Cold and Rainy Days Call for Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This post about cold and rainy days, featuring Chicken Tortilla Soup, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All stories, photos, and opinions are my own. #NaturallyCheesy #CollectiveBias

It’s cold and rainy outside and I need something to warm my insides while also being delicious enough to serve others who may be visiting this time of year. This Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup that Howard made is sure to fit the bill. Come on in, warm up, and I’ll tell you all about it.

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You know they say if you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change. While that is mostly true, the rain has been lingering since about Wednesday or Thursday and the cold showed up about halfway through Friday. It’s Monday and I’m feeling blue, I can’t get warm, and I need something wholesome to heat up my insides. Howard made this Chicken Tortilla Soup for us today and it is just what the “doctor” ordered.

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This time of year is all about family, friends, and food and Howard has been cooking up some amazing dishes lately. He’s cooking desserts and casseroles and has opened up an online shop to take orders for the holidays. His food is just so amazing and I hope that one day he will get his restaurant that he so desperately wants. I think this small town we live in would really love his upscale comfort food the way that I do. But, for now, I’ll just have to keep testing out his food for him (I know, it’s a rough life) and sharing some of it with you guys from time to time.

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Whether you’re feeding your family at home or preparing a holiday meal for others, this Chicken Tortilla Soup is sure to be a star. It’s not too difficult to make and it will wow your guests while warming their insides in this cold and/or rainy season.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

What you’ll need:

1 pablano pepper, diced

1 white onion, diced

1 carrot, shredded

2 stalks of celery, diced

4 chicken thighs

3 cans chopped tomatoes

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne

2 tbsp black pepper

2 tbsp kosher salt

2 quarts chicken broth

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1/4 chopped cilantro

Juice of 4 limes

Garnish with:

Tortilla strips

Sour cream


24 oz. package of Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese, Mexican

What you’ll do:

Saute all veggies. Add canned chopped tomatoes and raw chicken. Combine all except cilantro and garnish items in a pot and cook on low for 4 1/2 hours. When done, add cilantro.  Garnish with tortilla strips, sour cream, avocado, and of course, lots of cheese!

Kraft cheese at Walmart

You probably noticed that we only use Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese in our recipes because it is the best, of course. It is a “better for you” option when shopping for the toppings for your soup. We found all of the ingredients we needed at our local Walmart.

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Now that you know Howard’s recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup, you can warm up and eat great like I do during this cold and rainy weather. You can invite your guests inside for something satisfying and warm during the holidays.

What is your favorite cheesy recipe to stay warm?


  1. Oh man, this really looks tasty!
    It’s been snowing/raining here all day, and I could really warm up with something delicious and hearty-cannot wait to give this a try (: Thanks for sharing <3

  2. I have never tried tortilla soup before but it sounds amazing. I would replace the chicken with Quorn as I am a vegetarian.
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  3. Pam says:

    I’m not a big soup person but your lovely photos make me want to try this one! It does sound like the perfect meal for a cool day!
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  4. Denea says:

    Pinning this! Sounds so good and perfect for my family!
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  5. sarah says:

    OMG I’m so hungry I’m drooling right now. Fantastic recipe will definitely try it out.

  6. I really love how this soup is loaded with all sorts of ingredients. I also like how it is topped with even more tastiness.
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  7. Oooo… This looks absolutely tasty!
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  8. This is like the perfect winter soup! Grab a bowl, a blanket and my favorite holiday movie and I’m all set!
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  9. Your soup looks amazing! I can’t believe I have everything on hand for it which makes it a winning recipe in my book. The more cheese I can top it with the better!
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  10. I’m not so big on soup but I know that my husband loooooves tortilla soup. I personally enjoy those tortilla strips so much. Your plating looks so nice, too.
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  11. Becca says:

    Awesome! I have been all about chicken tortilla soup lately and the more cheese, the better!
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  12. Erin says:

    Oh thats super yummy looking! Perfect for this crazy cold weather we’ve been having!
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  13. nicole says:

    Oh goodness this looks delicious
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  14. I saw this yesterday and pinned it because I know my family will LOVE it!
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  15. Di says:

    Oh yes it’s soup season! I’ve been having soup, stews and casseroles, and more pasta too! Always crave hot foods when the temps drop!
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  16. Donna says:

    We have definitely been having some soup weather around here too, this would be perfect!! Definitely my kind of soup!

  17. I cannot wait to try this recipe. It sounds delicious! We have a bit of a cold, rainy week ahead so I will have to try this one out! {client}
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  18. This looks amazing. The minute the weather chills, I’m all about soup. Love spicy!
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  19. That looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try this.
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  20. Jenn says:

    Tortilla soup is a big favorite in our house, too. I wonder if we’re due to get the rain you guys are experiencing–right now it’s topping out near 80 and I wouldn’t mind it being a little cooler since, you know, it’s December! (That’s the south for you, though!)
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  21. Oh this looks so warm and comforting. Right on the money for this cool weather.
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  22. YUM! One of my favorites! I think I could eat something taco related every day…bring on the jalapenos!
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  23. Soup is my favorite food in the winter! Thanks so much for sharing the “I have to try” recipe
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  24. One of my all-time favorites! Looks like a great recipe!
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  25. This is one hearty and delicious looking tortilla soup. It’s freezing in NY and this is soooo what I need right now!
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  26. Debra says:

    This sounds flat out divine! This it totally my kind of soup!
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