How to Make the Ruby Tuesday Tortilla Soup Recipe at Home

Established in the early 1970s by six fraternity brothers from the University of Tennessee, Ruby Tuesday is a casual dining establishment that offers its spin on American classics. Ruby Tuesday, which is headquartered in Maryville, Tennessee, is a reference to the Rolling Stones’ rock ballad from the mid-1960s.

The Ruby Tuesday menu, which serves more than 200 international locations, offers comfort food and classics that include steak, seafood, chicken, soups, and of course, the all-American favorite – the hamburger. Ruby Tuesday is also famous for its salad bar options and the restaurant’s full bar.

Like many restaurant chains that took it on the financial chin during the pandemic, Ruby Tuesday also faced tough economic times. Fortunately, Ruby Tuesday has since re-emerged, ready to keep its customers happy and well-fed. If you can’t get to a Ruby Tuesday, you can still enjoy their delicious tortilla soup at home by following this recipe.

The Steps to Make Ruby Tuesday Tortilla Soup Recipe at Home

Tortilla soup, which is traditionally paired with chicken, is standard Mexican cuisine. Ruby Tuesday’s Tortilla Soup recipe offers a flavorful broth but eats like a meal. This chicken tortilla soup can be crafted as simple or complex as your imagination allows.

  • Total Time to Prepare – 10 minutes.
  • Total Cooking Time – 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Total Preparation & Cook & Time – 55 to 60 minutes.
  • Servings Per Recipe – 4 – 6

Recipe Ingredients For Ruby Tuesday Tortilla Soup

This delectable and warm soup is made from these ingredients –

  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil.
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper that has been Seeded and Chopped.
  • ½ Cup of Chopped Red Onion.
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Cilantro.
  • Salt & Ground Black Pepper.
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste.
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Halves.
    Pro-tip – Use whatever you have; fresh or frozen is fine. Or Use shredded rotisserie chicken to cut down on cooking and prep time.
  • ½ Cup of Fresh, Canned, or Frozen Corn
    Pro-tip -If you are using frozen corn, keep the corn frozen until you are ready to use it.
  • Tortilla Chips For Serving (wedges or strips)

Optional Garnish Options for Ruby Tuesday Tortilla Soup Recipe

  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Jalapeño
  • Avocado
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Radish

Cooking Instructions For Ruby Tuesday Tortilla Soup Recipe

The easiest way to approach this recipe is to chop all the ingredients ahead of time.

  1. Heat the Olive Oil, using a medium heat setting, in a large saucepan or stock pot.
  2. Add the chopped bell pepper and red onion to the hot olive oil and cook until the pepper and onion are soft – about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic to the pepper/onion mixture and sauté for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the following spices and stir to coat the mixture –
    • Chili Powder.
    • Cumin.
    • Oregano.
    • Dried Cilantro.
    • ½ Teaspoon of Salt.
    • ¼ Teaspoon of Black Pepper.
  5. Cook these herbs until fragrant – about 30 seconds.
  6. Add the chicken broth and tomato paste to the pepper, onion, garlic, and spice mixture.
  7. Bring it to a simmer.
  8. Add the chicken and return the soup to a simmer again.
  9. Reduce the heat to a medium-low.
  10. Partially cover the soup and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.
    Pro-tip – The chicken must be thoroughly cooked. Therefore, frozen chicken will take longer to cook than fresh/defrosted chicken.
  11. Remove the now-cooked chicken and place it on a large cutting board (or, if you prefer, a large bowl) to shred with a fork.
  12. Return the shredded chicken to the original saucepan and add the corn.
  13. Simmer the chicken and corn soup for about 2 to 3 minutes – to heat through.
  14. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  15. Ladle the soup into bowls
  16. Top the delicious chicken base soup with tortilla chips or slices.
  17. Garnish with fresh cilantro, green onions, cheese, avocado, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, etc.

How to Make Fried Tortilla Chips at Home for Ruby Tuesday’s Tortilla Soup

Have some extra time to try something new? Try this simple recipe for making your own crunchy tortilla chips at home.

  • Stack several corn tortillas on top of one another.
    • Cut the stack in half.
    • Stack each side on top of one other.
    • Cut these stacked tortillas into 3-inch strips.

Depending on your taste or dietary restriction, you can either fry or bake these tortilla strips –

  • If You Want to Fry the Strips –
    • Preheat a cast iron (or any heavy-bottomed pan).
    • Add 2 inches of oil and heat over medium-high heat to a temperature of 350 degrees.
    • Working in small batches of strips, place the strips in the hot oil.
    • Use a wire skimmer or a slotted spoon to hold the strips beneath the oil. It typically takes about 3 minutes for the strips to turn a golden-brown color.
    • Remove and place the tortilla strips on a plate lined with a paper towel. This allows the excess oil to drain.
    • While hot, sprinkle salt on the tortilla strips.
  • If You Want to Bake the Strips –
    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
    • Coat the tortilla strips with spray oil and sprinkle them with salt.
    • Place them evenly on a baking sheet.
    • Cook the tortilla strips for about 5 minutes – until they are crispy and golden brown.


Does Ruby Tuesday Tortilla Soup freeze well?

To freeze this delicious chicken tortilla soup from Ruby Tuesday, it is best to use a one or two-cup freezing tray. It is recommended that you use the frozen soup within a four-month window. To keep this soup frozen longer, it is important to transfer it to a vacuum-sealed freezer bag.

To reheat Ruby Tuesday’s chicken tortilla soup, you can either microwave it or slowly defrost it in a pot over low heat. When it has thawed, raise the heat to medium and bring it to a simmer before serving.

What is the nutritional content of this tortilla soup from Ruby Tuesday?

Each serving of this delicious soup from Ruby Tuesday has 194 calories. Its whopping 15 grams of protein provides 30% of the daily recommended allowance. In addition, a serving has 17 grams of carbohydrates and eight grams of fat.

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