Applebee’s Chicken Tortilla Soup (Copycat) Recipe

This soup recipe is a classic! Serve it as an appetizer, or enjoy it alongside a wrap or sandwich. It tastes exactly like the classic soup from Applebee’s!

Applebee’s Chicken Tortilla Soup (Copycat) Recipe

How To Make Applebee's Chicken Tortilla Soup (Copycat)

This Applebee’s Chicken Tortilla Soup is a Mexican-inspired dish. It’s got everything from chicken to veggies to tortillas. A complete and hearty meal.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins


  • 14½ oz tomatoes, (1 can), crushed or diced
  • 14½ oz black beans, (1 can), drained
  • 10 oz tomato sauce
  • 10 oz chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, diced
  • oz yellow onions, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup corn kernels, drained if using canned
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

For Crispy Tortilla Strips:

  • 5 oz flour tortillas, or corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • 3 cups vegetable oil, (up to 5 cups)
  • salt and ground black pepper, to season

For Serving:

  • 1 tsp cilantro, per serving, chopped
  • 1 pc lime, per serving


  1. Heat up your oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic. Saute until translucent.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients together. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  3. Continue simmering until the chicken is cooked through, roughly 15 minutes.
  4. While waiting, preheat your oil ready for frying. Prepare also a basket lined with paper towels.
  5. Deep fry tortillas in batches until crispy, no more than 5 minutes.
  6. Drain on your lined basket, season with salt while still warm, and toss to combine. Set aside.c
  7. Season your soup to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly.
  8. Ladle your soup into bowls, top with crispy tortilla strips. Garnish with cilantro and lime. Serve.


  • Sugar: 10g
  • :
  • Calcium: 128mg
  • Calories: 497kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 64g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Iron: 6mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Potassium: 1387mg
  • Protein: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 1699mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 1414IU
  • Vitamin C: 42mg
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