Posted by: literallydelicious | February 20, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Chowder

I like soups and stews. Beef stew, chicken stew, hamburger stew. Pasta fagiole, beef and cabbage soup, pasta and sausage soup, she-crab soup, chowder, lobster bisque . . . just about any kind besides tomato soup. When we lived in North Carolina, we used to go to a little seafood place called Cap’n Jim’s — a cinder-block building right on the water, with a boat ramp next door where the fishermen would pull in to deliver their fresh catch. They served the most incredible oyster stew, always asking if you want it with or without milk. I took my sister, Jacki, and her husband and son there when they came to visit, and she ordered catfish. Can you believe it? The seafood’s so fresh that it thinks it’s still swimming in the ocean, and she’s getting catfish.

Now, we left NC nearly fifteen years ago — a long time to go without oyster stew. But I made some the other day that, given the fact I had to use canned oysters, wasn’t bad at all. And so easy — milk, oysters, enough butter to make little yellow pools on the surface. Yumm. Next time I’ll visit Bodeans Seafood in Tulsa and get fresh oysters; that’ll make it just about Cap’n Jim’s perfect.

Chicken Tortilla Chowder isn’t oyster stew, but it’s amazingly good, too. On a cold day, with some crackers or a slab of freshly-baked bread, it’d curl your toes.

Chicken Tortilla Chowder

1 can condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted

1 can condenses cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 cup milk

1 cup chicken broth

1 small can corn or Mexicorn, drained

chunks of cooked chicken breast (as much or as little as you want)

1 small can drained chopped green chilies

1-2 8″ flour tortillas, cut into strips

shredded sharp cheddar cheese to taste


1. In a large saucepan, heat the soups, milk and broth, stirring frequently.

2. Add corn, chicken and chilis; bring to a boil. Stir in tortilla strips.

3. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for five minutes.

4. Stir in cheese until melted.



  1. The first year my sister and I were both married, I worked hard and fixed Chinese food and invited her and her husband out for dinner. Sweat and sour pork, rice and a salad.
    All they ate was the salad. (Ew! I don’t like that stuff.)
    DH and I enjoyed every mouthful. LOL.

  2. LOL. I have fixed several dishes that my family couldn’t bring themselves to do more than taste. The two I remember most are crab-salad sandwiches and spinach-artichoke dip. I have to admit, I wasn’t crazy about the sandwiches myself. Broke one of my own rules: made a brand-new dish for the first time for others. Granted, they wouldn’t have eaten it anyway — my bil Danny’s the only one who will eat crab.

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