Sunday, October 6, 2013

Qdoba's Tortilla Soup

I really need to cook dinner earlier to get better pics in natural light.
I love Qdoba's tortilla soup, although I haven't had it in quite a while.  I wanted to make some soup on this rainy fall day, and tortilla soup sounded awesome. Surprisingly, Qdoba has posted this recipe on their Facebook page, so I didn't even have to go around trying "copycat" recipes. Now, it's been so long since I've had the soup there, I can't say whether this tastes like it or not. I'll have to go there soon to see, but this soup was delicious nonetheless. Spicy, warm, vegetabley, and satisfying. A great tortilla soup.

Qdoba's Tortilla Soup
     --adapted from Qdoba's Facebook Page


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • ½ cup red onion, minced 
  • ½ cup poblano pepper, diced into ½” pieces 
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 
  • 2 corn tortillas 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced 
  • 2 teaspoon jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder 
  • 2 cups fire roasted tomatoes, diced 
  • ½ cup tomatoes, crushed 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup grated jack cheese 
  • crushed tortilla chips
In a 2 quart saucepot over medium heat add oil, onions, and poblanos and cook for 5 minutes.
Add garlic, jalapeno, cumin and chili powder and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
In blender, place broth and tortillas, and puree until just about smooth.
Add blended mixture to pot along with fire roasted tomatoes and crushed tomatoes, bring to a boil.
Add shredded chicken and reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes on medium-low heat.
Season to taste and serve with cheese and jack cheese for garnish (Qdoba's original recipe on Facebook has several suggestions for garnishes that I will need to try).
Makes 6 cups


  1. Since moving to a new state, I have discovered that there are no Qdoba restaurants nearby! I am so excited to have found this recipe!! I have been craving Qdoba Mexican gumbo (their tortilla soup with rice, black beans, etc.) and can't wait to make this! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Well, I really hope this tastes good to you then. Fingers crossed! :)


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