The Best Low-Carb Keto Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Low-carb tortilla soup

Are you looking for an easy tortilla soup recipe you can enjoy on the Keto diet?

This delicious low-carb tortilla keto soup recipe is hearty, spicy and perfect for any day of the week.

Pretty much it has everything you want in a bowl of tortilla soup. This is especially true if you love the heat of Jalapeno peppers.

If you are into spicy soups, this will definitely be your go-to low-carb soup recipe.

Without compromising delicious, rich flavor, this tortilla soup brings the heat like no other. You’ll be sweating in a healthy way while being blown away by the boldness of the spice blend.

While I love pre-made soups, instant soup seasonings and all, if you have time, I suggest you grind whole seeds. The aroma from those freshly ground spices will bring a whole new level of experience.

While I like to invest my time in making my own blend of spices, this recipe lets me cut corners in other areas. The original way of making this soup starts with browning the chicken thighs in a saucepan, I skip all that. Instead, I use rotisserie chicken and strip the carcass of meat.

It’s a quick way to replace any cooked chicken in the recipe, and it works perfectly for this soup.

I also like to note that since it’s a high-fat, low-carb recipe, it’s perfect for a keto diet and other low-carb diets. But don’t hesitate to serve to non-dieters too. It’s one recipe that sure pleases the whole crowd and has them asking for a second.

If you plan to store it for lunch the next day, I suggest doubling the recipe.

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Keto Low-Carb Tortilla Soup
This low-carb tortilla soup recipe is super easy to make and Keto friendly. If you're in the mood for a bowl of Mexican tortilla soup, give this recipe a try.
  1. Remove the chicken meat from the rotisserie chicken and put aside.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 3 minutes until they are golden brown and softened.
  3. Stir in the carrot, celery, jalapenos, tomatoes, and the stripped chicken meat. Add in all the spices and mix for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and bring the soup to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are soft and tender.
  6. Stir in the heavy cream and cream cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If the soup is too thick, add in 1/8 cup of chicken stock to make it thinner.
  7. Divide the soup into 4 bowls and garnish it with chopped cilantro. Serve warm and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Per Serving (1 serving):  452 calories, 35 g fat, 25g protein, 11g total carbs, 8g net carbs.

Tina Alexandre
Tina Alexandre


Hi, I'm Tina, a mom, and wife who loves to write about nutrition and dieting. When I'm not writing, I also enjoy baking healthy pastries with my 7-year-old daughter.

  1. Oh dang! I went to the store and bought the ingredients to make this, except the heavy cream because it is not listed with the ingredients. Recipes are more helpful, and the end result tastes better, when all the ingredients are listed!

  2. Your recipe listed cream cheese and instructions to cook until cheese is melted—-so which is it heavy cream (liquid) or cream cheese(solid)??

  3. This was so good! We don’t like anything too spicey, so we left out the jalapeños and cut the chili powder to 1 tsp. It was perfect for us.

  4. This was delicious! I left out the carrots and tortilla chips to make it a little more keto friendly and I didn’t have cayenne but it didn’t seem to matter! I put a little shredded cheddar on top and my hus band and I really enjoyed it!

  5. the tortillas arent listed. do we fry them then ad? or bake, then add as a garnish?
    We add heavy cream and cream cheese right?

  6. What can I use as a replacement for the cream cheese? I liked the keto diet but my Dr made me quit because I can’t eat dairy- like most Americans.
    My stomach always hurt and do t get me started on the level of cramping and hormone issues from all of the excessive dairy.
    I want to try keto again but will have to find other sources of far besides dairy. I’ve heard this is a MAJOR issue for a lot of women on keto. The level of hormones that they pump into cows causes major digestive and other issues.
    Any recommendations and advice from keto experts would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Please update the ingredients list to include heavy cream. It’s confusing and I now have to go back out to the store to get cream.

  8. You refer to heavy cream in the instructions but it is not on the ingredients list, how much do you need for recipe??
    Thank you.

  9. Like Always, I adjusted ingredients by what I had available and needed used. I chopped 1/2 red and yellow pepper, used 1 can of fire roaster tomatoes, and left out jalapeño and cayenne. There was no amount listed for heavy cream that was listed only in the instructions, so I added a heavy splash, probably 1/2 cup. This soup turned out wonderfully, so good that I am making it for my daughters family tonight!
    Thank you for this inspiration. 🍜

    1. Hi Kelley,

      Fire-roasted tomatoes and red/yellow peppers sound so good!! A very creative way to add more flavors to this soup!

      Looks like I forgot to include the heavy cream measurement in the recipe. I’ll make the update, but generally, depending on how much fat you need/don’t need, you can adjust the heavy cream as they are just there to enhance the flavors and you can totally omit it and still have a delicious soup.

      More heavy cream obviously adds more creaminess and mass while less of it makes the soup a bit closer to chicken soup with Mexican flavors. In practice, I usually adjust the cream depending on my keto macro needs.

      I hope your daughter enjoys this soup too!

      Thank you,

  10. The directions (6) say to stir in the heavy cream and cream cheese, but heavy cream wasn’t listed under ingredients. How much do I need to put in?

  11. Please advise, do you use tortilla’s? Is not on the recipe. I’m really confused help. Will my macros change if I add tortillas? How many tortillas? Which ones! Help

  12. The ingredients list does not have heavy cream in it, but the instructions say to add the heavy cream. Can you clarify? Thanks.

  13. Hello,
    I see heavy cream in the instructions, but not in the ingredients list. How much should I put in?

  14. I loved this recipe (Keto Tortilla Soup) but when it came time to add the ‘heavy cream’ I could not find it in the list of ingredients so I just guessed as to how much to add. Any chance you could let me know just how much is needed? Thank you

  15. Keto Chickent Tortilla Soup – What heavy cream are we supposed to stir in? Cream is not included in the list of ingredients. How much, please?

  16. Hello Tina! This recipe looks delicious and just curious how much heavy whipping cream needs to be added to the soup. It doesn’t have it listed as an ingredient but it has it in the instructions when adding cream cheese. Thanks so much for your help 🙂

    Happy Eating!

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