Dollar Store Recipes: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Hey y’all, it’s recipe time !  Whew!  I like to make recipes made nearly entirely of items that can be found at 99 Cents Only Stores.  This time I made Chicken Tortilla Soup from scratch, adapted from Averie Cooks.  So let’s go!

What you need:

1lb Chicken, shredded


10 Corn Tortillas


1 Cup Onion, diced


4 Tbsp Olive Oil


2 Tsp Minced Garlic


4 Cups Chicken Broth


2 Cans Diced Tomatoes


1 Can Black Beans


1 Can Corn


1 Lime, juiced


1 Tbsp Chili Powder


2 Tsp Cumin


Salt and Pepper, to taste


Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, avocado



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  1. Preheat oven to 375º.  Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Put the tortilla strips on the sheet and toss with 2 Tbsp of olive oil and salt.  Spread them out as evenly as possible.
  3. Bake the strips until they are golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  4. To start the soup, add the other 2 Tbsp of olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the onions and sauté until they are soft and then add the garlic for about a minute.
  6. Add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes, black beans, chicken, corn, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a boil for about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve in bowls with the tortilla strips on top.  Yum!
  8. Eat!  We ate ours with a little cheese and sour cream on top.

Let’s talk cash money:

The Chicken came from Walmart, the last in the pack from Walmart – $3.34

Tortillas – 33¢

Onion – 25¢

Minced Garlic – 4¢

Chicken Broth – $1.98

Diced Tomatoes – $1.98

Black Beans – 79¢

Corn – 79¢

Lime – 10¢

Okay, the olive oil, cumin and chili powder won’t count in the final tally; the amounts are so small and these are staples.  Anywho, the total for the entire pot of soup comes to $9.60. This recipe makes 10 servigs, so the amount comes to 96¢ per serving!  Whoohoo!


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