Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup: A Secret Recipe Club Reveal

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Every month I get so excited about my next Secret Recipe Club assignment.  Secret what?  If you haven’t already heard about the club, it’s a club where bloggers are assigned another club member’s blog.  The idea is to cook one of their recipes and post on reveal day.  This is the brain child of Amanda from Amanda’s Cookin’, currently there are four groups.  I’m in Group C hosted by the wonderful (and patient) Angie of Big Bear’s Wife.

This month I got Rachel from The Avid Appetite.  First of all I have an avid affection for alliterations, so I think  the name of her blog is adorable (see how I did that)and so is Rachel.  After cruising through her blog and reading the ‘about me’ section, I decided that she should rename her blog to “The Adorable Avid Appetite”.  Rachel only got the cooking bug in the last few years, it took wanting to be a “kick ass” wife to get her in the kitchen.  She’s been blogging her experiences and from what I could tell I think she has definitely mastered the kitchen!

I had to choose a recipe but narrowing things done is always difficult.  Lucky for me, Rachel has a Weight Watchers section and since I half heartedly follow Weight Watcher’s I wanted to choose a recipe from there.  One of the toughest things to manage when counting calories is cooking something fast that isn’t junk food.  Rachel had posted a quick little recipe for a tortilla pizza cooked in a pan.

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I recently bought a Cucina Pro tortilla maker/cooker and had not made tortillas yet (I’ve made Lefse with it) so I thought I’d make my own tortillas and have some on hand for whenever the tortilla pizza bug hit me.  Unfortunately my whole wheat tortillas did not turn out right.  I could wax poetic about all the failings but I’ll spare you.  I was able to salvage a few and made a Mexican tortilla pizza with taco sauce and Weight Watcher’s cheese mix.  Since I flubbed that one and decided it wasn’t worthy of me to share my experiment, I went back to her site; Rachel had just posted another recipe that caught my eye that included the Weight Watcher’s points.

Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Soup lover, check.  Cheese lover, check. Mexican food lover, check.  Zombie run lover????  You’ll have to go to her post to find out what that’s all about.  I made a few changes to Rachel’s recipe to suit our families love of bold flavors and also because I didn’t have cooked chicken on hand.  My recipe includes using chicken breast, seasoning them and then cooking them at the beginning.

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In addition to using the green bell pepper that Rachel’s recipe called for I used some of my newest favorite vegetable, the sweet mini peppers plus a jalapeno.  I set to chopping the peppers, chop, chop, push aside, new pepper, chop, chop push aside and so on, when I was done I had inadvertently made the shape of a pepper.  Just for kicks I stuck a pepper stem on top and took a picture.

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I’m a lazy cook for sure, most of the time I like food bold and simple to prepare.  Lazy cooks are typically lazy when it come to clean-up also.  I clean as I go because I detest a giant mess at the end, that being said I minimalize the amount of dirty dishes I make.  One of the little tricks I use is by making an inverted lid a plate.  In this case I cooked the chicken and needed to set it aside for later.  Maybe not the most brilliant kitchen tip ever, or maybe it is for the other lazy cooks out there..

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I used light butter versus margarine and fat free half and half. The only other changes were the addition of cumin and smoked paprika and I used blue corn tortilla chips and cilantro for garnish (none of which change the Points Plus value).  Very festive!

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The soup was like a Mexican Party in my mouth. Creamy and crunchy, cheesy and spicy, hearty but not heavy.

Una Sopa Perfecta!

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Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  2. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  4. 2 red mini sweet peppers, diced
  5. 2 orange mini sweet peppers, diced
  6. 2 yellow mini sweet peppers, diced
  7. 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  8. 1 onion, finely diced
  9. 2 Tbsp light butter
  10. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  11. 1 cup fat-free milk
  12. 3 cup fat free, reduced sodium chicken broth
  13. 2 tablespoons fat free half-and-half
  14. 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with chiles
  15. 2 1/2 C reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  16. kosher salt to taste
  17. Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  18. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, divided
  19. 1/2 teaspoon cumin, divided
  20. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus extra for garnish
  21. tortilla chips, broken into small pieces for topping
  22. sour cream, for garnish
  23. chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
  1. Sprinkle the cubed chicken breast with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder.
  2. In a dutch oven or other large pot, heat the oil over medium heat, add chicken and cook until chicken is done about 8 minutes (if the chicken doesn't sweat enough moisture to cook it without it sticking add a tablespoon of water as needed). Remove the chicken with a spider or slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Add the butter, peppers and onions to the dutch oven, saute until tender about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika, cook for 30 more seconds.
  4. Whisk in the flour until combined, cook for one minute. Whisk in the chicken broth and milk and bring to a light boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese and half and half. Stir until completely melted and combined.
  5. Sir in the chicken and diced tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper. Adjust spices to suit your taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips (with extra on the side) and chopped cilantro.
Adapted from
Adapted from
The Kitchen Witch
Thanks Rachel for a recipe that my family loved!  Please take some time and visit the adorable Avid Appetite.  If you’d like to see more Secret Recipe Club reveals follow the blog hop below.

