Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup [+ Video]

A cheesy southwestern chicken tortilla soup plus a video so you can see exactly how to make it! It’s loaded with flavor, chicken, corn, and even potatoes!

We never say, Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup. It’s too long, so we say, The Soup. It needs nothing else as it is The soup recipe of your dreams.


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


We originally posted a recipe for this soup that’s an organic, mostly from scratch option. It’s a wonderful soup but I told Cade, 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 southwestern chicken tortilla soup recipe.


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


I learned this Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe in college and though I’ve occasionally felt a little guilty for how ridiculously unhealthy it is thanks to:

  • salsa con queso
  • cream of potato soup
  • 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.


Chicken Tortilla 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.


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


In fact, I’ll make little notes for you in the recipe on how we alter things in case you’re wondering.


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!


What is Salsa Con Queso?

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


Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup

The Tostitos Salsa Con Queso gets dumped in the pot followed by a simple list of ingredients:

  • chicken broth
  • sour cream
  • cream of potato soup
  • diced green chiles (apparently I’m a whimp as a full can is too much for me so I do half.)
  • cilantro, which can be skipped if you’re one of those cilantro haters (I still love you, even if you are wrong…xoxo)
  • taco seasoning 
  • chicken 
  • corn



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


How Do You Make Shredded Chicken?

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

Place in a dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with foil.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, no more, no less.

Shred using two forks to pull apart the meat or plop it in a KitchenAid.


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


Can You Freeze Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup?

I love that this 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.

Anything with cream isn’t awesome frozen.

But that’s ok, you wont have a drop left to save.


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


Even better, Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla soup to double, triple, heck you can even go lunch lady style and quadruple this sucker. Make it, love it and report back to me. 🙂


 Want to see what others are saying about this soup after they’ve tried it? Check out our PIN and all of the great reviews!
a bowl of cheesy chicken tortilla soup with sour cream and avocados on top!

Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup in a small blue bowl with a silver spoon.
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Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup

We never say, Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's too long, so we say, The Soup. It needs nothing else as it is The soup recipe of your dreams.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Mom's Best 100 Easy Chicken Recipes
Keyword: chicken, corn, mexican, soup, tortilla soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 15 Ounce Jar Tostitos Salsa Con Queso
  • 1 Can Cream of Potato Soup
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 3/4 Cups Chicken Broth or 1 14.5 ounce can *see note
  • 1/2 Can Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles * see note
  • 2 Cups Frozen Corn *see note
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning *see note
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro fresh *see note, plus more for garnish
  • Tostitos Scoops Chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.



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


Serving: 1g | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1394mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g
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Cheesy Ground Beef Enchilada Chili 

Take our cheesy tortilla soup, use beans and ground beef instead of chicken and you’ve got the best cheesy chili ever!

Cheesy Ground Beef Enchilada Chili  in a silver bowl next to a silver spoon.


Try another version of Chicken Tortilla Soup and let us know what you think!

 Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup



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Carrian Cheney

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90 comments on “Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup [+ Video]”

  1. This sounds great!! What brand of Cream of Potato soup do you use..

  2. I quadrupled the recipe to make a little more than 2 gallons for the soup kitchen. I used the meat from one rotisserie chicken and used fire roasted corn instead of frozen corn. It was really good and easy. After removing the meat from the rotisserie chicken, I made broth from the carcass (skin and bones) by adding onion, carrots, celery, salt and poultry seasoning to the water  and simmering for several hours. It made enough broth for the soup plus some to freeze. 

  3. Made a triple batch and took to my quilt guild today. The ladies loved it! Will be making this again and again. I cooked chicken quarters in my ninja foodi. The chicken came out amazing! It was very good over Mexican rice. Thank you for the recipe. I’m anxious to try it with ground beef and beans.

  4. Made this tonight and wow! It is amazing!! I made the chicken in an instant pot instead of baking it just for the convenience of it but followed all ingredients to the T. I love how quickly it came together, especially after coming home work and needing something quick! Will absolutely be saving this and making this again and again 🙂 


  6. My batch turned out fantastic! I did sub cream of potato for cream of chicken and corn for black beans and it is crazy delicious and easy! Highly recommend. 

  7. So. So. So. SO GOOD. I’ve made this several times and it’s a hit each time. I like to add a can of rinsed black beans and use rotisserie chicken because I’m lazy. It takes ten minutes to get it all in the pot and cooking and another 10 before we can eat it. It’s a great way to eat something delicious at the end of a long day!

  8. I rarely leave reviews but this was amazing! My picky eater fiancé even loved it. I used fire roasted canned corn instead of frozen, but other than that I followed the recipe to a T. It was great! 

