooked this tonight for dinner…it was a hit! Everyone loved it. We ate it outside by the fire….it’s been a beautiful evening!

    • March 12, 2021 at 9:32 pm

      So glad it was a hit Ricki Jill! Enjoy this beautiful weather. ❤️

  14. Cyndi Raines
    March 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Hmmmm, good! I love soup and especially tortilla soup. I have a good recipe, but will compare mine to this. I know I don’t use evaporated milk or the masa herina ( or maybe the ground corn tortillas) so this sounds like a try. We often buy a rotisserie chicken from Sam’s, but I haven’t made broth from the carcass, dah ! Will do so from now on! Thank you Mary! OLE’!!

  15. Teresa Cline
    March 13, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Yum! Another delicious recipe I can’t wait to try! Thanks Mary! Teresa

  16. KathyP
    March 13, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I just added the ingredients to my grocer list for tomorrow. Thanks for the substitution info for masa!

  17. Suzanne
    March 14, 2021 at 9:48 am

    You’ve just solved my dilemma as to what’s for lunch his week, thanks!

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