Zupas Copycat Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Zupas Copycat Recipe Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup

Zupas Copycat – Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe!

I love Cafe Zupas soups! And the Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites! Well, maybe my second favorite after the Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup. 😉

I love a good copycat recipe too and this chicken tortilla soup copycat is pretty close to the original! This soup is easy to make and healthy too!

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Ingredients and Tips

The ingredient list may seem long, but it is actually pretty simple and versatile. You can use leftover chicken shredded, canned chicken, raw chicken, cooked chicken, whatever you have or whatever is easiest for you!

When I don’t have a rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken on hand, it is easiest for me to just cut up some raw chicken and throw it in. The small, bite-size pieces cook quickly in the simmering soup!

yucatan chicken tortilla soup Zupas copycat

For the rice, you can make it really easy for yourself and use leftover rice, Minute Rice, or those pouches of rice that you cook in the microwave for a minute or two.

Adding chile-lime or some sort of lime fiesta seasoning can take the flavor up a notch! If you have some, go ahead and add it, to taste. If you don’t, no worries!

This Zupas copycat chicken tortilla soup recipe isn’t very spicy as written and if you remove the Serrano pepper seeds, so feel free to adjust the level of spiciness to your liking.

Zupas Chicken Tortilla Soup Copycat

Cooking Style

I use my 6.5 quart enameled Dutch oven for this recipe. Make sure you use a large enough stockpot or Dutch oven!

This soup freezes well too. I love to make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for another day!

Zupas chicken tortilla soup recipe

Topping Ideas

Some of my favorite topping ideas for Yucatan chicken tortilla soup are tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, cilantro, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

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Yucatan chicken tortilla soup

Zupas Copycat Recipe Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup

Zupas Copycat Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Enjoy this easy, healthy, and delicious copycat recipe for Zupas Yucatan Chicken Tortilla Soup!
4.60 / 5 ( 10 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 7
Adjust Servings: 7


  • Large stock pot


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ to 1 small Serrano pepper diced (optional - take out seeds for less heat)
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes not drained
  • 4 ounce can diced green chilies not drained
  • cup lime juice
  • 14 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn optional
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 to 2 pounds shredded or cubed chicken cooked or raw (about 2 to 4 cups, depending on preference)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt and pepper or any other seasoning you’d like to add


  • In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, garlic and Serrano pepper. Saute until onion is slightly tender and translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, green chilies, and lime juice. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the black beans, corn, rice, chicken, cilantro and seasonings. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until chicken is done if it was raw.
  • Top with tortilla strips, guacamole, sour cream, grated Parmesan, shredded cheese, etc.

Recipe Notes

Adding chile limon or some sort of lime fiesta seasoning can take the flavor up a notch! If you have some, go ahead and add it, to taste. If you don't, no worries!


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Sodium: 1262mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g

Recipe Adapted From: Kimmy Kist

Ingredients: Beans, Bell Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chicken, Chicken Broth, Cilantro, Corn, Cumin, Garlic, Green Chilies, Lime, Lime Juice, Olive Oil, Onion, Oregano, Rice, Serrano Pepper, Thyme, Tomato
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Halloween, Super Bowl Party, Winter, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free
Categories: Copycat, Healthy, Meat and Poultry, Mexican, Soups and Chilis, Vegetables, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Stove Top

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