Ultimate Qdoba Tortilla Soup Recipe: Copycat Recipe


Qdoba Tortilla Soup Recipe

Making our copycat recipe for Qdoba’s tortilla soup recipe has never been easier! This easy recipe will walk you through the step-by-step process of making your own delicious Qdoba tortilla soup from scratch. Now you can enjoy Qdoba tortilla soup without the hassle of waiting in a long line. Check out our step-by-step recipe for details on how to make this tasty soup! 

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QDOBA’s Chicken Tortilla Soup 

Qdoba’s chicken tortilla soup is a fan favorite. Chicken tortilla soup is a tomato-based soup that is loaded with chicken and spices. This soup also features several other ingredients, along with a topping of your choosing. The soup is perfect for cold weather, or really any occasion as it tastes so delicious. 

QDOBA’s Loaded Tortilla Soup Returns to the Menu 

Qdoba has announced that they are returning the loaded tortilla soup to their menu in some locations for the cold weather season. However, we are excited to share with you or you can easily make a copycat recipe for the soup at home, for any occasion, anytime you want it. 

Copycat Qdoba Chicken Tortilla Soup

Making Qdoba chicken tortilla soup at home is surprisingly very easy. Our copycat recipe will walk you through the step-by-step process of how you can make this delicious soup from scratch anytime you wish. The soup is not complicated to make and tastes amazing. Another great thing about making Qdoba chicken tortilla soup from scratch is that you can make it as mild or spicy as you wish. 

Qdoba Tortilla Soup as the Easiest Comfort Food Recipe to Try

Making your own homemade Qdoba tortilla soup is really the easiest comfort food recipe you can make on your own. It’s surprisingly easy to make Qdoba tortilla soup from scratch. The soup can make a delicious dinner or side dish to any meal. It can also make a delicious appetizer. No matter how you choose to enjoy your homemade Qdoba tortilla soup, it is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. 

Making Qdoba Chicken Tortilla Soup at Home

The process of making a copycat Qdoba chicken tortilla soup at home can be done with a few steps. We will show you how to make the soup from scratch. Please see the list of ingredients that you will need below.  

Qdoba Ingredients

Canned diced tomatoes (fire-roasted if possible)
Olive oil, vegetable oil or butter to sauté 
Dried Pasilla ancho chile (use sweet peppers for less spice)
Garlic cloves
Chicken broth
Mexican oregano
Cooked chicken

Our Additional Ingredients

Cumin to taste
Chili powder instead of Mexican oregano
Crushed tomatoes
Red pepper flakes

Soup Toppings (Optional)

Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Lime wedges
Guacamole or sliced avocado
Tortilla chips or corn chips

Qdoba Tortilla Soup top down

How to Make Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

Now that you know what ingredients are included in Qdoba’s recipe, as well as our suggested additional ingredients to include, we can turn your attention to how to make this soup. Check out the following cooking instructions, for an easy overview of how to make this simple yet delicious soup.

Cooking Instructions:

Begin making the soup by sautéing your onions and any peppers you wish to include in a bit of olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter. Once your onions are translucent in color, you can add in your desired seasonings. 

Next, add your broth, along with tomatoes. Season to taste and allow to simmer until your soup is warmed through, or for about 20 minutes over medium-low heat. Once your soup is warmed through, you can ladle it into serving dishes. Add whatever toppings you wish to garnish the top, then serve and enjoy.

Qdoba Copycat Recipes for When You Don’t Want to Wait in Line

What better way to avoid the long lines at Qdoba, than by making your own chicken tortilla soup from scratch. This recipe, is a win, win, win for you! Not only is this recipe easy to make, and you can prepare on the fly, but it also allows you to avoid long lines and paying retail prices for this delicious soup. 

Qdoba’s Tortilla Soup Recipe!

We are going to present our copycat recipe, however, we also wanted to include what we believe is Qdoba’s tortilla soup recipe. We will show you later how we have adapted it, and we believe improved the recipe, however, here is what we believe is the original recipe. 

