This nourishing bowl of chicken tortilla soup with hominy is brimming with Mexican flavors and packed with vitamins and minerals.
It’s always soup season in my house, but I will admit I get especially excited about soup when the temps start to dip here in Michigan. As the weather has turned more and more towards autumn and winter, I whipped up this delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy as a quick dinner that we could easily turn into lunches throughout the week (meal planning easy win!) There’s nothing quite like the kick of a spicy soup on a cold, winter’s day.
- Onion: I use a white onion as it’s mild enough that everyone, adults and kids, like the taste.
- Zucchini: A squash that takes on the flavor of what it’s cooked with, it’s a great source of many vitamins and nutrients.
- Red bell pepper: A bit stronger in flavor than other bell peppers, since they’ve been on the vine the longest, red peppers tend to be packed with the most nutrients.
- Garlic: Nutty and somewhat buttery that sweetens as it cooks with the onion.
- Chipotle peppers in adobo: Adds a delicious punch to the soup. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, make sure you remove the seeds to keep the soup mild.
- Cumin: Warm and nutty in flavor, it’s very commonly found in Mexican recipes.
- Smoked paprika: I like to use smoked paprika for the smoky flavor it adds compared to the more mild regular paprika.
- Chicken stock: A warm, full base for the soup’s broth.
- Diced tomatoes: I like to use fire roasted tomatoes for a bit of additional flavor, but you can use whatever you have on hand!
- Hominy: Another common ingredient in Mexican cuisine, hominy is made from dried corn kernels.
- Chicken breast: High in protein while low in calories, chicken is an affordable and accessible protein.
How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup with HOminy
Start your Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy by preparing all of your ingredients. Dice your bell pepper, zucchini, and onion, shred your chicken, and drain and rinse your hominy.
Then in a large pot over medium-high heat, add a bit of oil or cooking spray and add the diced onion.
Add in the red pepper and zucchini, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
Then use a microplane to freshly grate in your garlic cloves, and add the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Sprinkle in the cumin and smoked paprika and cook for an additional couple minutes.
Next you’ll pour in the chicken broth.
Followed by the diced fire roasted tomatoes.
Then add the drained and rinsed hominy.
Finish by adding the shredded chicken.
Stir so that all ingredients are fully mixed, season with a bit of additional salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes.
Serve with your favorite toppings, like crushed tortilla chips and cilantro, and enjoy your Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy!
- Make it vegetarian: Use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth, add some corn, and use black or navy beans instead of chicken to still have meatless protein.
- Use what you have. Don’t have chicken? Use beef or pork. Don’t have hominy? Use black beans. You can really make this recipe your own!
- Play with the toppings. Tortilla strips, jalapenos, some cheddar jack or Monterey jack cheese, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro, plain yogurt or sour cream, and lime wedges (for fresh lime juice) are some of my favorite things to serve on top of my tortilla soup!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this soup freezer friendly?
This soup is very freezer friendly and can last up to 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag.
How can I thicken my chicken tortilla soup?
Flour or cornstarch can be added to the broth to make it a bit thicker.
What pairs well with chicken tortilla soup?
I love to serve a fresh salad with my soup, like a classic green salad with an avocado cilantro dressing and some chips and salsa. You could also do a Tex-Mex combination and serve it alongside cornbread!
More Hearty Soups
- Green Chile Stew
- Stuffed Pepper Soup with Beef and Rice
- Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
- Lebanese Eggplant and Chickpea Stew
- Slow Cooker Caldo de Pollo
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My Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy is sure to please the whole family. Make a double batch and freeze half of it, you’ll thank me later when you don’t want to cook on a cold night!
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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 1 zucchini (diced)
- 1 red pepper (seeded and diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (minced)
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 8 cups chicken broth (low sodium or homemade)
- 15 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 15 ounce can hominy (drained and rinsed)
- 12 ounces cooked chicken breast (shredded)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 24 tortilla chips (lightly crushed)
- cilantro to serve
- Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Sauté onion, zucchini and red peppers until softened, 5-6 minutes.
- Add garlic, chipotle peppers, cumin and smoked paprika and cook another 2 minutes.
- Stir in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, hominy and cooked chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with crushed tortilla chips and fresh cilantro to serve.