Cinco De Mayo Tortilla Soup Recipe

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo and I have a killer, top secret recipe for you today.

Well, top secret until now.

I had the absolute pleasure of cooking with my buddy and brilliant coach, Jeannine Yoder, for this week’s video.

Secret Tortilla Soup

Jeannine swiped an addictive tortilla soup recipe from her favorite restaurant in California when she was in 7th grade, added her own twist, and has been winning tortilla soup cook-offs ever since…

Yes, those exist.

Best part is that it’s FULL of vegetables, so you barely feel guilty for piling on 5 pounds of tortilla chip and monterey jack cheese “garnish”.

Recipe: Jey’s Tortilla Soup


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 quarts chicken broth
1 red onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 boiling potato, diced
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile in adobo, pureed
1 teaspoon pickled jalapeno pepper, chile seeded chopped
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/8 teaspoon cumin
salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste
1 zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 lime, juice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped


8 corn tortillas (cut into thin strips)
1/2 lb monterey jack cheese, shredded
8 slices Avocados
fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Poach chicken breast in simmering chicken broth until done through, about 10 minutes.
  2. Set aside until cool enough to handle and shred.
  3. Combine chicken broth, chicken, red onion, carrots, potato, tomato paste, bay leaf, garlic, chipotle and jalapeno chilies, oregano, cumin and salt and pepper in large saucepan.
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Correct seasoning, if necessary.
  6. Add zucchini, squash, pepper, and lime juice.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  8. Add cilantro and mint.
  9. Stir, then remove from heat.
  10. To assemble, fry tortilla strips in hot oil until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  11. Ladle soup into each bowl.
  12. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and tortilla strips.
  13. Garnish each bowl with avocado slice and sprig of cilantro. Enjoy!

tortilla soup

Have you ever begged a restaurant for the recipe for your favorite dish? What was it?


  • Jonathan says:

    WoW fun video this week !! Loved the leopard suit ! Could you talk about why you fried the tortillas in Grape oil ? That’s not a product I usually use (typically fry with butter, olive oil or vegitable oil) but certainly willing to change my ways if it was important for some reason. Is it available in the regular grocery store or is that a Balducci’s purchase ?
    Thanks and keep up your great works !!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Jonathan! Grapeseed oil has a much higher smoke point than olive oil which is why it’s better for frying. If you’ve ever tried frying something with extra virgin olive oil, you’ll notice a not-so-pleasant smell in your kitchen! Peanut oil works well too.
      Hope that helps! Oh, and pretty sure you can buy it at a “regular” grocery store 🙂

  • Jonathan says:

    Thanks !!

  • Tony Yoder says:

    This soup is the best I want some send it in the mail ASAP I’ve loved it my whole life ever since she was in seventh grade I am going to make her make it for me the next time I see you

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