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12 Cups
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
30 minutes


2 teaspoons oil
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
2 cloves of garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 cups navy beans (cooked or canned, drained and rinsed)
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (see Notes)
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
2 teaspoons oregano
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup shredded cheese
10 corn tortillas


  1. In a large saucepan on medium heat, add oil and sauté onion until softened. Stir in garlic and cumin.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes and broth. Heat to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, chiles, oregano and chicken. Simmer 15 minutes.
  4. When ready to serve, stir in cilantro and 1 cup cheese until melted. Serve tortilla strips on the side as soup toppings.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Broth can be made at home or purchased in a can or box or made using bouillon. For each cup of broth use 1 cup very hot water and 1 teaspoon or 1 cube bouillon.

  • To make tortilla strips, stack tortillas and cut in half. Cut each half-stack into thin strips. Spread strips on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F, tossing frequently, for 15 minutes or until crispy and starting to lightly brown.