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Tortilla Soup (Mexican Chicken Soup)

Tortilla Soup  (Mexican Chicken Soup)


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Tortilla Soup (Mexican Chicken Soup)

Jewish chicken soup with a Latin flavor. Who would have thought? A great twist on traditional soup, this also makes a filling weekday dinner.


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  • 3 1/2 - 4 pounds whole chicken or chicken parts
  • 3 quarts water or enough to cover chicken
  • 2-3 onions, sliced (3 1/2 cups)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, quartered
  • 4 carrots, cut in large chunks (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon bottled jalapenos or 1 teaspoon fresh Anaheim or 1 teaspoon crushed chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped coarsely (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice (approximately 2-3 limes)


Add chicken and water to a soup pot and bring to a boil. Add all other ingredients except for tomato paste, tomatoes, and lime juice. Simmer for three hours.

Taste for flavor after it has cooked thoroughly. Add the tomato paste and more water if the broth is too rich. Remove the chicken and vegetables.

Chill the soup so the fat congeals. Remove fat. Add the vegetables and chicken back into the soup pot, plus the tomatoes and lime juice. Bring the soup to a boil. Serve with fried tortilla strips for a topping and extra limes for squeezing.


For a simpler variation on Mexican Chicken Soup (i.e., Jewish Chicken Soup); omit tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, lime juice, and tortilla strips.


1-2 limes, cut in 8 pieces (garnish – to be served on the side) or a small pitcher of lime juice.


About Shifrah Devorah and Zipporah Malka


We are a mother-daughter team who LOVE food. So when we started keeping kosher about seventeen years ago, we had to learn how to convert our love of food and eating to our new kosher lifestyle. Now we share what we learned with you. Read more about our first book The Complete Asian Kosher Cookbook and our newest book, Mexican Kosher Cooking

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