Full Moon Cafe Tortilla Soup

This is another great take on the much loved Tortilla soup.  Don’t miss out on this delicous and spicy tortilla soup recipe.

Tortilla Soup

Full Moon Cafe Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Sopu

Full Moon Cafe Tortilla Soup

Make Full Moon Cafe Tortilla Soup just like they do.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Full Moon Cafe Tortilla Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 239kcal


  • 1/2 Gallon Chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • To thicken make a roux.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese mixed.
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 2 teaspoons diced jalapenos
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 cup cooked, diced chicken meat (Full Moon marinates chicken in fajita seasonings)


  • In a large stock pot bring water and white pepper to a boil.
  • In a small pan make a roux of butter and flour over medium heat.  First, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and thickened.
  • Stir roux into chicken stock. 
  • Add cheese to stock and stir until melted. Add remaining ingredients to stock and heat. To hold, place soup in top of double boiler over hot water. To serve sprinkle individual servings with strips of flour tortillas that has been deep-fried. Garnish with a dollop of guacamole and mixed cheese.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Sabrina

    4 stars
    Lots of people commented that this was watery. So I did personal edits… I did six cups of chicken broth, only one cup of half & half, and make sure to drain the can of Rotel. Bot my husband and I had tasted the original full moon tortilla soup. This is kinda close. I think I put more chicken in than asked for. My husband loved the can of tomatoes from the Rotel he thought it was a nice addition. But by reducing the chicken broth and half and half it is less watery- more like the original full moon soup.

  2. Norman

    Garnish with a dollop of guacamole and mixed cheese and tortilla strips

    This recipe was published in the Tulsa World newspaper where the Cafe was located, If you’ll add about 1 to 1 1/2 tsp ground sage plus 1 tsp salt, you’ll have what is a TRUE Full Moon Tortilla Soup. Tortilla strips can be cut, sprayed with olive oil, sprinkled with sea salt and baked in a 350* oven for about 10 minutes, stirred, and baked another 10 minutes to crisp.

  3. Patricia Craft

    4 stars
    I am a former Tulsan and adore Full Moon Tortilla soup. This soup recipe is too thin. I added another cup of flour and this made it very similar to the same consistency of the original Full Moon Tortilla soup.Trish I

  4. Billie

    5 stars
    LOVED THIS! I added a can of corn for more texture. My other changes that I made were: I didnt have Rotel tomatoes w/chiles but I had diced tomatoes & 1 can of green chiles. I used leftover salsa chicken that I’d made the night before (it was too juicy for tacos!- Salsa Chicken=chicken breasts in crockpot, pour taco seasoning envelope over, pour salsa over- cook til done. Remove chicken, add sour cream to salsa mix, add shredded chicken back & serve on tacos or over rice- YUMMY!) This recipe will be put in my rotation- I’ll just add the jalepenos on the side for my own bowl. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    Loved this soup! I cut back on the jalapenos but it still turned out great! I put them on the side for those that like more spice.

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