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Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup Recipe

Gluten-Free Tortilla Soup Dairy-Free

This New Year’s Day I decided to ring in 2011 with our favorite Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup Recipe. Why? Because it is so easy. And? Because it has been so darn cold here.  And? Because it is really healthy. And? Because it is so easy. Oh, did I mention that already? Well, that point bears repeating.

For me, New Year’s Day is not about getting busy achieving goals or hopping on the treadmill or spending hours cooking in the kitchen. Nope. That is what January 2nd is for.

For me, the first day of the New Year has always been about relaxing (and really, by relaxing I mean being lazy), setting intentions (that will not start until the next day), eating soup (that is easy to whip up), staying in pajamas (and not feeling guilty about it), letting laundry pile up (and not caring that my darks are mingling with my whites and unmentionables), watching all of the Bowl games (and rooting for certain scores, not teams, to win our football pools), and spending all day with family and friends (who will often show up in their pajamas, too, per my request).

Yes. January 1st is my favorite day of the year.  This one day holds so many promises and a total anticipation of what will lay before us in the next 364 days.  This is the day that we feel such hope for accomplishing all of the intentions and goals that we are setting in our minds, writing down on paper, or putting on our Vision Boards.  It is on this day that we feel that all of those possibilities and dreams are completely within our reach.

And, this year, as the days tick on to the weeks, then the months, following, let us not lose sight of these promises that we have made ourselves. Let us set one more goal: to help remind each other to stay on track and achieve what we had hoped for on the very first day of 2011. Do you think we can do it?

I do.

And since many, or, dare I hope, most, of us have all said that this will be the year that we will focus on real food and healthy eating, let’s start with this recipe for my nutrient packed Easy Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup.

Dairy-Free Chicken Tortilla Soup

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chicken Chipotle Tortilla Soup Recipe

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free


1: 28 oz can diced tomatoes (preferably Organic with no salt added)

1: jar chipotle salsa (my favorite to use here is the Trader Joe’s Garlic Chipotle Salsa)

1: 32 oz container gluten-free chicken broth (or 4 cups home-made Chicken Bone Broth, for a true nutrient punch), preferably Organic

1 lb: cooked cannellini beans (or 1 can, drained and rinsed)

3 – 4 cups: refried beans – I often make my own, using Hillbilly Housewife’s Homemade Refried Beans Recipe ( OR you can use 2 – 15 oz cans of refried beans), preferably Organic

1 tsp: ground cumin

1: 16 oz package frozen organic corn

2 – 3 Cups: chicken, cooked and shredded (a purchased rotisserie chicken works great when short on time)

2 cups: chopped kale OR chard OR spinach (or a mix of all three), preferably Organic

1/2 cup: Fresh Cilantro, chopped

Optional Garnishes:

2 Cups: tortilla chips, crushed (for garnish)

1/2 Cup: sour cream, (for garnish) – omit for Dairy-Free

2: limes, cut into wedges (for garnish)

1: avocado, peeled and sliced (for garnish)

1/2 Cup: Jalapeno Jack Cheese, shredded (for garnish) – omit for Dairy-Free


1.  In large saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine tomatoes, salsa, and chicken broth until just beginning to boil.

2.  Stir in cannellini beans, refried beans, cumin, and corn.

3.  Once again, bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4.  Add shredded chicken and chopped greens and heat through.

5.  Spoon into bowls and top each with a handful of crushed tortilla chips, a spoonful of sour cream (or omit for Dairy-Free), a lime wedge, avocado pieces,  shredded cheese (or omit if Dairy-Free), and chopped cilantro.


This post is linked to:

Hearth and Soul Hop

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

  1. On January 3, 2011 AndreAnna said

    Ooh, this looks wonderful. I’ve been so into soups this winter as my first in the Midwest as left me pretty much chilled to the bone!

    Hmm…goals, eh? Most of mine are fitness related since I feel like after living a lifetime of morbid obesity, I finally have the health portion down (though I do need to lose some more). I’d love to be able to do an unassisted pull-up by the end of 2011! And maybe deadlift 275# (my max is 205# right now).

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi AndreAnnna! I can only imagine what an adjustment it must be to have your first winter in the Midwest. Soup is a perfect remedy for that!
      I love your goals, especially that unassisted pull-up! As a gymnast for MANY years, I used to be able to whip those out. Now, there would be NO chance. I know. I’ve tried.
      One of my fitness goals is to be more consistent with my yoga on top of my other workouts.

