Tortilla Chicken Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I envision a dish such as this when considering the concept of inexpensive cuisine. It’s a blissful state: fresh ingredients, big and happy families, love oozing from their grinning faces. Only a dish of this stature can encapsulate so perfectly the beauty in resourcefulness, simplicity, and ease of creation. Enjoy it and give thanks for the zen-like minimalism and satisfaction achieved. In less sappy terms: this dish is delicious, simple, and budget-friendly. I mean, look at the directions list down there (or lack, thereof). Adapted from this recipe.

Tortilla Chicken Soup

1 yellow onion, diced – $0.29
3 cloves garlic, minced – $0.10
2 cubes chicken bouillon – $0.22
1 1/4 cups water – ~free
1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked – $0.33
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers – $0.69
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained – $0.88
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro – $0.25
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces – $2.49
4 cups tortilla chips – $0.501 tablespoon vegetable oil – $0.15
2 teaspoons chili powder – $0.10
1 teaspoon dried oregano – $0.05
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes – $1.70


  • In a stockpot, saute onion and garlic on medium heat until diced onion is translucent. Add chili powder and oregano and continue cooking until fragrant.
  • Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Top with tortilla chips and fresh cilantro.

Makes approximately eight servings.
Total Cost: $7.75
Cost Per Serving: $0.97

Nutritional Information:

Tortilla Chicken Soup Nutrition

One Skillet Breakfast

One skillet breakfast. Directions: Chop veggies and sauté with olive oil on medium heat until al dente. Push veggies to side of skillet, then place a piece of bread and two eggs beside them. Allow the bread to toast and the eggs to cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip the eggs and bread, and add cheese to your toast if desired. Cover the skillet and allow the eggs and toast to continue cooking until the cheese is fully melted. Serve and enjoy! Total cost: $1.06. Total calories: 416 #cheap #healthy #recipe #cooking #breakfast #budgetrecipes #budget #diet #dollarmeal