What To Serve With Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Here are 30+ of the best side dishes to serve with your Chicken Tortilla Soup! Chicken Tortilla Soup, with its vibrant flavors and zesty kick, stands as a beloved comfort food choice for many. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a cozy meal, discovering the ideal sides and garnishes to complement this Tex-Mex classic can take your meal to the next level. From crispy toppings to savory sides, let’s explore the best pairings to make your soup night a delicious success!

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Indulge in the rich flavors of this Mexican-inspired Chicken Tortilla Soup, a comforting blend of shredded chicken breasts, diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, and an array of spices. Personalize each bowl with your preferred toppings, pairing it perfectly with crunchy tortilla strips or chips. Looking for an effortless cooking experience? Give my Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe a try, and let your slow cooker do the work while you savor every spoonful! Keep scrolling to see my favorite toppings and sides to have with my Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Best Toppings for This Soup

  1. cheddar cheese
  2. fresh cilantro
  3. sour cream
  4. cojita cheese
  5. crispy tortilla strips/tortilla chips
  6. avocado slices
  7. lime wedges
  8. sliced black olives
  9. diced red onions
  10. hot sauce
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What To Serve With Chicken Tortilla Soup (30+ Tasty Side Dishes!)

Cornbread: Baked to golden brown perfection, this Cornbread Recipe makes a fluffy, buttery, moist and cornbread and is the perfect addition to your family dinner table.

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Mexican cornbread: Packed with savory corn kernels, fiery jalapeños, and gooey cheese, delivers a zesty twist to the classic cornbread, offering a flavorful and slightly spicy delight. This is the perfect side dish to serve with your soup!

Corn Casserole: Cornbread’s buttery, creamier cousin…corn casserole is another fantastic side dish for chicken tortilla soup.

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Refried Beans: Refried beans, a creamy and hearty blend of mashed beans cooked with onions, garlic, and spices, serve as a deliciously comforting and versatile side dish in Mexican cooking.

Cilantro Lime Rice: This Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is an easy side dish that can go with chicken tortilla soup as a base or side. Light and refreshing yet super versatile for your dinner needs.

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Mexican Rice: Mexican rice, infused with tomatoes, onions, and aromatic spices like cumin and paprika, is a flavorful and vibrant staple in Mexican cuisine, offering a perfect balance of savory goodness.

Famous Butter Rice: My Famous Butter Rice is seriously the best! Add a few simple ingredients to make the most buttery, delicious white rice you’ve ever had!

Mexican salad: A Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad salad that boasts a tasty apple cider vinaigrette and is filled with fresh corn, ripe avocados, sweet basil, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini. This colorful salad is the perfect summer side dish to Chicken Tortilla Soup.


Cucumber Tomato Salad: A classic and delicious salad, this Cucumber Tomato Salad is light, refreshing and so so easy to make!

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Cabbage Slaw: A zesty cabbage slaw with a tangy dressing can provide a refreshing contrast to the soup’s richness. Mexican slaw, a zesty mix of shredded cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and lime dressing, adds a tangy and crunchy kick that perfectly balances the bold flavors of chicken tortilla soup.

Cucumber Salad: Cucumber Salad is a fresh salad that will make a cool refreshing side to accompany your flavorful soup!

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Vegetarian Quesadilla: This Vegetarian Quesadilla recipe is made with pesto, zucchini, and baby eggplant. Serve alongside your chicken tortilla soup for veggie side.

Vegetarian Quesadilla

Chicken Quesadillas: If you want something hearty to go with your soup you should try these delicious Chicken Quesadillas!

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Sopes or Tamales: Sopes, thick tortilla-like bases topped with beans, cheese, and meat, or tamales filled with various savory fillings, make for authentic and satisfying sides.

Pico De Gallo: This Pico de Gallo recipe is the freshest, easiest and fastest salsa you can make. Also known as Salsa Fresca, this recipe can add so much flavor to your chicken tortilla soup or hold its own with tortilla chips.

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Fish Tacos: Healthy and super delicious Fish Tacos that require zero frying! With a squeeze of lime juice these would make a delicious dish to serve with your soup.

Jicama Salad: A refreshing blend of crisp jicama, vibrant bell peppers, tangy lime, and a hint of chili powder, creates a crunchy, citrusy dish that perfectly balances textures and flavors.

Skirt Steak Tacos: Skirt Steak Tacos are an easy and super delicious Mexican inspired meal that is perfect for summer.

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Corn Tortillas or Flour Tortillas: Serve on the side, warm and slightly toasted, as a crunchy complement to the soup, or you can cut them into strips, fry them until crispy, and use them as a topping for added texture and flavor.

Guacamole: Everyone loves Guacamole, especially this classic, fail-proof Guacamole Recipe! Perfect for any party and always a winner. Make this basic guac recipe with avocados and lime juice and add in any extras you like!

Guacamole with chips

Salsa: Fresh Tomato Salsa is so easy to make and full of fresh flavors. This restaurant-style salsa requires only only a few basic ingredients and 10 minutes.


Fresh Mango Salsa: This fresh Mango Salsa recipe is a perfect blend of sweet and spicy!  A delicious and simple salsa packed with a lot of flavor, a perfect addition to any taco, burrito or enchilada.

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Enchiladas: Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are creamy, cheesy and to die for! So easy and so delicious. If you want to use pork or beef we have a Pork Enchiladas recipe and a Beef Enchiladas recipe for you to try!

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Jicama Sticks: Serve crunchy jicama sticks sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder for a refreshing and crunchy side.

Mexican Street Corn: This Mexican Street Corn recipe is a delicious, easy to make a side dish that is perfect to make in the warmer months of the year. It’s the perfect creamy, crunchy, and cheesy addition to just about any meal.

Mexican Street Corn

Fried Plantains: Sweet fried plantains provide a delightful contrast to the savory soup and add a touch of sweetness to the meal.

Grilled Corn Salad: This fresh Grilled Corn Salad recipe is elevated by charring the corn! Toss with bell peppers, radishes, and a killer dressing.

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Taquitos: Cheese taquitos, or my Turkey Taquitos are crispy rolled tortillas filled with gooey melted cheese and any meat and veggies your heart desires. They would be a welcome side dish for chicken tortilla soup!

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Scones: Enjoy this flaky and Savory Scone Recipe made with green onions, swiss and parmesan cheese. The perfect accompaniment to chicken tortilla soup.

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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad: Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up those fresh summer ears of corn! Fresh vegetables and pasta are tossed in a Mexican chili lime sauce and served chilled.

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Potato Pancakes: Potato Pancakes are a super simple recipe that requires 5 ingredients plus some oil for frying. Potato Pancakes can be customized with different toppings or dips.

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Mexican Corn Casserole: Mexican Corn Casserole is Mexican Street Corn remixed! With all of the same Mexican flavors but fresh OFF the cob and oh so comforting!

Chicken tortilla soup is more than a meal—it’s a flavor-packed journey worth savoring. Whether you stick to the classic or try your own spin, the best part is making it your own. So, as you finish that last spoonful, keep those tasty memories close. Here’s to many more delicious adventures in the world of comforting meals!

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