1 can Fire-roasted diced tomatoes, or 1 cup tomato sauce, or 4-6 Roma tomatoes
Olive oil or vegetable oil
1-2 dried Pasilla Negra or Pasilla Ancho Chile
4-5 garlic cloves
8 cups broth, stock or water
1 tsp Mexican oregano (optional)
Cooked Chicken
Garnishes for the top

Qdoba Tortilla Soup Recipe With A Twist

We have adapted the above recipe, to make it slightly less spicy, and make the soup go further. We have also slightly changed the seasonings, to fit more of our preferences. Please feel free to season your soup as you wish. Everyone has different taste buds, so be sure to season according to your taste preferences. Please see our copycat Qdoba chicken tortilla soup recipe below, with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare this easy and delicious soup.

Copycat Qdoba Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe


2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil (or 3 Tbsp butter)
2 medium onions, minced
4 small, sweet peppers, minced
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
1.25 oz chili seasoning mix
Cumin to taste
1 dash crushed red pepper seasoning
32 ounces chicken broth
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2-14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
3 cups cooked chicken, shredded (or use this Qdoba Chicken Recipe)


Shredded Colby Jack cheese
Lime slice
Avocado slices
Corn chips
Sour cream


Step 1

In the bottom of your soup pan, drizzle your olive oil, then add minced onions, peppers, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until onions become translucent in color. 

Step 2

Add in your seasonings, including, chili seasoning, cumin, red pepper seasoning, and any others you desire. Stir to combine. 

Step 3

Pour in chicken broth and stir so that no lumps remain from the seasonings. Turn heat to medium or medium-low.

Step 4

Add canned diced tomatoes, canned crushed tomatoes, and your chicken that has been cooked and shredded. Cook over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until your soup is warmed through. This will typically take about 20 minutes. 

Step 5

When you serve your soup, dish it into your serving bowls, then add your desired toppings before you serve and enjoy. 


If you want to make your soup a bit spicier you can substitute the sweet peppers for poblano peppers and, also add 3 tsp Jalapenos that are seeded and diced. 

Tips for Making the Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken. Making the best chicken tortilla soup, is quite simple and straightforward. However, if you are looking for basic chicken, that is moist to use in your soup, a great way to cook it ahead of time is to simply place it in a crockpot with your desired seasonings, in about ½ two ¾ cups of water. Cook the chicken for 6 to 8 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Then shred the chicken before adding it to your soup. 

Tomatoes. This soup is really a tomato-based soup. Therefore, your tomatoes are key as to how your soup will turn out. Because it is easiest, we recommend using canned tomatoes. You can also use fresh, or frozen tomatoes if you prefer. For the best texture, we recommend using diced tomatoes paired with a can of crushed tomatoes. However, you may also choose to use diced tomatoes that are fire-roasted or diced tomatoes that also contain basil, garlic, and oregano. Either one of these will give you a bit of added spice to your soup making it delicious. 

Peppers. The types of peppers you use will determine how much heat the soup contains. If you are looking for a more mild soup, we recommend using green peppers, or sweet peppers. However, those of you that prefer a bit more of a kick in your soup may enjoy using Poblano peppers, mixed with a few jalapeños. You may also enjoy using dried Pasilla Negra or Pasilla Ancho Chile in place of our recommended sweet peppers if you prefer a bit of spice to your soup. No matter what you choose to use for your peppers in the soup, it will be delicious. As you prepare the soup, no matter what kind of peppers you use, they will be added to the soup when you are sautéing the onions. 

What to Serve with Chicken Tortilla Soup

What shall you serve with chicken tortilla soup? There are so many options for side dishes with chicken tortilla soup. You may choose to feature your soup as a side, appetizer, or even a main dish. Most commonly, chicken tortilla soup is served as a main dish. If you are serving this as a main dish, you can simply pair your soup with a side salad, fruit, or your favorite type of bread, or warmed tortillas. 

However, if you are serving the soup as a side dish or an appetizer you will want to prepare an additional main course. This can be as simple as another Mexican type of food such as a burrito, taco, chimichanga, or enchilada. You can also prepare an easy copycat Qdoba burrito bowl simply by making rice, then adding warmed black beans with some chicken, rice, guacamole, then some pico de gallo topped with shredded cheese and sour cream if you wish. It’s hard to go wrong when choosing what to serve with your tortilla soup. This soup is just so good and that it can really go with anything.

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Can I Freeze This Soup?

