How to Make the Whole Foods Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe at Home

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Whole Foods is well known for its organic and natural ingredients and its wide range of unique items. One of the best things at Whole Foods is its premade food section. You can find a broad selection of premade soups, salads, sandwiches and other all-natural meals.

The chicken tortilla soup is an incredibly popular option. It’s a taste of the southwest with a hearty, warm base. It makes for a perfect lunch or light dinner, especially in cold weather. And with all natural ingredients and chicken as the main protein, it’s a healthy meal option packed with protein and low on carbs and fat.

Of course, it’s not always convenient to get to a Whole Foods to stock up on soup. Sometimes, you may just want to make it yourself. The good news is that the Whole Foods Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is simple to make with ingredients that you can find at nearly any store.

It’s a great option to warm your bones on a cold day. Or you can make it if you just want some Mexican flavor with a light meal. Below is the recipe so you can make the soup whenever you wish.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Start by purchasing the ingredients below at your local grocery store. The actual Whole Foods version is made with all-natural organic ingredients. If you want to stay true to that idea, you may want to go to Whole Foods to purchase ingredients. However, you should be able to find everything below at any grocery store in your area.


  • 2-3 chicken breasts (bonesless, skinless)
  • 4 tbsp avocado oil divided
  • 4 tsp cumin divided
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika divided
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper divided
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 tsp garlic chopped
  • 1 tomato, medium diced
  • 1 box chicken broth (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup masa harina


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375. This will take time so you’ll want to do this before anything else.
  2. Use a bowl to mix the 2 tbsp avocado oil, cumin, sweet paprika, cayenne, and salt.
  3. Pat the chicken with the spice mixture and cover completely.
  4. Put the chicken on a baking sheet in the oven and cook for 25 minutes, or until done. When finished, cover the sheet and set it out to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, put the remaining 2 tbsp of avocado oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. As the oil heats, add the onions, carrots, celery, and green bell pepper. Stir frequently over approximately five minutes.
  6. Once the vegetables in the oil mix have started to wilt, add the garlic. Continue to stir frequently and cook over medium-high heat for another two minutes.
  7. Check to see if the chicken is cool. If so, use your hands or a fork to shred it into small pieces.
  8. Add the shredded chicken to the pot, continuing to stir. Then add the tomatoes and any remaining spices. Cook for an additional two minutes before adding the chicken stock. Cover the pot and raise the heat to bring the pot to a boil.
  9. Once the pot reaches a boil, lower the heat and bring it to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  10. Mix 1 cup of water with eh masai harina in a small bowl and stir until the mixture is thin and free of lumps.
  11. Add the masa mixture to the soup pot and stir it in. Then let the pot simmer for an additional 30 minutes. At that point, it should be done. Take a taste and add more spices as you wish!

You can serve this dish with tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream, or any other side you wish. It’s a great companion to any Mexican meal or as a standalone meal.

Recreating Other Whole Foods Soups

Most of the soups at Whole Foods are listed on their website. You can easily pull up the ingredient list to see what’s in them. In most cases, the format for cooking the soup is the same.

Simply cook the protein, make the broth, and mix in the ingredients. Then let the soup simmer to stay warm. For example, you can find the ingredient list for the Chicken Tortilla Soup on their website, as well as many other soups.

Simply head to the Whole Foods website and choose the “Browse Products” option. Under that, you’ll see an option for “Prepared Foods.” Click that link.

Next you’ll see an option for “Prepared Soups and Salads.” Click on that and you’ll see every prepared soup and salad that Whole Foods offers. There are things like clam chowder, mom’s chicken soup, nana’s chicken noodle, tomato soup, and much more. There are also a wide range of salads.

On all of these, you can click the option for the item and see the ingredient list. In most cases, it’s relatively easy to recreate the meal. However, if you need more guidance, a quick search online will find plenty of articles with detailed instructions.

Of course, you also have the option to go to Whole Foods and buy the prepared foods or even to have them delivered. Whole Foods now uses Amazon delivery to deliver their groceries and their prepared foods.

One convenient option is to buy your favorite soup in bulk and then transfer it to freezer bags. You can freeze the soup for future use. When you’re ready to eat it, simply transfer it to a pot and let it warm up and simmer. In no time, you’ll have a bowl of your favorite Whole Foods soup available.

The Whole Foods Chicken Tortilla Soup is a favorite for many. It’s a warm, creamy soup loaded with chicken and veggies. Buy it today at Whole Foods or use this recipe to recreate it for you and your family for your next meal.

If this put you in the mood for soup, head to the Whole Foods prepared meal section to see what other soups they have available. Or you can check out more recipes online. Soup can make a great meal on a cold day. Even better, it’s a quick and simple meal to prepare. Get started on soup for your dinner tonight.

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