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One of my absolute things about moving to a loft is the relationships that I have with all of my neighbors.

I have to admit that — after owning and living in a house for much of my twenties — I was a little worried that moving into a building would feel like regressing to college and dorm life. But I have discovered quite the opposite. I love living in a building with so many interesting, smart, thoughtful, generous and fun people!

From quick catch-ups when walking up and down the stairs each day, to fun “neighbor” dinners, to helping care for each other’s dogs, to impromptu late-night chats in the hallway, to borrowing ingredients constantly when I forget to grab something at the store (I repay in food and cookies!!), and everything in between — I have just completely enjoyed getting to know these new friends. Really makes this place feel like a home.

But one other perk of living in such a great place is that I love recruiting old friends to come live here. One of my newest neighbors is my friend, Amanda, who runs the orphanage in Africa that I went to visit last year. She recently moved in, and surprised me two nights ago by welcoming me home from a l-o-n-g day at work with a piping hot (and spicy hot!) bowl of Mexican soup and sangria. She lived in Mexico for a few years in college, and loves cooking up authentic food.

So although I already have a few tortilla soup-ish recipes on here, I figured one more couldn’t hurt. This one we decided to call Chipotle Chicken Soup with Rice. Amanda’s version was suuuuper spicy — the kind that will clear out your sinuses in a heartbeat! So we decided to tone it down just a bit in this recipe, but I have included a few suggestions for those of you who would like to kick up the heat factor. Basically it is a chicken and rice soup with a tomato, chipotle and salsa verde flavored broth. It’s light, flavorful, and really simple to throw together.

Big thanks to Amanda for a great recipe! And cheers to great neighbors everywhere!

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Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This simple soup is full of great flavor with a kick!


  • 1 Tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • half a chayote, diced (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned or frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 3 chipotles in adobo sauce, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 2/3 cup salsa verde, homemade or store-bought (recommend Herdez brand)
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt and pepper
  • garnish: diced avocado, fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, crumbled queso fresco, additional lime wedges


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, jalapenos and chayote, and saute for 5 minutes until the onion is translucent and tender. Add garlic and saute for an additional minute until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, corn, chipotles, adobo sauce, and stir to combine. Heat until nearly boiling, then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for at least 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken, rice, salsa verde and lime juice, and then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve warm garnished with lots of fresh avocado, cilantro, tortilla chips and queso fresco.
  4. (*See note below for options with more or less heat/spiciness.*)


*For more heat, you can leave in the seeds of the jalapenos and/or double the amount of salsa verde. Or Amanda prefers to use serranos or habaneros in place of the jalapenos.

*For less heat, reduce to a single jalapeno and chipotle pepper, and add the salsa verde 1/4 cup at a time to taste.

Recipe from my friend, Amanda.

Chipotle Chicken and Rice Soup | #mexican

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47 comments on “Chipotle Chicken and Rice Soup”

  1. We’re heading into another stretch of cold weather later this week so I’m bringing the comfort food back out. This soup looks like the perfect option! I’ll have to stick with the less spicy version, I’m a total wimp in that regard :)

  2. Yum!

    We have great neighbors here. I was worried about moving to Kansas because in California, we lived in the country and had all the space to ourselves. We were worried that moving into a subdivision would be hard. But, we bought a house in the middle of a hill on a cul-de-sac with one other neighbor. And would you believe it?: They’re our age and go to our Church! How lucky did we get?! yay for great neighbors!

  3. This sounds perfect for the rainy day we’re having today! And I’m truly jealous of your loft living. I always wanted a loft… college dream lol ;)

  4. This looks like a big bowl of flavour! How awesome to have neighbours like Amanda who can greet you with something so delicious at the end of the day. I might move in too ;)

  5. I could eat this every single day!!!! You are so lucky to have such good neighbors!!!

  6. Ali, I am going crazy over this soup. Chipotle (the pepper) and house are maybe the two must used ingredients in my kitchen!! I love everything about this soup and will be making it soon. ESPECIALLY, since it is freezing and snow here!

  7. Love the avocado on top!

  8. What a gorgeous soup – can’t wait to make this! Love how you and your neighbors are so close, too. All the perks of a neighborhood without ever having to leave the building!

  9. Oh yum!! I bet if you were my neighbor, I’d be quite happy. WE never talk to our neighbors, but that’s b/c they are all old or unpleasant. haha.

