Simple Sopa Azteca


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Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 272 per serving
Percent from Fat: 34%
Cusine: Mexican
Course: Soups - Side, Soups - Meal
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Cabbage

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Phytonutrients in cabbage "disarm" free radicals before they can damage your cells -- even your DNA.

Culinary Taste Tip

The chicken broth coupled with the water from the can of fire roasted tomatoes works as a delicious base for this soup.

Culinary Technique Tip

This recipe is a great way to use leftover chicken, especially rotisserie chicken.


2 teaspoons extra light extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped white onion
3 cups low sodium chicken broth, preferably organic
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup guajillo or jalapeno salsa, such as Frontera brand
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast
1 cup shredded cabbage or packaged coleslaw mix
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
1/4 cup shredded Chihuahua cheese
1 cup broken low fat unsalted tortilla chips
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes and salsa; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring once.

Arrange chicken, cabbage and avocado in bottom of four shallow soup bowls. Ladle broth over chicken mixture; top with cheese, chips and, if desired, cilantro.


Leftover cooked chicken breast may replace the rotisserie chicken breast and Monterey jack cheese may replace Chihuahua.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 10; Fat calories (kc): 91; Cholesterol (mg): 59; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 2.9; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 1.4; Monounsaturated fat (g): 2.9; Fiber (g): 3.6; Carbohydrates (g): 20; Sugar (g): 8.0; Protein (g): 25; Sodium (mg): 656; Calcium (mg) 98.

Comments on Simple Sopa Azteca

From: sallie

I saw this recipe this morning on tv and had to try it. What a wonderful dish! Very tasty, good for you and super easy to make! I will recommend this dish to everyone I know!

From: pkme

This sounds really delicious. I have a Tortilla Soup recipe that I love, but this one is quite different, and it sounds very simple & really tasty. I will give it a try soon. One question: What about cooking the cabbage a bit with the broth? Is it more nutritious raw?

From: pkme

Nevermind my question in my previous post. I made this last night, and it was fantastic! The raw cabbage added just the right amount of crunch. My whole family loved it, including my very particular husband and my son who professes to disliking all soups! I will definitely make this again & again.
Thank you very much--Keep these simple, healthy, & family-friendly recipes coming!

From: mdt123

This is great! We have really enjoyed and have passed recipe on!

From: marybridge

This is a quick and easy soup to make! You can make the base of the soup and then add your chicken & vegt. later. I included some leftover brown rice to the mix and it was fantastic. Easy, flavorful and delicious!
I am replacing so many of my old family favorites for these delicious new ones......thanks Doc!

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