Chicken Tortilla Soup for the Soul

Little lovebug woke up coughing yesterday. Thankfully, as of now, it sounds fairly superficial -like a little summer cold/ick- but I’ve been trying to think of ways to soothe her throat and stop the coughing. She had some warm mint tea in her sippy cup yesterday morning (loved it!), and for dinner, it was chicken tortilla soup. A little spice always help with any ick that comes our way, and for the child who now won’t eat her breakfast eggs until I put tiny dots of sriracha on them, let’s just say she was a big fan.

chicken tortilla soup

Baked plain chicken set to cool:

baked chicken

(375 for 20 minutes with salt, pepper and olive oil)

and in a large pot, I sauteed 1 chopped sweet onion, 1 can chopped green chilies, 1 teaspoon oregano, two cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper.

When the onions were translucent, I added 2 cans of drained diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1 carton of chicken broth and brought to a boil.

chicken tortilla soup

While it was boiling, I chopped the chicken, added it to the mix, covered it and let simmer for 20 minutes or so. Just before serving, I added in two cans of black beans, more salt, pepper and oregano to taste.

Put tortilla chips and avocado in bowls (cheese for the Pilot, none for Miss Livi since dairy isn’t the best when you’re coughing),

tortilla chips in bowls

topped with soup, and served with fresh chopped cilantro and lime.

chicken tortilla soup

Super simple and soooo delicious.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe


Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 can chopped green chiles
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • 1 carton (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 2 cans black beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Cheese (optional)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. While chicken is baking, in a large pot, heat oil or butter and sauté garlic, oregano and onions until translucent.
  4. Add chiles, tomatoes and chicken broth, and bring to a boil.
  5. When chicken is done, chop into bite sized pieces, then add it to the pot.
  6. Just before serving, add two cans of black beans.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Put tortilla chips in a bowl, top with cheese if desired.
  9. Pour soup on top, sprinkle on fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

Healthy comfort food! Simple, comforting chicken tortilla soup can easily be thrown together on a weeknight. Perfect for chilly nights or to soothe a cold.

Other Happenings

CrossFit bright and early this morning.


I flipped a tire! It’s funny because at work I show guests how to flip a tire for our bootcamp class, but I’ve never done it for my own workout. It killed me in the best way possible. I’m just gonna walk around flipping heavy things now, mmm k?

I also got the chance to test out my new Nanos that Reebok sent per our partnership. They’re my sponsor for the IDEA conference, and basically it was Reebok Christmas over here. I’ll show ya all the goods next week, but definitely wanted to showcase these shoes today. I have another pair of Nanos, and the recent ones I received are equally amazing. For cross training, Nanos are my favorite shoe, hands down. SOOOOO light, comfy, and supportive enough for weightlifting and quick cardio. (I pronate so I wouldn’t wear them for long distances.)

Reebok Nanos

I love these shoes so much that I asked Reebok if they might be able to do a giveaway, and they said yes (because they’re awesome like that). Two lucky readers will win their own pair of CrossFit Nanos. This is subject to color and size availability. (They said they’d give away two pairs like the ones I’m wearing above, but if they don’t have that color combo in your size, you can pick another color you like.)



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  1. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on July 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve been doing hill repeats (yuck!) training for my half marathon this october and I think I’m starting to actually LIKE hills. Who would have thought. I’ll probably change my mind though, the half I’m training for is the Nike Women’s Half in San Fran = hill central!

  2. Michelle on July 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    My workout accomplishment was getting back to yoga the other day for the first time in a couple of years!

  3. Natalia on July 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Pushed myself today even though I wasn’t feeling motivated. Feel great now!

  4. Natalia on July 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Just completing my workout today even though I lacked ANY motivation!

  5. Andrea on July 31, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Finally getting to the gym consistently after having a membership for over a year!

  6. Jessica on July 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I’ve been adding some barre and yoga workouts into my routine and have been loving it! I guess my biggest “accomplishment” lately is just keeping a regular workout routine while being a stay-at-home-mom for my 1 and 3 yr old! Keeps me healthy and sane! 😉

  7. Mollie on July 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I recently completed my first 5k!! Something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time!

  8. Alyshia Fykes on July 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I have lost 23 pounds since I had my son and that’s awesome for me!

  9. Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal on July 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    This isn’t a specific “accomplishment” per say, but I’ve noticed my endurance getting better and better with the addition of HIIT workouts on the treadmill.

  10. Jeanna on August 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Eight months pregnant and still cross fitting. I’m so thankful for a healthy body and praying for a healthy baby!

  11. Carly on August 1, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I just finished my 4th half marathon a week ago, and am so proud of myself!

  12. Kim on August 1, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Just signed up for my second half marathon, and getting back in the training loop! I also convinced my fiance to sign up as well – that’s the biggest accomplishment of all!

  13. Beth on August 1, 2013 at 12:28 am

    those are super cute shoes! I want a pair. I swam a mile and a half today. Small accomplishments leading to the bigger goal!

  14. Rebecca Martinez on August 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I love the fun new colors of the Nano 3.0’s!

  15. Lindsay on August 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Those shoes look awesome! Would they be great for HIIT? I’ve been taking some HIIT classes at my gym. I went yesterday before work, like I do twice a week, and my distance running shoes were hurting my feet. Doing Dave Ramsey financial peace so another pair of shoes isn’t in my budget right now.

  16. Nicole on August 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Made the tortilla soup last night- super easy and super YUMMY – everyone loved it!
    AND excited for August workouts- !

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      yay, i’m so happy you liked it!!

  17. Anne on August 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Would LOVE a purple pair to wear to BODYPUMP classes! Also, I am going to try this soup recipe once the weather gets a little cooler. YUM!

  18. Elaina on August 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    second post!! crossing my fingers 🙂 i just started running again and ran 6 miles for the first time in a year!!

  19. Mackenzie on August 3, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve heard so many people rave about nanos, I’m going to have to try them out sometime.

  20. Monica on August 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I just made this soup. It’s so good! I’ve never had soup served over tortilla chips. Thanks for sharing your method!

  21. Christina on August 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Made the soup tonight and it’s delicious! I added a bit of corn and frozen TJ’s spinach and my 19 month old gobbled it up. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  22. Lonnie on July 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Definitely will try that soup soon, it looks delicious!
    I teach pilates on the reformer and Core Align, and my big accomplishment lately has been to prepare to teach the advanced Core Align classes, so I’ve been practicing some hard moves on the Core Align.

  23. Bethany on March 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Soup sounds great and the shoes are cute!

  24. Monica on April 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I made this soup tonight…super easy and it was a big hit with the family!! Thanks!

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