Tortilla Soup a la Latina

I love to cook. I do.

There is almost a zen-like quality to starting with fresh ingredients and mixing, stirring, sautéing things and finally serving something amazing and delightful to the palate. But that doesn’t mean that I’m a slave to food fashion.

More than liking to cook, I just love to eat.

So I have some really simple and delicious go-to meals. This is one of my favorites, because it just requires collecting the ingredients, slicing up a few things and … ahem … opening cans.

Yes, that’s right. Cans. (Don’t judge me.)

The Cuban word for “can” is “lata.”

And, after all…

I am Latina! =D

tortilla soup

Easy Tortilla Soup
-2 cans chicken broth (or about 28 oz.’s)
-2 cans diced tomatoes (I usually like the ones with onions & peppers added.)
-1 small can diced green chiles (I like mild, but this is according to personal taste.)
-1 can black beans
-1 fully cooked roasted chicken (the kind you can pick up at the grocery store)
-1 can of corn

ingredients for tortilla soup

-Tortilla strips
-Sliced avocados
-Grated jack and cheddar cheeses
-Slices of lime
-Sour cream

1. Take chicken apart (easiest to do it while it’s still warm and just use your fingers) into bite-size pieces.

2. Open all cans and place contents into a large pot.

3. Stir in chicken pieces and heat through.

tortilla soup on stove

4. Set out assorted garnishes and let everyone add to their soup according to their personal tastes.


I know you’re skeptical about the can thing, but once again, you’ll just have to trust me.

You can thank me later. ;-)

(Recipe originally posted on MBFCF in another form.)

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By Marta on September 14, 2009 · Posted in casa + cultura, food

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Posted on September 14th, 2009

Violeta says:

Making this today. Thanks, Marta!

Posted on September 17th, 2009

Violeta says:

Just had a bowl. Yum!

Posted on September 17th, 2009

nydia says:

Dig this! Thx for making it so easy. Sometimes I get scared off by the purism of my mom’s only-from-scratch cooking and just assume I don’t have time to do it. But I can’t WAIT to try this….tan facil!

Posted on September 18th, 2009

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Posted on July 19th, 2010

LaCosmopolatina says:

I love this recipe! Yes, it can be daunting working with fresh ingredients, and truthfully, as busy, on-the-go, Latinas we may not always have the time to go to the market and shop for fresh produce. Sometimes we need to improvise and just work with what we have, and who doesn’t have latas de comida in their kitchen? The only thing I would change is the chicken option, but only because I am a vegetarian. For those vegetarian Latinas out there (yes, we do exist!), you can easily substitute the chicken for tofu, or add extra beans (different types- like chick peas, etc) for that extra boost of protein. Can’t wait to try it!

-la exploradora @lacosmopolatina

Posted on July 20th, 2010