Big Popper Hot Buffalo Chicken and Bacon Grilled Cheese.
So, I may be constantly freezing my butt off, but at least with winter, there is soup!
And pretty snow too, which I am surprisingly still enjoying…but I am definitely at the point where I would not mind a long tropical vacation. But let’s be honest, the only month of the year that I wouldn’t want a tropical vacation is December, any other month of the year – I am all in!
But since there is like zero chances of any tropical vacations this month, I am bringing soup to the table today. Or I guess to the blog, but I think you know what I mean.
Soup is so comforting and cozy, and after a kind of rough Monday + Tuesday, I am so ready for a big bowl of this cheesy Mexican soup.
Lately, I am on a HUGE Mexican soup kick. Meaning I have two other Mexican inspired soup recipes that I want to post sometime before spring and I am wondering just how to get them all in without you guys complaining that I have done one too many Mexican soup recipes. I’ll figure it out though because each recipe is too good not to share.
First up, cheesy chicken tortilla tortellini soup!!!
See, it’s not JUST tortilla soup, it has tortellini… and cheese!! Yes, yes, yes. Carbs, carbs, carbs. Cheese, cheese, cheese. Another big fat YES. You see, I married crazy awesome Mexican flavors with Italian tortellini, and while it is nowhere near traditional, it IS awesome. And one-hundred percent weeknight friends over/family friendly/date night ready. So basically it’s perfect for any night – and all occasions. It’s just an all around, gold medal kind of soup.
And wow. Do I sound like I am selling something or what?!? Sorry. I am either one of three things. Excited, anxious or incredible tired. Err, actually I am combo of all three things at the moment, but I am not complaining. It’s Wednesday, which basically means Friday is almost here and yeah, that’s pretty good news.
OK FOCUS. No more getting off track. Soup!
I made this soup the crazy easy way. A lot of you are probably going to tell me this is not tortilla soup at all, but whatever, I am sticking with my name. This recipe is one I actually made years ago before the blog was even a thing. I remember my mom wanting soup for lunch, but all I could find were a few cans of enchilada sauce, so I made soup out of the enchilada sauce, topped it with tortilla strips and called it lunch. The thing is? That ten minute soup turned out to be awesome and I have been wanting to re-create the recipe ever since.
Of course, all I can remember about the recipe is that I used enchilada sauce and I called it tortilla soup. Oh well, I came up with another quick and easy recipe that would probably knock that old soup recipe out its cozy winter socks. I mean, there is tortellini and homemade tortilla strips involved here….
So like I said, this soup recipe is SO easy. The bulk of the flavor comes from the enchilada sauce, meaning there are not a whole lot of ingredients. WINNER. I did make some salty lime tortilla strips that you really have to try. So much better than store-bought and way healthier too!!
Oh, and the tortellini? I know, it’s a little weird in a Mexican soup, but I promise it’s the bomb. SO GOOD.
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Picky husband approved!! Tried a vegetarian version of this recipe today and also added some spinach and corn. Turned out wonderful and perfect for snowy, freezing Illinois weather. Thank you!
Happy Friday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan
Perfect soup for a snowy day in Maine today! So delish and hearty!
Thank you so very much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Holidays!??
Well this will be going into the regular rotation! It was delicious. My 5 year old daughter loved it and had two bowls.
Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xTieghan
Any advice for subbing tenders to thighs?
No adjustments needed. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
Looks delicious! I have rotisserie chicken and wondering if that can be used in this recipe?
Totally, just add towards the end to warm through. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
This was SO good! My entire family (including picky toddlers) devoured it!!!
That is so amazing to hear! Thank you Catie! xTieghan
This was so good! The only change I would make for next time is add more tortellini, because you can never have too much of that! The tortilla strips were a fun addition to the soup also! Looking forward to leftovers this week! 🙂
I am so happy this turned out so amazing for you, Andrea! Thank you so much for trying this one! xTieghan
How can I make this in an Instant Pot, looks DELISH!! Love your site!!
Hi Kelli! I have never tested this in the instant pot, so I really can’t say for sure. I would recommend cooking on high pressure for 8 minutes, then add the tortellini just before serving at the end of cooking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
Would you need to decrease the liquid if you make the pasta separate? My husband has celiac but my kids are obsessed with tortellini.
Hi! I don’t think you need to decrease the liquid. Should be just fine as is. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love this recipe! 🙂
I am making this soup for our end of fiscal year “soup off”. I have made it twice before and it is fabulous. Can’t wait to win the competition!
Aw how fun!! I hope its a hit!! That would be so cool! Let me know how it goes, thanks Ed!
This soup is amazing! My wife and I can’t believe how tasty it is!
THANKS! So happy you loved it!
Just a quick question for ya: When I “pin” a picture from your site and click on it later to get the recipe, am I supposed to be directed to the page with the recipe on it or just your site in general? Lately I’ve been pinning a lot of recipes (this one included) and I noticed that they just go to the home page… Not that it will deter me from tracking it down to make it!! Just thought I’d ask/ let you know if there is a problem.
They should go right to that exact recipe. I will look into the issue. Thanks for letting em know and for all the kind words!
This is so good. Thank you. Just indulging in a bowl. Love it. A Saturday night favorited.
I made this soup last week and my husband said it was the best he has ever had and i make A LOT of soups!! I did make my own enchilada sauce from Little Spice Jar and I think that always makes a difference. I love your blog as it is always so interesting and full of flavor! Thank you!!
I also made this for dinner last night. I told my family we were going on a culinary adventure this week, since Monday night was Jamaica. 🙂 This was unbelievable!!! I made my own red sauce which I think gave it more depth of flavor. Please keep your greatness coming! I love it. 🙂
THANK YOU! And yes, I bet your red sauce made this recipe so much better! 🙂
I made this last night and it was amazing [as all your recipes are!] I can’t wait until lunch so I can have it again!
THANK YOU! So happy you loved this!