This Cheesy Southwest Chicken Soup is loaded with corn, potatoes, and cheese! Perfect for chilly weeknights and family gatherings!

a bowl of cheesy southwest chicken soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

We originally posted a recipe for this classic chicken tortilla soup that’s an organic, mostly from scratch option. It’s a wonderful soup, but I told Cade that I kept having this nagging feeling that I should post the original recipe. And we all know you should never ignore those feelings. So let’s dive into a quick and easy cheesy Southwest chicken soup recipe.

I first learned this creamy chicken tortilla soup recipe in college, and though I’ve occasionally felt a little guilty for how ridiculously unhealthy it is thanks to the salsa con queso, cream of potato soup, and sour cream I still LOVE IT.

I know, your arteries are literally closing themselves up just at the thought. But it’s worth it, so get out your fat pants, and let’s settle in to a big bowl together.

a bowl of cheesy chicken tortilla soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

What’s Needed for Southwest Chicken Soup?

There are a lot of chicken taco, chicken tortilla, and cheesy tortilla soup recipes out there but this is the one that everyone obsesses over. I actually don’t have the original recipe from the Gillespie family, and I’m not sure how to reach out to them to get it, so this is just the one in my head. I’m sure it’s close, and it’s definitely our favorite as I’ve just changed things to fit my tastes.

Here’s what I use in this creamy tortilla soup recipe:

  • Tostitos Salsa Con Queso
  • Chicken broth
  • Sour cream
  • Cream of potato soup
  • Diced green chiles
  • Cilantro
  • Taco seasoning
  • Chicken
  • Corn

What is Salsa Con Queso?

Salsa con queso is a mixture of queso cheese dip and salsa.

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How to Make Southwest Chicken Soup

I’ve given detailed instructions on how to make this cheesy chicken tortilla soup in the recipe card below, but here are the basic steps:

  1. Cook and shred the chicken.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a large soup pot and stir to combine.
  3. Let simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!

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How to Make Shredded Chicken

The best shredded chicken, in my humble opinion, is made by baking, not boiling the chicken.

  1. Place chicken breasts in a dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cover with foil.
  2. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes, no more, no less.
  3. Shred using two forks to pull apart the meat or plop it into a KitchenAid mixer and mix with the paddle attachment to shred.

What to Serve with Tortilla Soup

Yes, the Tostitos Scoops chips are an essential part of the recipe. You can do it two ways, but no other chip works and we’ve tried. This one just tastes the best with it and no, this isn’t a sponsored post, haha. Our kids love to use the chips like spoons and scoop the soup, one of their only opportunities to be allowed to eat soup without a spoon.

Or if you’re too hungry classy like I am, I crumble the chips on top and eat it with a spoon.

a bowl of cheesy chicken tortilla soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

How to Store Southwest Soup

This Southwest chicken soup should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. It’ll last up to 1 week.

Can You Freeze Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup?

I love that this cheesy chicken tortilla soup can be heated and eaten right away or simmered on the stove. And it tastes perfect for up to a week after.

I don’t love it frozen, though. Anything with cream isn’t awesome frozen. But that’s ok, you won’t have a drop left to save.

Can I Double This Recipe?

Absolutely! This creamy tortilla soup is easy to double, triple, heck you can even go lunch lady-style and quadruple this sucker. Make it, love it, and report back to me. 🙂

a bowl of southwest chicken soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

Can I Make Southwest Chicken Soup in a Crockpot?

Yes! Be sure the chicken is cooked and shredded first, then cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours.

Can I Use Ground Beef Instead of Chicken?

That’d be delicious! If using ground beef, make sure to brown it before adding the rest of the ingredients to the pot.

a bowl of cheesy chicken tortilla soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

Tips for Making Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • For the broth: We like a thick soup, so sometimes we add a little less broth than what the recipe calls for.
  • For the taco seasoning: We generally do a little less than one taco seasoning packet so it’s not too spicy for everyone.
  • For the corn: I often throw in more corn because the kids love it. Use canned or frozen!
  • For the cilantro: My mom actually uses about 1 -2 Teaspoons of dried cilantro, but I don’t enjoy it with dry cilantro. If you’re a cilantro hater, you can omit it altogether.
a bowl of cheesy southwest chicken soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

More Easy Soup Recipes:

Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup

4.16 from 307 votes
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Description

This Cheesy Southwest Chicken Soup is loaded with corn, potatoes, and cheese! Perfect for chilly weeknights and family gatherings! 

Ingredients 

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 15 Ounce Tostitos Salsa Con Queso
  • 10.5 oz Soup, cream of potato, (1 standard can)
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 3/4 Cups Chicken Broth, (or 1 14.5 ounce can) *see note
  • 2 oz Green Chiles , fire roasted diced, *see note
  • 2 Cups Frozen Corn , *see note
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning , *see note
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro, , plus more for garnish *see note
  • Tostitos Scoops Chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of the chicken and place in a baking dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, and using two forks, shred the meat and set aside.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, add the salsa con queso, cream of potato soup, sour cream and chicken broth. Whisk to combine.
  • Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the chiles, corn, taco seasoning, cilantro and chicken.
  • Bring to a simmer and serve or keep on low for an hour or two.
  • Serve with Tostitos Scoops chips.
  • Store in a plastic container, sealed in the fridge for up to 1 week. Do not freeze.

Notes

  • Green chiles: One whole can of diced green chiles is normally used.
  • Broth: We like a thick soup so sometimes we add a little less broth.
  • Taco seasoning: We generally do a little less than one taco seasoning packet so it's not too spicy for everyone.
  • Corn: I often throw in more corn because the kids love it.
  • Cilantro: My mom actually uses about 1 -2 Teaspoons of dried cilantro but I don't enjoy it with dry cilantro.
This soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 390kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 25gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1394mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6g
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Mom's Best 100 Easy Chicken Recipes
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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a bowl of cheesy chicken tortilla soup with sour cream and avocados on top!