El Torito’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Do you love chicken tortilla soup? El Torito’s a great chicken tortilla soup, it’s full of vegetables, and chicken breast. If you are looking for light chicken soup, this is the one for you.
Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken tortilla soup is one of the best soups around. It’s a chicken soup that is full of flavor. El Torito’s chicken tortilla soup is rather unique. It is packed full of white chicken meat, and fresh vegetables. If you are looking for a light soup, this is the one for you.

El Torito – It’s all about fresh and bold ingredients

If you are lucky to live in the Los Angeles area, you may be familiar with the El Torito restaurants. Outstanding food and they strive to give each guest a wonderful experience, it’s hard not to love this restaurant. Tableside preparation of many of their most-loved dishes makes for a fun evening.

A chicken tortilla soup with lots of freshness

A lot of chicken tortilla soup is rather bland and does not have a lot it in. This soup is perfect because it has fresh zucchini, squash, carrots, potatoes, and more. I love that this soup is really packed full of fresh vegetables. It also has fresh cilantro and fresh mint to give this a brightness to the soup.

Origin of chicken tortilla soup

This much-loved soup may have had its origin in Mexico City. Like many other dishes, as this dish made its way north from Mexico the soup changed a bit. Near Mexico City, the soup was a chicken soup with no tomatoes, It always contained chicken and tortillas, but in California, tomatoes and beans can be found in the soup. No matter if you have the original style of soup or one that was developed later, you are going to sink your soup into a bowl of delicious soup.

Toppings for Chicken Tortilla Soup

For me, soups that have a Tex-Mex or inspiration from Mexico means that you have a variety of options for toppings. Here are some of my favorite toppings.

  • crispy strips of corn tortilla
  • slices of avocado
  • slices of lime
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • chopped cilantro
  • Tabasco chipotle sauce

Want to find more chicken tortilla soups? Be sure to check out these chicken tortilla soup recipes.

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Luby’s Tortilla Soup

El Torito’s Chicken Tortilla Soup is from El Torito Mexican restaurant, Los Angeles, CA. Source Los Angeles Times 12-26-96.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

El Torito's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Make El Torito's Tortilla Soup at home with this recipe.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: El Torito's Tortilla Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 321kcal


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 quart chicken broth
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced potato
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile en adobo, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon pickled jalapeno chile seeded, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound diced zucchini
  • 1 pound diced squash
  • 1/2 diced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon sweet Sherry (preferably Harvey's Bristol Cream)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • 4 corn tortillas cut into thin strips
  • oil for frying
  • 1/2 pound shredded Jack cheese
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro


  • Poach chicken breast in simmering chicken broth until done through, about 10 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle and shred. Combine chicken
    broth, chicken, red onion, carrots, potato, tomato paste, bay leaf, garlic, chipotle and jalapeno chilies, oregano, cumin and salt and pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Correct seasoning, if necessary. Add zucchini, squash, pepper, lime juice, and Sherry. Bring again to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add cilantro and mint. Stir, then remove from heat. To assemble, fry tortilla strips in hot oil until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Ladle soup into each bowl. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and tortilla strips. Garnish each bowl with an avocado slice and sprig cilantro. Serve at once.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 1622mg | Potassium: 1246mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3615IU | Vitamin C: 66.1mg | Calcium: 294mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Janet Nagel

    5 stars
    Yum! I’ve been trying different tortilla soup recipes and had not found “the one” yet. The El Torito name caught my eye because I used to love to eat at their restaurants when I lived out there. This recipe is “the one”! So many good vegetables and good flavors, with plenty of broth. I like the seasonings and I love the lime in it. I am so happy to have found this recipe! Thanks.!

  2. Janet Nagel

    Anything non-alcoholic that can be substituted for the sherry/Harvey’s Bristol cream? Can’t have the alcohol due to health issues. Thanks.

  3. Kevin Lingor

    try this for cool weather meal – substitute maggi Caldo Sabor Pollo for broth, omit mint.
    must include cumin, chipolte en adobo, lime juice, cilantro. use all of whole roast chickens at the grocer. do not leave out zuchini/squash must add

  4. Arlyne

    This soup is amazing!! I’ve never had the one at ‘el torito’..and I was trying to find the one at ‘el torito grill’..it tastes so similar. Has a hint of lime and the ingredients are delicious!! I used about half of everything on this recipe to make a smaller serving and it was still enough to feed five adults!! It’s become a family favorite..love love love it!!

  5. heather

    5 stars
    This is THE BEST tortilla soup recipe I have ever tried. Don’t be tempted to subtitute pre-made tortilla chips in the place of fried tortilla strips, you’d be selling the dish short 🙂 AMAZING recipe, a family and co-worker favorite. Thanks!

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