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Gina's Hot and Spicy Tortilla Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced Mexican style tomatoes

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro, plus 2 tablespoons

1 (12-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast, diced

1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Sour cream, for topping

Monterey Jack, shredded, for topping

2 limes, wedged


  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Saute the onions. Add bell pepper, jalapenos, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions become translucent. Add the cumin and stir until fragrant. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, corn, and 1/4 cup of the cilantro. Add the diced chicken and cook through for about 10 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.
  2. Ladle soup into bowls and divide the crushed tortilla chips between the bowls. Top with sour cream, Monterey jack cheese, cilantro, sliced avocado, and lime wedges.