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Cafe Rio-Inspired Chicken Tortilla Soup

There is just something so magical about the steamy broth combined with tender chicken, vegetables, and whatever else your palate desires! That’s another thing I love about chicken soup, the versatility.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 178 kcal


  • 4-5 small carrots chopped
  • 4-5 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 boxes chicken broth
  • 3 large chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • Handful of cilantro leaves
  • Pico de gallo tortilla strips, shredded cheese, avocado, green onions, cilantro, sour cream etc. for garnish


  1. In a large pot heat olive oil on medium until hot. Add the carrots, celery and onion. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, cumin and salt and pepper. Saute for about 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add the chicken broth, cilantro and shredded chicken. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the soup is hot. If desired, add more cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve hot and garnish with your choice of toppings.

Recipe Notes:

Cafe Rio's version of this soup classic is so delicious that soon after the restaurant opened my youngest sister Dori (Riches To Rags By Dori) came up with her own version of it and it’s been my go-to chicken soup recipe ever since!

Nutrition Facts
Cafe Rio-Inspired Chicken Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 402mg11%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 6840IU137%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.