Chicken Tortilla(less) Soup

Back when Jim and I were first married and I began eating meat again, I found that I loved Chicken Tortilla Soup. Once we went Paleo, I had to remove the black beans, the tortillas, and corn. Over the years it has been tweaked a bit, but here’s the current recipe – perfect for the winter.


Chicken Tortilla(less) Soup

This is a fall and winter staple at our house. The tangy-spicy taste is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 people


  • mixer (hand or stand)


Soup Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs chicken breasts pasture raised
  • 24 oz chicken bone broth
  • 32 oz fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 med. carrots sliced
  • 6 celery stalks sliced
  • 1 med. onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 tbsp cooking fat butter, ghee, etc.
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chiffonade, optional garnish
  • 2 avocados diced, optional garnish

Spice Blend

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder or to taste
  • ½ tsp cayenne or to taste
  • ½ tsp dried oregano



  • Saute onions and garlic over medium-high heat in a large soup pot with 1 tsp cooking fat. Once translucent, add in celery and carrots cooking and stirring for about 1 minute. 
  • Add both cans of diced tomatoes, bone broth, and chicken. Bring to a boil. Add in spices and stir. Once it come to a boil, reduce heat to medium. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temp of 165° F. Remove from heat. 
  • Shred chicken using one of the methods below. Then add chicken back to soup, stir, and add lime juice. Garnish as desired. 

Shredding Chicken

  • Handmixer: add cooked chicken to a large bowl and turn on the mixer at a low speed. This will shred the chicken – voila! Caution – hot chicken bits might fly about your kitchen. 
  • Stand mixer: using the paddle attachment, add cooked chicken to the stand mixer and turn on low. Increase the speed only 1-2 levels. This will also shred the kitchen EASY PEASY. Caution – hot chicken bits might fly about your kitchen. 
Keyword chicken, chicken soup, chicken tortilla soup, dairy free, paleo