If you’ve got an insane hankering for some chicken tortilla soup, but don’t know how to make it, then you’re pretty much stuck having to go out and get it right?
Well not necessarily but more about that later.
First let’s talk about where you CAN go out and get the best chicken tortilla soup.
Places That Have the Best
There’s really nothing worse than wanting something so bad, like the way you might crave a soup, (especially one as good as tortilla soup) but not wanting to waste a trip going to a restaurant where they just don’t do it right. Don’t you hate that.
Where do you go when you want something that is so…well…so specific I guess you can say. I mean you really just can’t head out to the diner on the corner and expect to get some good chicken tortilla soup. They’re just not going to do it. I mean most diner’s can’t even mix up a good French Onion Soup for heaven’s sake. My wife once went to a diner and the French Onion Soup was basically chicken broth with some onions and soggy bread. Not even an attempt to make it look brown.
That was horrible, and you know that went right back. So you know that if a diner can’t even muster up something that simple, then they’re likely not going to pull off something like this soup recipe. Of course I’m sure there are some diners who knock it out of the park with the tortilla soup, but for the most part you’re going to have to go somewhere else other than a diner.
Types of Restaurants to Go for Tortilla Soup
Now you may not believe it but actually the best place to go for this sort of soup is to one of the chain restaurants. Here’s why. Usually the way these restaurants make something like a soup, or any food for that matter is tested, and improved, and tested some more until it gets rave reviews by customers of their restaurants.
So you can almost be sure that if you’re going to a restaurant like Houlihan’s, or Friday’s, or On the Border then you’re going to get some really good chicken tortilla soup.
Now the one’s above I’ve mention are all good. Actually I don’t know about Friday’s…in fact I don’t know if they even have it, but I do know that On the Border has some tremendous tortilla soup. Houlihan’s I recently had and it was OK. Not great, but I would get it again. The chunks of chicken in theirs was actually the best part.
My Very Favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup with a Different Name!
For the most part this soup is simply chicken broth, Mexican seasoning, onions, corn, and tomatoes (salsa)…with some sort of tortilla chips and shredded cheese on top. But though so simple, finding a restaurant who gets it right seems to be a challenge for me.
But one of the best that I’ve ever tasted was from Chili’s. Wow, the head chef’s there at Chili’s, wherever they are, got this one right. Oh in case you go there looking for it though, it’s actually called Chicken Enchilada Soup. Little play on Mexican terms I suppose, or maybe that’s why it’s so much better, maybe there’s some enchilada sauce mixed in there somewhere.
Either way, hands down they’ve got the best chicken tortilla soup that I’ve tasted and I’ve looked high and low.