  9. Found this on Pinterest today! Such an easy recipe to follow and definitely a crowd pleaser!! 

  10. I don’t know yet about the recipe but hope to try it soon. I do know I love your writing style , it seems so authentic. Can’t wait to try this.

  11. Can I add beans ? 

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  13. This was awesome. I stuck to menu and it was so good. Def make again. 

  14. Can you make this in the instant pot?

  15. Can you cook this in a crock pot?

  16. Is there a replacement for the con queso? I am not a fan and i am not sure how much cheese to substitue for flavor

  17. What size can of cream of potato soup was used? 

  18. Didn’t much care for it as a soup, but it makes a great dip!! With freshly shredded cheddar and milk or cream, instead of the jar of queso, and maybe the addition of tomatoes, it would be a really good soup. I may alter the recipe and try again, but for now I’m keeping it as a dip.

  19. I too am wondering what size can of green chiles to use…4 or 7 oz?

  20. Same question someone else asked a few months ago but I don’t see a response yet.  Is this 4 or 7 oz of green chiles?  Sounds SO delish!  Can’t wait to try it now that fall weather has finally come to Texas!

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  22. I have Celiacs, so I can’t have the cream of potato soup. Is there a substitute you’d suggest or just leave it out? 

  23. Is the cream of potato soup referring to condensed cream of potato soup? Thanks!! 

  24. When you say 1/2 can of chiles do you mean the 4 oz or 7 oz can or something else?

  25. Cream of potatoe was too expensive so I added cream of chicken and I had a large cooked whole potatoe chopped. Three chicken breasts would have been too much so I used one large one which shredded out just under two cups. This soup was delicious even with regular not fire-roasted chopped chilis.

  26. I use pinterest to find a lot of recipes and I comment on very very few…But this recipe deserved it. My husband and I have been going through a really rough time (see to see why), but between feeling depressed and tired we haven’t found any recipes that really makes us happy. Until this one. As my husband took the first bite he was like “Oh my god, you’ve managed to make dip socially acceptable to eat in a bowl. This stuff is dangerous and by dangerous I mean like Vegas dangerous. It entices you in with the con queso, and then that’s it. You don’t care about what it does to your heart. You don’t care about your waistline. You’re just happy and eating and it’s just everything you hoped it would be. Thank you Carrian and Cade…May you live a thousand years.

  27. Some of my family are vegetarian. Could I use veggie “chicken” and vegetable broth?

    • Hi Tammy, I haven’t ever tried those vegetarian options other than the broth so I’m not sure how it would hold up or taste. The broth is fine and will only slightly alter the taste

  28. I made this today for my work soup party. Six different soups and this one was the first one to go! I cooked the chicken in the crockpot for 4 hours so it shredded beautifully. Everything else was exactly to the recipe and it was AMAZING!!

  29. WOW!!! I think this may be the first time that I love my cooking! This is the best. I don’t cook very often and this looked easy so I went for it…. sooooo very good. I followed the revope but did boil my chicken. It was delicious!

  30. Followed recipe almost to a tee! Chopped chicken instead of shredding. This soup is incredible!

  31. Can rotel be substituted for chili’s?

  32. This looks amazing! Can this also be made in the Instant Pot using the Soup function? Thank you!

  33. Wonderful soup on a cold day!

  34. I made this for a family game night and it was soo delicious!! Definitely a favorite and will make again and again!! 😋

  35. I don’t have cream of potato soup, would cream of chicken work?

  36. If I do this in the crockpot, would the chicken need to be cooked prior? 🙂

  37. Made mine in the crock pot! I prefer a little more runny not thick so I added a little more broth. I also like it more spicy so I added all the green chilies and a packet of “hot” taco seasoning!! It tastes great!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! 

  38. Could this be made in the crockpot same way? Adding cooked chicken of course.. 

  39. This looks like a great recipe, but I was wondering, why can’t it be frozen?

  40. Can this be made in the crockpot?

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  42. 5 stars
    p.s. Since I used ground beef instead of chicken, I skipped the chicken broth and used water, plus a little Worcestershire sauce. Yummm!

  43. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for our Soup-er Bowl Sunday meal. My husband isn’t a big fan of chicken, so I sauted ground beef and onion first, then added everything else in. DEEE-licious! I served it with homemade bread instead of chips (this time)… A BIG HIT! Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe and your wonderful blog. This is a keeper!

  44. My family has something like this that we all affectionately call, “the corn”. It may the unhealthiest thing on the table but OMG is it good 🙂 This definitely looks like another classic like that one. A VERY rare treat