Yes, our copycat Qdoba tortilla soup recipe freezes quite well. If you do freeze the soup, you will want to prepare it as instructed above, then allow it to fully cool. Once your soup has completely cooled off, you can transfer the soup to a freezer-safe storage container that is airtight, or a freezer storage bag. Be sure to label and date your bag before placing it in the freezer. The soup can be frozen for up to three months. When you are ready to use it, you can allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator then warm in a saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat. You can also try removing it directly from the freezer and placing it into a saucepan to warm up. If you choose to do this, be sure to cook over low heat so that it does not burn. 

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Making Tortilla Bowls

Qdoba serves their chicken tortilla soup in a tortilla bowl. You can easily make your own tortilla bowls by following a few simple steps. The items you will need to make your own homemade bowls include the following:

Large tortilla shells (as many as the number of bowls you need)
Canola oil
Oven-safe bowl for shaping

To make the bowls, begin by placing a frying pan on medium heat with a bit of canola oil in the bottom of the pan. Be sure there is enough oil to cover the bottom of your pan. When the oil begins to warm, you can add your tortilla shell, heat it over medium heat on both sides for about 10 to 20 seconds on each side. 

When your shell begins to bubble slightly you will want to remove it from the oil and place it into the bowl to form the shape. Place your bowls with tortilla shells into the oven at 400°F for about 8 to 10 minutes. 

The purpose of baking the shells is to dry them out so that they form into a bowl shape. Once you remove them from the oven and allow them to cool, then they can be filled with soup. 

We recommend leaving your tortilla bowls inside another bowl in case they do leak, your soup doesn’t go everywhere. Otherwise, ladle in your soup then add your desired toppings before serving. 

For more details on how to make tortilla bowls click HERE.

Tortilla Soup for Vegans

To make this copycat Qdoba tortilla soup that is vegan friendly, you will want to make a few minor changes. When making the soup you’ll want to use vegetable broth rather than chicken broth. You’ll also want to leave out the chicken and add your favorite chicken substitute. A great substitute to use is jackfruit, you can also try using tofu, seitan, tempeh, and Gardein meatless chicken. 

Bring Back Qdoba’s Tortilla Soup

Now, you can bring back Qdoba’s tortilla soup anytime you want! With our copycat recipe for Qdoba tortilla soup, you can enjoy making your own version of this delicious tortilla soup anytime you are craving it. Satisfy your endless cravings for this tasty soup recipe anytime you wish, only using a few easy ingredients. 

Creating This Southwest Tortilla Soup Recipe

Creating this south-of-the-border tortilla soup recipe is very easy in the step-by-step process and can make a quick and tasty meal anytime you wish. The soup can be prepared fast and can also be adapted to fit your desired heat likings. No matter how you prefer your soup, whether spicy or mild this soup recipe is for you. 

Qdoba Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe Copycat

Making this copycat Qdoba tortilla soup recipe has never been easier. There are only a few ingredients needed to make a warm bowl full of amazing comfort food. This recipe is great for a home chef of any experience level, and the step-by-step instructions will walk you through the process of easily making your own soup. 

Final Thoughts

I very much enjoy making this Qdoba tortilla soup recipe because it is easy and provides a filling meal. This soup recipe is great no matter the season or the occasion. I especially like this recipe because it is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. This soup is great for when I am not in the mood to cook much for dinner, but it still makes a delicious and filling meal.

Qdoba Loaded Tortilla Soup

Making copycat Qdoba tortilla soup from scratch is an easy process, and you can load the soup up with many delicious ingredients. Give this delicious recipe a try today and let us know what you think about it! We hope that you love this recipe as much as we do. 

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1 thought on “Ultimate Qdoba Tortilla Soup Recipe: Copycat Recipe”

  1. Looks good, but it’s missing the tortillas. My friend worked at Qdoba for a couple of years and told me the secret to their tortilla soup is letting some corn tortillas cook gently in the broth, and then adding it all to a blender, tortillas and all, and pureeing (don’t add the tortillas cold or else it’ll end up gritty). It will create just the right taste and texture. Sounds weird, but I gave it a go after trying other copycat recipes and it not being the right flavor or texture, so texted her and she told me the tortilla trick, and it was perfect!


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