I’d also like to say a special thanks to Jane of The Heritage Cook for babysitting Group C this week while Angie was off in sunny Florida for blogging stuff, THANKS JANE.

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31 Responses to Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup: A Secret Recipe Club Reveal

  1. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Rhonda! You are so incredibly sweet! 🙂 I’m so happy that you got my blog this month…and wow! the soup looks really amazing! So vibrant and beautiful. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it!!

    • Giggles March 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      Rachel, your site was truly wonderful, perfect for my “avid appetite”.

  2. Toni March 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I love, Love, LOVE your site! You crack me up every time I visit. I was so happy to get your blog this month! I’m making BBQ bacon meatloaf and vegetable rice pilaf this week too. You’re amazing!

    • Giggles March 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      Toni, you are too sweet. I hope when the weather gets better you’ll be posting more Dutch Oven recipes. I plan on doing a lot of it this Summer.

  3. Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Si una sopa perfecta! It looks and sound really good. I love your photo of the pepper shape with the cut up peppers, so cute!

    • Giggles March 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      Thanks Nancy, it’s a rainbow of a pepper 😉

  4. heidi March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I love tortilla soup but unfortunately Hubby does not share this love, so I have to make it when alone. Your version is beautiful with the blue corn chips and cilantro! And I also love the pepper rainbow 🙂
    And respect for not giving up when the first dish didn’t turn out right!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Heidi, I felt bad that my first recipe did not turn out 🙁 I am so glad that I found another recipe, this one will surely become a regular in our house.

  5. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) March 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Gorgeous soup, Rhonda…and the fact that it’s healthy too? Bonus! Great pics as usual!!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks Wendy, I’m so glad that it’s healthy or I would have some serious guilt feelings after bowl #2.

  6. Teri @ The Freshman Cook March 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    What a delicious looking recipe. The ingredients sound fantastic, and your photography is just beautiful. Great recipe!!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Thanks Teri, you’re so kind.

  7. cindy March 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    It’s 11;30 pm and I would love a dish of this right now. It looks so delicious. I like lots of flavor and color. Perfect SRC pick.

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      This dish would be good anytime although I can’t attest to how well it reheats since we slurped up every single bit of it.

  8. Foodness Gracious March 20, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    I love the colors on the soup, fantastic and a great SRC post 🙂

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      The blue tortillas really pop against the cheesy soup.

  9. Chris and Amy March 20, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    What a gorgeous, colorful, delicious-looking bowl of soup! Yum!!!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks, it’s just a delicious as it looks!

  10. Eliot March 20, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Your pepper pic made me smile. Did I ever tell you that The Hubs fell in love with me b/c of my cheesy tortilla soup? I will have to give this recipe a try and see what he thinks. This was a delicious, delectable, and delightful post! (I wanted to continue the alliteration but couldn’t think of any more “D” words.)

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Delicious, delectable and delightful, ha, you crack me up! I didn’t realize cheesy tortilla soup was so romantic.

  11. Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie March 20, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Your pictures are so adorable! I just love ’em! The soup looks like it is packed with flavor – I wish I could try it right now!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 8:47 am #

      Thanks Jamie, the soup was so good, my family can’t wait till I make it again.

  12. Melissa March 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    What a delicious looking soup! I love your inadvertent pepper…so fun when that happens!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      I was so surprised that I made a pepper out of peppers. If I tried to do it on purpose it wouldn’t have turned out.

  13. Home with Mandy March 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Wow, I love your photos! This recipe is so right up my alley – all my favorite ingredients too! Great post!

    • Giggles March 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      Thanks, this recipe was right up our alley also. Of course anything with cheese is up our alley!

  14. Kitchen Butterfly March 23, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I love the way the ‘blue’ corn tortillas change the colour palette! Hmmm, you are going ‘nuclear’ with your photos. I’m a sucker for beauty and the bowl of soup is calling ma name! Well done

  15. Stephanie March 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show you some blog luv! def enjoyed this post 🙂 new follower!

    • Giggles March 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Thanks for the blog luv XOXO, can never have enough of it.

  16. Lisa~~ March 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    What a wonderful looking soup, the flavors sound just perfect. I’m saving this recipe to make very soon.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Cook Lisa Cook

    • Giggles March 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      thanks Lisa, I’ll have to check out broiled sushi…it intrigues me.