Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!


This is it, your new favorite soup ever. Like, ever. “The Soup” is all we call it at home, but you can call is cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It is so easy to make and it’s got a great chowder and southwestern soup flair that’s combines into a better than any other tortilla soup that even the kids will be begging for. And best of all, it’s one of the few creamier soups that freezes well.


Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!

The main ingredients may surprise you, Salsa Con Queso and Chicken Broth!


Cheesy chicken tortilla soup


Start off with a nice roux and add milk and boiled potatoes. Of course season just a little so those potatoes aren’t bland.


Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!


Next, toss in all of the other ingredients. Do not use a canned chicken, but rotisserie is fine if you have it. We also do not boil our chicken, we prefer to grill, pan cook or bake for more flavor. And we love the Pacific Foods salsa con queso because it has a more homemade flavor and we know that they are so thoughtful about where every last ingredient comes from. Kinda makes you feel better about a not so healthy soup, right? haha!


Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!


What is it that’s so wonderful about soup? Especially soup with something to dunk in it? Listen, I love our roasted tomato basil soup, but then you throw on those crisp, buttery, cheesy mozzarella grilled cheese bites and holy Hannah it’s good! Or our Golden Loaded Potato Soup, wait we don’t dunk anything in that, but we do drizzle in honey. You heard me, don’t knock it until you try it!


Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!


And if you’re afraid of spicy, no worries, just cut down on the diced green chiles and taco seasoning.


Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!


And the best way to eat it? While you can definitely crush some chips on top, our kids love to get the scoop style of tortilla chips and use it like a spoon. Yes, fingers get a little messy, but they are pretty good about eating it carefully. Plus, it’s the perfect bite every time.

What Soups Are Good When You Are Sick?

Broth based soups are good for you when you are sick.

It isn’t just an old wives tale that chicken noodle soup can actually soothe a cold.

Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which helps thin mucus in the lungs, and the hot broth helps to keep nasal passages moist, prevent dehydration, and fight inflammation in the throat.

Some folks swear by very spicy soups for clearing out those nasal passages.


Can Soups With Cream Be Frozen?

Cream soups can be frozen.

Creamed soups will sometimes separate when you defrost and reheat them.

This is due to the cream base.

All you need to do is carefully blend the soup as it is reheated.




Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

The most begged for recipe ever, cheesy chicken tortilla soup! It's full of salsa con queso, corn, chicken, potatoes and so much more!
Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate this Recipe
0 from 0 votes

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Mom's Best 100 Easy Chicken Recipes
Keyword: cheese, chicken, chips, cilantro, corn, main dish, potato, soup, tortilla
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 3 Boxes Pacific Foods Salsa Con Queso
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion minced
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Russet Potato peeled, chopped and cooked until tender
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Broth or Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 box 32 ounces or 4 8 ounce boxes Pacific Foods chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 4ounces can diced green chilis
  • 1 packet of Taco seasoning *see note
  • 3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro plus more for garnish
  • Chips for serving
  • sour cream if desired


  • In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add the butter and onion and cook until melted and the onion is becoming tender.
  • Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds.
  • Add the broth and milk.
  • Add the potatoes and stir together.
  • Season with a dash of salt and pepper.
  • Add the salsa con queso, chicken broth, sour cream, diced green chilis and taco seasoning.
  • Stir to combine and add remaining ingredients.
  • Allow to simmer on the stove for 1 hour or on low for 4 hours in the slow cooker.
  • Serve with chips.
  • See note


I don't love spicy foods so I tend to use half a packet of the taco seasoning and a little less of the green chilis. This soup can be cooked just until hot and served immediately or left on very low heat all day.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.1g | Protein: 19.1g | Cholesterol: 73.5mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 3.6g
Tried this recipe?Mention @OhSweetBasil or tag #OhSweetBasil!

Cheesy chicken tortilla soup. It's like your favorite corn chowder, cheesy soup and tortilla soup all in one!

Loving this enchilada soup lately!

 Enchilada Soup

Sweet Potato Apple Turkey Chili


The Best Roasted Tomato Soup with Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Croutons

alt description.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

35 comments on “Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. Hi! I live in Utah County and I was just wondering where you found the pacific brand salsa con queso soup? I just tried looking at smiths in Lehi in the healthy food section and I couldn’t find it, Thanks!

  2. This was fabulous!! I’ll be making it regularly! Thanks for sharing!

  3. In the pictures of the recipe you say to add the potatoes when you add the milk, seasoning the potatoes just a bit, but in the actual written recipe it says to add the potatoes after everything else, when in you add in the chicken and corn. Can you let me know which one is right? Thanks!!

  4. I can not find the Salsa Con Queso in the Fort Worth area. Urg!

  5. Is it a baking potatoe and how do you cook prior to adding?

  6. Could you please tell me exactly where I can locate the Salsa Con Queso at Kroger? I have been to two different Kroger stories within my city to no avail. I looked in the soup aisle and also with the Mexican food. Did you find yours in the same location as the chicken broth? Thank you!

  7. When do you add the potato? It’s listed in the ingredients, but I don’t see it in the steps…

  8. I’m just curious, why did you add the flour?

  9. This looks incredibly delicious! I’ve never had tortilla soup like this. Definitely giving it a try!

  10. Absolutely love Pacific’s broth, I buy it in bulk at BJs, but had no idea about the salsa con queso. Need to look for that b/c this soup looks killer!

  11. Amazingly delicious! My family would absolutely love it.

  12. Just saw this on Foodgawker and it looks amazing! The cheese factor…mmmm!! 🙂 I’d love a bowl!

  13. I love your blog! We live in Alabama. What store do you get the Pacific brand from? Thanks!

    • Thank you so much! we get it from our Kroger stores in the natural food sections. We love that we know that all real products are in it, however you can use other salsa con queso products if you cannot get it.

  14. This soup is calling my name! I love Pacific products–all of ’em! Pinned.

  15. I have never seen this Pacific Foods Salsa Con Queso. Where do you find it? The only one I’ve ever seen is Tostitos and it’s full of not so good stuff.

  16. Just the perfect soup for when there’s a little chill in the air! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  17. Soup season is almost here. YAY!

  18. Love that this is creamy! Looks phenomenal!

  19. Gorgeous soup! One of our favorites!!!

  20. Now this is my kind of soup! My boys would love this as well so I can’t wait to try it once it cools down here.