Mike’s cheesy chicken tortilla soup feeds entire family for less than $25

Mike Osterhage shares a family favorite for National Soup Month

Mike's cheesy chicken tortilla soup. (Diana Winters, Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – It’s chilly outside, so naturally, we’re gravitating toward soup. Lucky for us, it’s National Soup Month!

Mike Osterhage has been making his cheesy chicken tortilla soup for years. It’s a recipe passed down to him by his mother-in-law, and you can probably whip up a batch with items you already have in your pantry.

Watch the video below to see Mike make this family fave for Fiona.

Cheesy chicken tortilla soup


  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 15 ounces canned tomato purée
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and chilis
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can sweet white corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cooked chicken, skin and bones removed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • Tortilla chips


Sauté onion and garlic with oil in a large pot on medium heat.

Add the next 10 ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the corn and black beans, and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.

Whisk flour and water mixture into soupy texture and add to the pot.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium low; simmer for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.

Add chicken to the pot and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add heavy whipping cream, sour cream and Velveeta cheese to the soup and stir until the cheese melts.

Pour into bowls and top with tortilla chips.

About the Authors

Diana Winters is a San Antonio-area native, Emmy award-winning and GLAAD-nominated journalist and baker who loves the Alamo City. She is the executive producer of SA Live, creator of South Texas PRIDE and co-creator of Texas Eats.

Meteorologist Mike Osterhage handles the weather forecasting duties for "Good Morning San Antonio" and "KSAT-12 News at Noon. "

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