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Soup-a-Palooza: Link Up & Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Today we celebrate SOUP!!

The act of combining various ingredients in a large pot to create a nutritious, filling,  simple to make/serve food is probably as old as the history of cooking!

Soup and stews have evolved according to local ingredients and tastes.  So today, we are celebrating those ingredients and traditions with our favorite recipes!!

Kristen of Dine and Dish and I along with our sponsors would like to invite YOU to share your favorite soup, stew or chili recipes!!

In the past I’ve shared several of my family’s favorite soups and chili recipes, many made with Bush’s Beans all pair perfectly with with Westminster Crackers or served along side a slice of Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread.  Today I’m sharing a recipe given to me by a friend (aren’t those usually the best?!)  I fried some flour tortillas and it was the perfect meal for the extremely cold and snowy winter we’ve been having in St. Louis!

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yield: 6

Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 6 (6-inch) flour tortillas, (preferably a dried out)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cans(14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) Rotel (Mexican Lime and Cilantro)
  • 1 can (16 oz) Bush’s BEST Refried Beans
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced Green Chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded (I used a rotisserie chicken from the store)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded (optional)
  • Cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. If you tortillas are fairly fresh and moist, you want them a little dried out. So, to dry them out a little, put them on a baking sheet and put them in a 200°F oven at for about 10 mins. (if your tortillas are older and more dried out, you can skip that step).
  2. Cut tortillas in half, then cut halves into 1/4-inch strips. In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry strips in oil, about a handful at a time, until they light brown and crisp. Remove with tongs from oil; drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with salt (optional). Set aside.
  3. In a medium stock pot, over medium-high heat, combine tomatoes, broth, beans and chilies, bring to a boil.
  4. Add corn, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes.
  5. Add chicken and heat through.
  6. To serve; ladle soup into bowls. Top with cheese, tortilla strips and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


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Head over to Dine and Dish and see what Kristen made!

What’s a PARTY with out prizes?

We have some GREAT sponsors who have been SO generous to provide some incredible goodies for the Party!!


Soupapalooza prizes
2 winners will win a Bush Beans Prize Pack

4 winners will win a Pillsbury Simply… Prize Pack

2 winners will win an Pink Mocha apron from The Hip Hostess

2 winners will win a Westminster Crackers Prize Pack

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How to Participate in Soup-a-Palooza

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1.  Write and post a recipe on your blog featuring a soup, stew, chili, or chowder. (can be an old post…just PLEASE be sure to link back AND follow #2 below)

2.  Include “Come join Soup-a-Palooza with TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush’s Beans, Hip Hostess, Pillsbury and Westminster Crackers” in your blog post. (you MUST include this to be eligible for prizes)

3. Add your link to your soup post to the widget on either TidyMom or Dine and Dish (we have the same widget code, so only add it on one site) and leave a comment letting us know you linked up. *you can link up to 2 posts

4.  Don’t have a blog? no problem…..leave your recipe in the comments on this post

Extra Entries:

  • spread the word about Soup-a-palooza through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter (leave a comment)

Sample Tweet: Join @DineandDish & @TidyMom for #Soupapalooza  Share your recipes (and WIN) here: or Pls RT

  • Let us know if you follow any of the sponsors on twitter or Facebook and give them a shout out telling them TidyMom and Dine and Dish sent you. (leave a comment letting us know)

TheHipHostess on Twitter, The Hip Hostess on FB
Pillsbury on Twitter, Pillsbury on FB
Bushs Beans on Twitter, Bushs Beans on FB
Westminster Crackers on Twitter, Westminster Crackers on FB

Ok, ready to link up?  We will keep the linky open through Sunday February 20th. Winners will be announced the following week .  All winners with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winners will be emailed and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize.   Giveaways  available to U.S. residents only. Thanks for participating!  Happy cooking!!



I wasn’t paid by the sponsors or financially sponsored,  but I did receive some coupons and products that are provided in the giveaways from some of the sponsors.

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. 1

    I linked up, and I’m so excited about new soup recipes. Thanks so much for hosting this party.

  2. 2

    I linked my fave chowder! It’s pretty popular in this house. I’ve been looking for a good chicken tortilla soup, will have to make yours soon!
    Maegan :)

  3. 3

    I am linked up with my favorite quick go to soup!!!

  4. 4

    Thank you so much for hosting such a great party! Can’t wait to see all of the great recipes.

