How to Make the Full Moon Cafe Tortilla Soup Recipe At Home

Full Moon Cafe was a popular hang out in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2015, it suddenly closed under mysterious circumstances. Management said it was for remodeling. Workers said they weren’t getting paid.

Whatever the reason, the cafe never reopened and it left many of their tortilla soup fans feeling sad and empty. Full Moon was known for this soup. People flocked to the restaurant for a bowl of this spicy goodness.

Since the eatery’s unfortunate demise, many people have tried to replicate the recipe using the normal stuff one expects to find in this soup. A newspaper in Tulsa even printed “THE recipe”, touting it as the “authentic” Full Moon tortilla soup recipe.

But everyone who knew the soup personally said it missed the mark. Some said it wasn’t thick enough (easy fix, just add more flour). Most people, though, said something was missing, but they couldn’t put their finger on it.

Good news. Thanks to a deep dive into the comment section of a small YouTube cooking channel, that “secret” ingredient is listed in the recipe below. So enjoy what has been called by many “the best tortilla soup ever”. Spoiler alert: it’s sage. The missing ingredient was sage.

How To Make The Full Moon Tortilla Soup Recipe At Home


  • 64 ounces of chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese mix
  • 1 pint of half and half
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of ground sage
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped jalapeños
  • 10 ounces of Rotel tomatoes with chilis
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken thighs (preferably in a slow cooker or boiled)


  1. Marinate the chicken thighs in fajita seasoning overnight. Then cook in a slow cooker or boil.
  2. In a large stock pot, combine the chicken stock and white pepper and bring it to a boil.
  3. Make a roux (to thicken the soup). In a saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until the roux is thick and smooth.
  4. Stir the roux into the chicken stock.
  5. Add in the cheese and stir well until melted.
  6. Add the Rotel tomatoes, sage, jalapeños, and half and half. Mix well and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with tortilla strips.
  8. Garnish with a teaspoon each of sour cream and guacamole. Put extra tortilla strips on the table for those who like that extra crunch.

* For a thicker soup, simply add more flour

How Nutritious Is The Full Moon Tortilla Soup Recipe?

This tortilla soup is loaded with protein and calcium, which is great for bone and muscle support. The high concentration of vitamin A helps promote eye health. Overall, the combination of hearty ingredients gives a great energy boost.

Nutritional Information

  • calories: 239
  • carbohydrates: 12 grams
  • protein: 9 grams
  • fat: 17 grams
  • cholesterol: 50 grams
  • sodium: 412 milligrams
  • potassium: 289 milligrams
  • sugar: 3 grams
  • vitamin A: 495 units
  • vitamin C: 3 milligrams
  • calcium: 126 milligrams
  • iron: .9 milligrams

What Can I Eat With My Full Moon Tortilla Soup Recipe?

Just about anything goes great with this delicious soup. But if you need a little direction, here’s a few suggestions.

1. Taco

An iconic classic that goes great with this creamy soup.

2. Mexican Rice

The cilantro and cumin in this rice pair very well with the sage and jalapeño in the soup.

3. Guacamole and Chips

Simple and delicious.

4. Cornbread

The simple yet tasty carb is a great way to fill you up while keeping the tortilla soup the star of the show.

5. Mexican Salad

A light option to go with your soup. Grab some corn, avocado, and tomatoes, and you’re good to go.

6. Quesadillas

Whether it is cheese, chicken, veggie, or a combination, a quesadilla is never wrong.

What Is This Magical Sage?

Sage is a small, evergreen shrub, containing woody stems and bluish purple flowers. The fuzzy leaves are grey in color. The plant has a pungent aroma and a peppery, lemon taste with a hint of eucalyptus.

Though it originated in the Mediterranean, it has been used throughout the ages by just about every region in the world. Though it’s primary purpose is to flavor food, it’s been used in many different ways.


The scientific name for sage is “salvus”, Latin for healing. In Ancient Rome, sage was used to treat bleeding wounds and digestive disorders. In China, it has been used to treat flu, joint pain, kidney failure, and sore throats. We now know that sage is loaded with vitamins K, C, B, A, and E. It also contains high levels of iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. All of these ingredients aid in

  • blood clotting
  • fighting cancer
  • raising good cholesterol
  • killing plaque
  • destroying the Candida fungus
  • easing symptoms from menopause
  • controlling blood sugar
  • easing cold and flu symptoms
  • easing cold and flu symptoms


Sage was thought to improve memory and thinking ability. This is where the terms “sage advice” and “sage person” originated. We now use sage to refer to a wise person. Sage has also been used as part of the cleansing rituals of many cultures and religions.


This earthy herb is also savory and sweet. It packs a powerful punch, so it’s often used in heavier dishes, so it doesn’t over power the other flavors. You’ll often find it used in sauce, stew, soup, breads, butter, omelets, and meat recipes. For instance, in Italy, it’s used in tomato sauces. In France, chefs use it in their sausage stuffing. Meanwhile, in North America, they love packing their Thanksgiving stuffing with it. Some other creative ways you can use sage include:

  • butter
  • sage salt
  • preserve it in olive oil
  • tea
  • flavor water

Some Great Sage-Based Recipes

1. Pasta with Sage and Butternut Squash

Cozy and comforting. This dish is great for a crisp fall day.

2. Roasted Chicken with Sage

An easy, no-fuss way to spice up your weekly oven stuffer.

3. Cauliflower Soup with Garlic and Sage

Creamy and flavorful. It’s great for lunch or a first course at dinner.

4. Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup

This hearty soup screams fall with its festive flavor.

5. Brussel Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage

Earthy meets earthy for a delicious combination.

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