{copycat} Max & Erma’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

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{copycat} Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup | Who Needs A Cape?

A dear friend of mine introduced me to this soup. We don’t have Max and Erma’s restaurants here in Texas but we went on a small road trip to St. Louis and ate at one there. She made me try their tortilla soup and I fell in love! When I got home I searched online for copycat recipes but all of the ones I came across had cans upon cans of cream of something soups. Now don’t me wrong, those cans have their place but I don’t like to use 8 of them for one recipe! Then I found this recipe and I knew I had to try it! It’s been a few years since I had the original soup so it may not be an exact match but it is so so delicious anyway!

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{copycat} Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup

{copycat} Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe adapted from [Brown Eyed Baker|http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/02/16/chicken-tortilla-soup-recipe/]


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles (Rotel)
  • 2-3 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite size pieces
  • 8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 corn tortillas, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Tortilla strips and diced avocado, optional, for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat Add the minced onion and garlic and cook until the onion begins to turn translucent
  2. Whisk the cornstarch into the chicken broth. Add the broth mixture, chicken, cheese, corn tortillas, lime juice, tomatoes, and all the spices.
  3. Increase the heat to medium and stir constantly to help the cheese melt. When the soup comes to a bubble, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 mintes. Serve topped with tortilla strips, diced avocado, and extra shredded cheese.

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  1. HungryLittleGirl
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  3. Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of our favorites and your recipe looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thanks, we love Max and Erma’s soup and they just closed ours. We tried the other recipes that you mentioned and they were not what we were looking for, so this will be very welcomed–pinning!

  5. THIS LOOKS SO SO GOOD! We love soups and will be making this soon. Pinning 🙂

  6. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

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  9. This such a great winter soup please bring it by my foodie friday party.. it will be enjoyed.

  10. We live around the corner from a Max and Erma’s and I love that soup too. We tried to recreate it once at home and it was nothing but cream ofs. I am excited to try your version. Also, you may have inspired me to go to Max and Erma’s for lunch today. I will enjoy a bowl of soup for you!

  11. G’day! YUM! Great recipe to share at the Foodie Friends Friday Copycat Recipe Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  12. I tried your version of Max n Erma’s tortilla soup and my family just loved it. Even though there is a M n E nearby, so my husband and I can control the ingredients of our favorite dishes at M n E – he is dizbetic and I have to be careful and control or eliminate salt. Agsin thank you for your recipe.
    A Question: can you freeze this soup fir later? Can you make the soup a head if time, leave the chicken and tortillas out and freeze the rest of the soup fir later use?

  13. I’ve never been to a Max and Ermas (live in Calif.) but I made this soup and it’s delicious. Added some sweet hot jalepenos and some cilantro and used three leftover chicken breasts from KFC (took off the skin and coating). Will be making again.

  14. Simmer all ingredients except the cheese. Add the cheese at the end


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