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Tortilla Soup (El Torito's Sopa de Tortilla) Recipe

User Rating 5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)

By El Torito Restaurant chain, California

This hearty chicken soup with a Mexican flavor is loaded with chicken, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini. It is a crowd-pleaser at the popular El Torito restaurant chain in California. To save time, use cooked rotisserie chicken from the market or your own leftover chicken.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • For Soup:
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • White ground pepper to taste
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached and shredded
  • .
  • For Presentation:
  • 3 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Jack cheese
  • 8-10 slices avocado
  • Cilantro sprigs


In large pot, combine chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, garlic, and oregano. Season to taste and bring to boil. Simmer 25 minutes.

Add zucchini, tomatoes, and shredded chicken breast pieces. Bring to boil, then simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Cut tortillas into matchstick size strips. Saute in hot oil until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

To serve, place tortilla strips in individual bowls. Cover with shredded cheese and ladle in soup. Top with slice of avocado and cilantro sprig.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Recipe Source: El Torito Restaurant chain, California
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
My kid loves this!, Member mcominis

Finally, my picky eater is eating a nutitious bowl of soup, vegies and oh so healthy. So happy. Victory!

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