  2. On January 3, 2011 Jeanine said

    Great post, Kim! Your Jan. 1st sounds fantastic! Mine was pretty lazy as well, and yes, eating better is definitely on the goal list for this year. Let’s see if I can still remember that by December. 😉

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Jeanine, lazy January 1st is a must in my book. LOL Maybe we can help eachother to still be on track with eating healthier come December! 😉

  3. On January 3, 2011 Maggie said

    Kim! This soup sounds amazing. I’ll definitely give it a try, with a vegetarian twist. I need to adopt you and Heidi so I can get trying your recipes! I guess that’s one of my goals this year 🙂 Another goal is to spend more time with my kids – on the floor, playing, reading, writing, whatever. Happy 2011 Kim. Can’t wait to meet you this year! xo

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, my Mom just made this with her Vegetarian twist (and even made her refried beans vegetarian). She said it was perfect!
      Your goal to spend more time with the kiddos is also one of my top goals. I find that I am often telling them “One more minute” or “Just let me finish this one more thing”. I need to stop doing that and just play with them when they ask me to. Pretty soon, they will be too old to ask anymore. ;( Cannot wait to meet you in April, missy!!

  4. On January 3, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    Sounds yummy, our New Years was lazy as well. I would like to eat more fruit and raw veggies this year. Although I have fruit available every day I don’t seem to eat it!

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Intolerant Chef! I so hear you on having fresh produce available, yet not being good about eating it. I am always giving it to my kids, but somehow not as much ever goes into my mouth. That is changing for me this year too! 😉 Thanks for sharing!!

  5. On January 4, 2011 peachkins said

    wow! it looks fantastic!

  6. On January 4, 2011 SnoWhite said

    What a great looking soup — I can almost smell it’s goodness from here!

  7. On January 4, 2011 Aileen said

    Mmm, I want…totally going on the meal list for next week!

    My biggest goals for the year are to pay down credit card debt and have the house cleaned up and more-or-less orderly by the time I’m 25 weeks pregnant (the time when baby *could* survive if born then). The chaos and clutter that abound in my home (though hidden in closets and my own room, lol) make me cringe when I think of bringing a new baby home to this!

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Aileen!! Congratulations to you on the soon-to-be-baby. I had to laugh at your plan to organize by the time you are 25 weeks. I was the same way, especially since my good friend had a baby at 24 weeks and it was on my mind that it I had better be prepared from early on. I know that your nesting instincts will kick in and you will be so organized by then!! 😉

  8. On January 4, 2011 Miz Helen said

    Your Tortilla Soup looks really good. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Miz Helen! Happy New Year to you! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope your holidays were wonderful! 😉

  9. On January 4, 2011 Jason@JLHealth said

    That looks like a whole LOT of comfort in a bowl right there! I can’t get my brain wrapped around winter this year for some reason and your recipe is bound to warm me up…

    My goal for 2011 is to buy some land and get a house built for my boys and I….No pressure!

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop this week.

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Jason! I cannot get my mind wrapped around winter either. I am all ready for Spring, though! 😉
      What a beautiful goal to have. I wish you all of the power to make that happen. Nothing could feel better than building a home for your family! 😉
      Happy New Year to you!

  10. On January 4, 2011 Gluten Free Diva said

    Hmmm, where to start?

    1. Listening more. Active, careful listening.
    2. Playing more. Relaxing, staying in your pj’s (inspired by you) kind of playing.
    3. Listening to more music instead of watching cooking shows (this will be a hard one!).
    4. Increasing my exercise to at least 2 days of spinning and 2 days of hot yoga.
    5. Planning my meals more to reflect truly healthy, compassionate, and thoughtful choices.

    And more. Still processing and thinking about it.

    Now, I’d like to talk about you! When you post a new recipe, I look forward to not only reading and trying it, but also to reading your writing. You are such a wonderful and articulate writer, and you express yourself in much the way you speak. I thoroughly enjoy your style. Keep up the good work!!


    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ellen, many of your goals sound so similar to mine. And, like you, I am also thinking of more to add so that I can truly make this year spectacular!!

      Your words about my writing are so wonderful! I cannot tell you how much that means to me. I always know what my intentions are when I write, but not always sure they come across in that same way! 😉 Thank you, my friend.


  11. On January 4, 2011 Cucee Sprouts said

    I make a lot of gluten-free soups. Your recipe sounds fantastic. Check out my blog for some more ideas. Here is the recipe of a soup that I think you would enjoy: it is from a Beautiful Bowl of Soup book that I own

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Cucee Sprouts! That Jalapeno Corn Chowder sounds absolutely amazing! I am really looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for sharing it with me here! 😉 Happy New Year!

  12. On January 4, 2011 Jeannie said

    Just had to try is recipe for the two of us. It was so good and so easy to make and there is plenty for another dinner. We each had 3 helpings and now i can’t move. What a treat. Thanks for the recipe.

    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yay, Mom! So glad you liked it! Tell Michael that I updated the recipe with the cilantro! 😉 See, now you do not have to cook dinner tomorrow night!
      Love you!

  13. On January 4, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    I love using great salsa to make a dish special. I use it in my chicken tortilla soup (no beans in that one, but I like the “chili” nature of this one). I also just made a shrimp stew which came out great by adding my friend’s homemade salsa, which was part of my Christmas gift from her.

    My goals are many … my word for the year is ACT. So I’ll just share that I plan to ACT more than just think about goals. 😉


    • On January 4, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, that Shrimp Stew sounds amazing. Is it more like a gumbo with the salsa added in? I love adding salsa to so many things. I make a yummy crock pot chicken with my mother-in-laws home-made salsa!! YUM!

