Friday, September 23, 2011

I’m obsessed with Whole Food’s Chicken Tortilla Soup.

** Think you like this recipe? There is an even better one posted called "Better Than Whole Foods Chicken Tortilla Soup," posted here.

Just because the nearest Whole Foods is two hours away from Northwest Arkansas, doesn’t mean that we can’t participate in its awesomeness.

Whenever I’m in Tulsa or North Little Rock or wherever there is a Whole Foods, I make a beeline to the soup station.  Their chicken tortilla soup (strangely though, I’ve never actually seen any tortilla in it) packs such a KA-POW of flavor that I just may be addicted to it.

I’ve been known to dream about it.

And drool in my sleep when dreaming about it.

My heart is now racing.

Okay, you may be wondering, “how can we participate in Whole Foods awesomeness since it is so far away?”

Answer:  Their website!  It’s overflowing with a bounty of recipes and tips!  Sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss anything.

Let’s talk about that chicken tortilla soup and the KA-POW factor.  It’s good.  

Realllllly out-of-this-world delicious.

It’s easy to make, too.  And fast.  Perfect for today.

Want the recipe?

Serves 4 to 6 (so they say, my husband and I can easily polish this off in one sitting!)


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
2 cups water (I use 1 cup water with 1 cup chicken broth)
1 tablespoon lime juice, more to taste
1/4 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup crumbled yellow corn tortilla chips (I skipped this, no reason, just because)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
(I added the equivalent of half of a roasted chicken.  An easy way to do this is to buy a rotisserie chicken and half it yourself!)


In a medium soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until the onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chile and cumin and cook a minute longer. Add tomatoes with their juices, water and salt. Cover the pot and cook gently, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings. Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated cheese, tortilla chips and cilantro. Serve immediately.


Per serving (about 10oz/285g-wt.): 100 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 12g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 5mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium

You’re going to love this, so enjoy!

Happy Fall!


Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.


  1. You know how I feel about soup, but this actually looks good.

  2. Thanks Cary! I bought a new flash for my camera today so I can take better photos. Might inspire you to actually eat soup one day. :)


  3. Mmmmmmm I bet that's amazing! I wish the Boy liked tortilla soup!

  4. He might if he tried this one! :) Compliments to Whole Foods, of course! :)

  5. You might like my version as well.

    The rose water arrived. Thanks so much:)

    I still need to pick up the T and T certificate. Do you have that address?

    Your "Comment" is only letting me post Anonymously. Sorry

  6. Lyndi,you should do a post on the roasted chicken to chicken stock process. I often roast a chicken just because I'm running low on stock.


  7. Hi Blake,

    Great idea! I actually wrote one the other day for my guest column on and it was featured yesterday! I'll go ahead and post a link to that right now.


  8. YUM! I love all things Whole Foods and hate the closest is LR. Whenever my mother comes up to visit, she always makes brings me my favorite items from WF.

  9. Mrs. Clark Bar... you have a good mom!!! :)


  10. I agree. I live in NoVa and the Chicken Tortilla soup at the soup station is incredible. (Just had it for lunch today) It's my favorite Chicken Tortilla soup. There's a smokey flavor in the soup that you'll also find in some of the other chicken soups they sell.

    I've seen the recipe that you posted on the WF website and I'm 99% sure that will not produce the soup that they sell at the soup station. Thought the recipe sounds like a good base.

    Skip the pre-packaged version of this soup. It's not the same. I was very disappointed.

    1. The recipe is pretty close! It does miss a bit of the smokey flavor that you mentioned. Add some adobo sauce and you will be good to go!

      Thanks for the pre-packaged tip!



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