Tortilla Soup

Photo by Anna Williams 
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  • Makes 4
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 482 calories
    • Calories 45 calories from fat
    • Fat 24 g
    • Sat Fat 6 g
    • Cholesterol 0 mg
    • Sodium 1,405 mg
    • Protein 46 g
    • Carbohydrate 21 g
    • Sugar 3 g
    • Fiber 9 g


  1. Check 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken
  2. Check 6 carrots, peeled
  3. Check 4 celery stalks
  4. Check 1 large yellow onion, quartered
  5. Check 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  6. Check 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  7. Check 2 avocados, thinly sliced
  8. Check 2 cups tortilla chips, plus more for serving


  1. Rinse the chicken inside and out and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the chicken in a large pot. 
  2. Cut 3 of the carrots and 2 of the celery stalks into 1-inch pieces. Quarter the onion. Add the cut vegetables to the pot with the salt, peppercorns, and enough cold water to cover (about 8 cups). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the top, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool.
  3. Strain the broth, discarding the vegetables. Return the broth to the pot.
  4. Thinly slice the remaining carrots and celery. Add them to the broth and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, when the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and add it to the soup.
  6. In each bowl, place a small handful of tortilla chips and the slices from 1/2 an avocado. Ladle some of the soup into each bowl and top with more chips, if desired.