Sans Tortilla Soup

I love soup season. The delicious aroma of a slow-cooked soup when I come home is one of the most delicious and comforting smells in the world. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I had, because all is right when I step through the door and my home smells of dinner. I have been contemplating doing some sort of soup marathon, partially for my love of soups and partially to expand my soup making horizons. I can’t wait until it is slightly cooler to start it out. What is your favorite Fall soup?

This soup is our go-to. Spicy, scrumptious Tortilla Soup. Which we have coined “sans tortilla soup” since we never actually put any tortillas in it. I am not a big fan of the added tortilla chip that gets all soggy in the soup. I do love the combination of flavors, spicy kicks of chili powder, green chiles, and enchilada sauce, with smoky cumin, slow-cooked chicken, and hearty diced tomatoes. Delicious!

Sans Tortilla Soup


  • 6-8 chicken tenderloins, thawed
  • 2 (14 oz) cans of black beans, drained
  • 1 (14 oz can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz can) green enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4 oz) can of diced green chiles
  • 1 box reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cumin seed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (we used chipotle chili)
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce (we like Frank’s)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sometimes I like to add a pinch of sugar and cinnamon to give it a spicy, sweet flavor (optional)


  1. In a large slow-cooker add all of the ingredients and set to low.
  2. Cook for 5 hours and then shred the chicken. Cook for another 30 minutes and serve hot.
  3. Serve with: tortilla chips or wheat crackers, shredded cheese, or sour cream (to make it creamy)

The Fresh Fridge Tip: My favorite thing about this soup is all of the flavor combinations you can modify and change to suit your tastes. Other yummy additions could include diced white onions, white & yellow corn, or diced green bell peppers!

9 Responses to “Sans Tortilla Soup”

  1. I’m not a big fan of the soggy tortillas, either! The soup, however, looks great!

  2. Michelle says:

    Sounds great and I love that you use the crock pot to have it ready when you walk in the door.

  3. indie.tea says:

    It looks delicious :)

  4. deviantmonk says:

    This is my favorite soup. It’s even better on the second day after all the flavors have mixed together overnight, so be sure to save enough for leftovers. :-)

  5. Joanne says:

    I’ve been craving Mexican flavored food lately. I think it’s the spice factor. I need it to warm up my life! This looks delicious and I WAY prefer it without the tortillas as well!

    My favorite soup is butternut squash!

  6. Eliana says:

    This is absolutely perfect for fall. I love thick and creamy soup, like a thick broccoli cheddar. YUM!!!

  7. Gorgeous color! Yes, we’re big soup eaters in the cooler months–especially spicy soups!

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