      I love your word. I have no doubt that you will do just that this year…ACT!! In fact, i am sure you will exceed your own expectations.
      I have 4 words that I chose for this year. One for each corner of my vision board (and each for different areas of my life). They are:
      Focus, Abundance (not in terms of $$), Gratitude, and Action (last one is similar to yours). I cannot wait to see what happens this year.


  14. On January 5, 2011 James said

    Wow! What a tasty looking recipe. One of my new years resolutions was to try something new every day. Today I will try this yummy looking soup. Thank you for helping me with my resolutions.

  15. On January 5, 2011 Tia said


    This soup looks wonderful. I wish I had the ingredients at home so I could make it tonight. And, I know Max will love it because I, now, have to fight him for my Chipotle Tabasco. Seriously. He won’t eat his eggs without it, anymore. In fact, I think he has eggs just so he can have the tabasco.

    Still trying to catch up from my Christmas knock-out. But, I have oh so much planned for 2011. Vision board stuff is in a pile, ready to be made. (My first one.) And, lots of lists and ideas. I think I will snag Shirley’s word, ACT. Going to put that in big letters across the top of the board.

    Tia 😛

  16. On January 5, 2011 brooke @B & the boy! said

    I love this take on tortilla soup, which is one of my favorites. My goal is to simply find me again.

    • On January 7, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Brooke, I love that goal. I hope you are successful in finding “you” again. 😉 And thanks for the nice words about the soup!

  17. On January 6, 2011 Butterpoweredbike said

    I have to wholeheartedly agree that jammies and soup and luxurious relaxation are definitely the way to go on New Year’s day. I look out on the bike bath and just laugh at how crowded it is on that one day of the year. Thanks for sharing your great gf df recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    • On January 7, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      That is so funny, butterpoweredbike. We live on a nice quiet street, yet I could not believe how many people were out running and exercising on Jan 1. Come Jan 2nd, however, all was quiet again. LOL

  18. On January 7, 2011 Alisa Cooks said

    I’m just catching up on new year blog reading and on making my goals Kim! I think I need to take a day off the computer just to figure it all out! So what if we are a week in already, never too late, right? 🙂

    That soup looks awesome lady! Tortilla soup is one of Tony’s favorites. I definitely need to make some for him.

    • On January 7, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, I am so far behind on blog reading. ;( I am planning on catching up this weekend. I was trying to stay on top of all of my other goals. I guess I should stick “Blog reading” on my vision board too! LOL And no. It is never too late to set your goals.
      Tortilla soup is a favorite of Kurt’s AND his Dad too. Which is why I have to come up with new ways to make it so that I do not get bored. If it was not for my blogging and recipe writing, I would never make a recipe the same more than once. HeeHee!

  19. On January 7, 2011 Tia said

    Finished my vision board today! Up on the wall next to my desk.

    And, I bought the ingredients and am about to go up and make this soup. Yummy!

    • On January 7, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wow! I got behind and you already left your second comment here. You rock, girlie!! So excited that you got your vision board done! Is ACT in big letters?? I have 4 words on mine this year. I am not quite done with my board yet, though. Saving the rest for my little night with my neighbor gals.
      I hope you like the soup!! Still cannot believe that Little Man loves such spicy things. Did you eat a lot of spicy food while you were pregnant? I have to make this way less spicy than Kurt or i would like just to get the kids to eat it. 😉

      • On January 9, 2011 Tia said

        Yep. ACT! I also have I also have balance, love, abundance, and success. (Got that from you and The Big Leap.) I liked those words.

        I didn’t eat anything extra, but I have always loved spicy foods. My mom got me hooked on curry when I was little. And, Sam loves spicy, so maybe it’s genetic. 😉


        • On January 10, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

          All of those are awesome words!! I think it is perfect that we are sharing them. Now we can help each other keep on track. Maybe we should make some kind of folder for them in our group – hold each other accountable, you know.
          Hmm..and I think there is definitely a spicy gene. You either have it or you don’t. Although, maybe hormones have something to do with it. Before I was pregnant, I hated spicy. Now, I crave it (to a degee). ; )

  20. On January 7, 2011 Nancy @ TSP said

    This looks so good, Kim! And the photos are spectacular. I know the boys are going to love it.

  21. On January 9, 2011 Simply Gluten Free said

    I so agree tha Jan 1 is not the time for all that nonsense – plenty of time later 🙂 I want this soup RIGHT NOW!!!!! Right now my goal is to see if I can stay awake until bedtime! Hope all is well with you and yours and Happy New Year! xo

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  23. On December 13, 2012 Lori Hogan said

    Just came across this today and made it tonight for supper. WOWZA!!! This is delicious! Will become a staple this winter in my house for sure!

    • On December 13, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Great news! Thank you so much for coming and letting me know, Lori!! So glad you enjoyed the soup! 😀

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