  10. Aww, I’m so glad to hear Amanda moved downtown too. What a great person to have as a neighbor! The soup sounds amazing!!

  11. There’s just one thing missing from this soup. My face.

  12. Great neighbours are very important. In general my are awesome except for one who plays a very loud music definitely too often. Maybe I should present him this soup and ask to turn it down. Nothing else seems to work.

  13. I like in a triplex with two friends in the other two apartments, so I know what you mean! So fun!

    This soup looks DELICIOUS. A definite must-try. I love spicy soups,so I’ll be kickin it up a notch! :)

  14. This soup looks really good. I totally miss having great neighbors.

  15. Day 1 of my fast and I shouldn’t be reading this. :) I love chicken and rice soup and this one is right up my alley! Especially with that avocado on top. ;)

  16. So this is probably a totally obvious question, but: there’s no actual chicken in the recipe, just the broth? Or was that an accidental omission? Just thought from the title that there’d be chicken, so wanted to double check before I make it. Sounds delicious either way!

  17. I have an obsession with chipotle. And this is right up my alley for comfort food, looks delish!

  18. Gorgeous!! I am so glad you have wonderful friends in your building. Good neighbors are key!

  19. I’ve never had good luck with neighbors, but always had good luck with roommates! I love the little community feeling :) And especially when they know good food!

  20. Oh my gosh this looks like the best tortilla soup ever!

  21. Thanks so much for reminding me about Energy of Hope… I have donated to them in the past, and your blogpost has reminded me to do so again… their work (Amanda’s work) is fantastic!

  22. am I missing the chicken part? or is the chicken broth the chicken part? Looks like a super delicious soup. was hoping to make this week. thanks!

    • Oh my goodness, Gigi — how did I forget to include the chicken?? Ha, late night. I edited the recipe and the chicken is in there now. :) Thank you!

    • Thanks!!!! making now. it’ll be perfect for this dreary rainy Friday. Thanks so much!! Happy weekend!

    • ok…just made it. WOW! SOOOOOO good!!!! really, really good! Thank you!!

  23. This looks absolutely beautiful! I love rice in soups :)

  24. I would love to live in your building!

  25. I love chipotle anything, this soup looks like a winner!

  26. I absolutely love Mexican soups! They are one of my favorite dishes! And I love the spice in here. Stunning photos too!

  27. This looks so lovely, Ali!! Love that it’s spicy and I agree with Carla, the photos are really stunning and pop!

  28. I want a gigantic bowl of this soup right now! I love the colors, the flavors and how easy it seems to whip up!

  29. This post made me feel a pang of sadness for all of our old neighbors we love and miss so much! Happy to see I’m not the only one who gets attached ;)
    This soup looks like comfort in a bowl!

  30. Love how well you get along with your neighbours! I’m sure they were pretty thrilled when they found out what you do and are happy to lend any ingredients you may need :)

  31. I wish my neighbors were as friendly as that!! I only know a handful of the people around me and even then, only by sight…i don’ think we’ve ever exchanged names!

    Maybe I need to walk around handing out bowls of this soup! A great conversation starter :)

  32. Gorgeous soup, Ali. And I loved reading your experience at the orphanage!

  33. I love everything about this soup — especially the avocado on top. Yum!

  34. This is my kind of soup, I love it!

  35. Yum…
    Will you believe if I tell you this is exactly what I was craving right now… I just need a bowl of hot and spicy and dense soup with chicken and rice and this is is the kind that would have made me so happy..
    Love it!

  36. think you could put raw chicken breast in the crock with all the other ingredients???

  37. Writing down all the ingredients and headed to the store now. Can’t wait to have this for dinner tonight!!

  38. Wow, this looks so perfect! I bet this tastes absolutely amazing :)

  39. That is absolutely stunning looking!!! How great that you have such friendly neighbors around you. I want to come live in your building so you can share your soup and photo tips with me.

  40. I’d love to be your neighbor. Being reimbursed in cookies sounds perfect. Wow, this soup looks delicious. Chipotles are my fav!

  41. Made this for my group of ladies @ church last night….amazing! Everyone loved it
    I made the less spicy version. :) thanks for the great recipe!

  42. This looks amazing! I wonder how cauliflower ” rice” would sub in this dish?