Traditional Mexican Starter: Tortilla Soup

Our journey to find the tastiest food from around the globe leads us to Mexico (as chosen by our Facebook fans) for a Traditional Mexican meal! To start we have… Tortilla Soup – serves four.

Traditional Mexican Starter: Tortilla Soup

Traditional Mexican Starter: Tortilla Soup (serves four)


  • 10 corn tortillas cut into 10 mm wide strips
  • 1 litre of chicken broth
  • Half an onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tomatoes
  • Epazote (Mexican spice which has a slightly tangy flavor, reminiscent of oregano. It’s used both for flavor and for it’s ability to reduce the flatulence associated with bean dishes…)
  • Olive oil
  • Toppings: Pasilla chile, fresh cheese (maybe Queso Blanco (very similar to Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella in flavour)) cut into slices, Avocado cut into slices
  • Salt & Pepper


Preparation time 30 minutes

  1. Pour enough oil into a pot and heat over medium-high heat
  2. Add the tortilla strips in batches and fry until golden and crisp – about 2 minutes
  3. Remove the tortilla with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside
  4. In a pan, pour a spoon of olive oil and fry the tomatoes, the onion and the garlic clove until charred and blackened, over low heat
  5. Pour 2 cups of chicken broth, the tomatoes, the onion and the garlic clove into a blender and blend until smooth
  6. Pour into a large sauce-pan and add the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth. bring the mixture to boil
  7. Add the Epazote and Seasoning (to taste)
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes
  9. To serve, put the handful of tortilla strips into a serving bowl and ladle the soup
  10. Put the Pasilla Pepper, fresh cheese, Avocado into the soup

Tip: You can pour a spoon of sour cream into the soup and it will taste great!

Up next is our Traditional Mexican Main: Chicken Tinga Tostadas

If you have any tweaks, suggestions or you have tried the recipe and love it – let us know by leaving a comment below!

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