Sopa Azteca (Mexican Chicken soup)


I first had this soup at a restaurant in town.  I loved it!  I looked it up to see what was in it and found that many foods with rice in them are referred to as Azteca.  That was about 15 years ago.  Now it seems Sopa Azteca is associated with the tortillas -aka – Mexican Tortilla soup.  Here is a recipe that is closer to the soup that I ate for the first time (and you do it in the crock pot!)

What you need:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce
  • 1 16 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ cup dry rice (optional)


  • 1 dozen corn tortillas (and about 1/4 cup oil to fry them; I like corn oil for this)
  • sour cream (or Mexican Crema Fresca)
  • Mexican Queso Fresco cheese
  • cilantro, chopped
  • green onion, chopped
  • fresh jalapeño pepper, diced
  • avocado, chopped
  • Lime Wedges
  • Chopped chicharron – but don’t use the ones in the bag.  Go to a Mexican market and get some freshly cooked chicharron.  My preference is to leave them out if I can’t get these.

How to Do it:

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.


Place the chicken and the rest of the soup ingredients, except the rice, in a crock pot.  Cook on low and cook for 8-9 hours.  If you are putting the rice in, add it during the last two hours.


Put the oil in a small, deep pan and heat on medium-high.  Cut 5 or 6 tortillas into small strips while the oil is heating.


Cook the strips until they are a golden brown.  Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.


Chop the garnishes.


Fill a bowl with the soup and let each person add the garnishes they want.


Serve with warm tortillas on the side.

Serves 4-6


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10 Responses to Sopa Azteca (Mexican Chicken soup)

  1. Leigh says:

    This soup sounds so delicious! I must try it son.

  2. Danita Carr says:

    Looks easy and delicious! #SmallVictories

  3. This sounds great. Thanks for sharing on Small Victories.

  4. Yummy! I wish my boys loved soup as much as I do in the fall and winter. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  5. Fabiola says:

    There are dozens of variations on the recipe for Sopa Azteca here in Mexico. My mom makes it somewhat like this, except she doesn’t add cream and uses chipotle chilies instead of jalapeno.

    • HelenFern says:

      This one is based on one I had at a restaurant. I sat and picked through everything and then tried to recreate it – I liked my better!! But your mom’s sounds really good! I love chipotle –

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I could use a serving of this right now! It looks delish, Helen. Thanks for sharing!

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