Chicken Tortilla Soup with Rotel Tomatoes

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup is one of my favorite soups. This chicken tortilla soup with Rotel tomatoes is one of the best ways to rustle up this wonderful lunch, appetizer or snack.

I love everything about it – the juicy chicken, the tomato-tasting broth, the crisp tortillas on top, the cheese, just… everything! I like to keep my soup recipes simple, so you will see the following is as streamlined as I could make it.

Grab the ingredients you need and make this. I promise, whether you want a light lunch or simple supper, you’re going to love it. There are lots of different chicken tortilla soup with Rotel tomatoes recipes to try. But I happen to like this one just because it is so easy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Rotel Tomatoes: Preparation

Along with the cooked chicken and Rotel tomatoes you will need refried beans, chicken broth, corn and either some fried tortilla strips or broken tortilla chips, whichever you have.

If I am jazzing this up, I might add a scoop of sour cream and some avocado on top, and I like to add a good amount of shredded Mexican blend cheese as well. Those additions to the basic recipe make all the difference, but they are purely optional. So just add what you want to have.

This chicken tortilla soup with Rotel tomatoes makes a great meal and it’s surprisingly filling too.

There are crockpot chicken tortilla soup recipes too, but honestly if you’re using leftover shredded chicken you might as well simply mix the ingredients together in a pan and cook the soup in a matter of minutes.

Make This Chicken Tortilla Soup with Rotel Tomatoes Your Own

The chicken is the main protein in this dish, but feel free to swap it for beef, shrimp, tofu or anything else you want, depending on what you like.

Make this soup your own and you will love it all the more.

I often order a cup of chicken tortilla made with tomatoes in restaurants, just because I love it, but make your own however you want.

This way you control not only the protein but also how spicy it is (throw in those chilies if you want!) Also pick out your own favorite toppings. I like to sprinkle the finished soup with chopped cilantro.


Chicken Tortilla Soup with Rotel Tomatoes

This is a very simple recipe for chicken tortilla soup with Rotel tomatoes. We are using refried beans, corn, chicken and tortilla strips to bring all the components you love together to make this classic dish.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex


  • 20 oz (600g) Ro*Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 16 oz (450g) canned refried beans
  • 28 oz (850 ml) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (95g) frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups (250g) shredded cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup (60g) fried corn tortilla strips or broken tortilla chips
  • Chopped cilantro (fresh coriander) and/or shredded cheese, to serve (optional)


  1. Stir the tomatoes (not drained), beans, broth and corn together in a pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring every now and then.
  3. Add the chicken and heat the soup through.
  4. Serve hot, topped with the tortilla strips and, if liked, some cilantro and/or cheese.


If you want to make your own tortilla strips, cut a couple of tortillas into strips and spritz with cooking spray, then cook in a skillet for 5 minutes or until crisp, stirring often.