Chicken Tortilla Soup (Made with Refried Beans)

Chicken Tortilla Soup – the secret ingredient makes all the difference!! Ready in about 15 minutes. Can also make this in the slow cooker. Freeze leftovers for a quick lunch or dinner later!! Rotisserie chicken, refried beans, black beans, diced tomatoes and green chiles, taco seasoning, corn, and chicken broth. Top soup with cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream. Serve with some cornbread for an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy!

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Easy Mexican Chicken Soup

Fall will be here next week, and I am ready for soup season! It is still blazing hot where I live, but we still enjoy a good bowl of soup this time of year. I actually made a batch of this Chicken Tortilla Soup last weekend to watch football. It was SOOOO good!!

The secret ingredient in this soup recipe is a can of refried beans. It makes the soup super creamy and yummy! Chicken Legs hates refried beans but didn’t even realize that they were in the soup. He ate two bowls! What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. LOL!

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How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup with Refried Beans

This soup only takes a few minutes to make. Start by removing the skin from a rotisserie chicken. Remove the meat from bones. Discard bones and chop chicken. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, combine the chicken, refried beans, taco seasoning, Rotel tomatoes, corn, black beans, and chicken broth. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for a few minutes before serving.

  • You will need about 4 to 5 cups of cooked chopped chicken.
  • Is Chicken Tortilla Soup spicy? There is a kick to the soup from the diced tomatoes and green chiles. If you are worried about the heat use a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Can Chicken Tortilla Soup be made in the slow cooker? Yes! Simply dump everything in the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Can Chicken Tortilla Soup be frozen? Yes! The leftovers can be frozen for a quick meal later. I have a couple of servings in the freezer right now! They are great for a quick lunch or dinner.
  • Is Chicken Tortilla Soup gluten-free? Yes! Look for Old El Paso and Rosarita brand refried beans,
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What to Serve with Mexican Chicken Soup

We topped our soup with some sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and cheese. I also like to use Fritos. Just use your favorite taco toppings! I made some cornbread sticks to go with the soup. We both really loved this easy soup recipe! SO delicious and filling!!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Chicken Tortilla Soup – the secret ingredient makes all the difference!! Ready in about 15 minutes. Can also make this in the slow cooker. Freeze leftovers for a quick lunch or dinner later!! Rotisserie chicken, refried beans, black beans, diced tomatoes and green chiles, taco seasoning, corn and chicken broth. Top soup with cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream. Serve with some cornbread for an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy! Everyone loved this easy Mexican recipe!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 (16-oz) cans refried beans
  • 1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
  • 2 (14.5-oz) cans petite diced tomatoes and green chiles
  • cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth

Instructions:

  • Remove skin from rotisserie chicken and discard. Remove meat from bones. Discard bones and chop chicken.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot or Dutch Oven. Stir well.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring a few times while cooking.
  • If soup is too thick, add a little water or chicken broth to thin it out.

Notes:

  • You will need about 4 to 5 cups of cooked chopped chicken.
  • Is Chicken Tortilla Soup spicy? There is a kick to the soup from the diced tomatoes and green chiles. If you are worried about the heat use a can of MILD Rotel tomatoes.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • Can Chicken Tortilla Soup be made in the slow cooker? Yes! Simply dump everything in the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Can Chicken Tortilla Soup be frozen? Yes! The leftovers can be frozen for a quick meal later. I have a couple of servings in the freezer right now! They are great for a quick lunch or dinner.

Steph

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  1. This was really good. The only change i made was that I used kidney beans instead of black beans. I'm not really a fan of black beans so just personal preference. This was so easy and really hit the spot on a cold day. I will definitely be making this many more times.

  2. Since there can be a wide range in the size of rotisserie chickens, approximately how much chicken do you need for this recipe? Thanks in advance, I can't wait to make this! I love your recipes!

  3. Made this soup last weekend, and both my boyfriend and I loved it! Will definitely be making again. I combined everything in the crockpot and let it simmer all afternoon on low heat. The beans really made the soup a consistency I loved and acted as a great thickener. I think it'd be easy to add any ingredients you would like to personalize it to your taste. We added diced green onions and Fritos as a topping. Next time, thinking of using fire roasted corn and kidney beans just to add some additional texture.

  4. I have been looking for a tortilla soup that was thick like this. My favorite restaurant soup is at Bob's Big Boy, in Burbank, CA. It's not thin like most tortilla soups. I never thought to use refried beans to get the consistency thicker. I am going to try this very soon!

  5. From WebMD:
    One rotisserie chicken will give you about 4 cups of shredded chicken, both white and dark meat (no skin). The typical chicken translates into about 12 ounces of light meat and 8 ounces of dark meat (no skin), which gives you a total of: 1,037 calories.

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