  5. 5

    Tweeted @lovethedecor

  6. 6

    I linked up!! Thanks for hosting the PAR-TAY girls!! :)

  7. 7

    Thanks for hosting…:))

  8. 8

    I have linked up

  9. 9

    following TheHipHostess on twitter

  10. 10

    Following Westminster Crakers on Twitter & FB

  11. 11

    Like The Hip Hostess on FB

  12. 12

    Tweeted @thoughtfromcali

  13. 13
    Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Thanks for the fun party! I posted Rustic Cabbage Soup-so good:@)

  14. 14

    I linked up but also have shared on Sprinkles of Flavor on FB about soup-a-palooza!!! Can’t wait to see all the yummy soup recipes! Mmmmm…

  15. 15

    I linked up my Split Pea soup. :)

  16. 16

    I just linked up my Ham, Bean and Pasta Soup which is great to make in the crock pot. Thanks so much for hosting this fun contest!!!!

  17. 17

    I tweeted about this contest. @SunflowerOtt

  18. 18

    I follow the hip hostess on twitter!

  19. 19

    I follow Pillsbury on twitter.

  20. 20

    I’ve linked up with Chicken and Corn Chili!

  21. 21

    I linked up Texican Chili and Lasagna Soup! Thanks for the linkup! :)

  22. 22

    Wow, I love chicken tortilla soup. That looks amazing! I will have to give this a try!

  23. 23

    Love your site- I posted “Easy French Onion Soup”

  24. 24

    Yee-Haw! I love all these soup recipes! Thanks!

  25. 25

    Lovin’ all these soup recipes!

  26. 26

    I shared on fb!

  27. 27

    And I tweeted!

  28. 28

    I’ve linked up on my two posts, Vickie’s Tortilla Soup, and Bean Bacon and Ham Soup

  29. 29
  30. 30

    I now follow all of the sponsors on Twitter, and have liked all their pages on FB.

  31. 31

    Just added my Tuscan Chickpea Soup! Love how many entries you all are getting!

  32. 32

    I linked up Ham & Bean Soup and Easy Chili! Thanks for hosting! :)

  33. 33

    I tweeted ! :) @momendeavors

  34. 34

    I linked up my two of my soup recipes with Soupapalooza. Thanks for hosting this! Soup is such a great meal, and there are tons of yummy recipes already listed! I can’t wait to get cooking!

  35. 35
    Denise in AZ says:

    I don’t have a blog, so here is my soup recipe. It is one that my grandmother and mother made, so it’s a family tradition.

    Salmon Chowder

    1 pound can salmon — 2 cups
    2 cups water
    1 cup tomato juice
    1/2 cup diced onion
    1 cup raw potatoes, cubed
    1 teaspoon celery salt
    4 tablespoons buter
    4 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    3 cups milk
    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

    Discard skin and bones from salmon (if necessary).

    Combine salmon, water, tomato juice, onion, potatoes and celery salt in a large kettle.

    Cover and simmer slowly for 40 minutes.

    In another saucepan, melt butter, add flour, salt and mustard; mix until smooth. Gradually add milk. Cook while stirring until thick and smooth; add worcestershire sauce.

    Add sauce to salmon mixture; stir well and serve piping hot.

    Makes 10-12 servings.

  36. 36

    I linked up two of my chilis. :) Great party, Cheryl and Kristen!

  37. 37

    Thanks, Cheryl, for hosting the event and for this recipe! It’s really different and sounds so good… love refried beans and we’re big southwestern fans. I’d like to invite you to participate in Foodie Friday.

    Thanks again. I am obviously going to get nothing done today because I keep wanting to refresh the page to see what new soup recipes have been added! lol

  38. 38

    I just love the big pieces of tortilla in this soup! I’ve had spicy chicken soups before but nothing like this – can’t wait to try it!!

  39. 39

    Soup…it does a body good! Great minds think alike I guess since we both have Chicken Torilla Soup…lol Thanks for hosting, fondly, Roberta

  40. 40

    posted my post and your giveaway post link on my facebook wall:!/profile.php?id=1222723325

  41. 41

    Tweeted about giveaway on Twitter and posted this RT link as well as my post ;)

  42. 42
    Sheri Crowder says:

    I linked up our tried & true, award winning chili recipe;-)

  43. 43

    I am posting my family’s favorite Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. Thank you so much for hosting this soup extravaganza – I cannot wait to try the delicious entries!

  44. 44

    I posted one of our family’s favorites–North African Peanut soup, but I can’t wait to try some of the other tasty sounding dishes. Yum! Soup makes the cold, winter weather a little more bearable :)

  45. 45

    I accidentally linked to the wrong page of my blog. I don’t know how to delete it from here. It’s # 131.

  46. 46

    Following Westminster Crackers now on Twitter thanks to Tidy Mom ;)

  47. 47

    I fixed my link (#131) and I linked back to you.

  48. 48

    I “like” Bush’s beans on FB.

  49. 49

    Got a little crazy this morning, Cheryl, and I didn’t have a chance to thank you for hosting! :) Just got home after a long day of running errands with little ones, and looking forward to visiting around! :)

  50. 50

    I’ve linked up my baked potato soup. I LOVE SOUP


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