Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup (Dairy Free)

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..Do you ever feel………like a plastic bag?

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (8) Sorry, but I’ve been wanting to randomly start a post with that dumb line of song lyrics for ages and since I’m drawing a bit of a blank today it seemed like a good plan before I did it. Now…..not so much. It’s just, I feel like I’ve fallen into a major rut you guys. No really, there are so many things that I’d like to change or start doing that I keep putting off for “later” and not realizing that what I’m really doing is chickening out. And here I’ve always thought I was more outgoing than that.

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (2) Liv told me recently that whenever she reads my blog she feels inspired to do some writing herself and, I don’t know, that really blows my mind. The thought that anyone doesn’t cringe as many times as I do while reading a my posts doesn’t compute in my brain (like errrrrrr). Trust me, I did not start this blog for the writing portion. I’ve never claimed to be a good writer or even thought it. In fact, I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s quite the opposite. I look at writing blog posts as just a necessary measure required for me to be able to share my recipes with you guys, which is what I really enjoy. I think deep in my subconscious I’m always sort of hoping that you all skip the posts and just go for the photos and recipe.

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free But it’s time. I’m resolving right now that with this change in season is going to come some new things. Playing it safe is both vastly overrated and getting boring. I need more spontaneity! I’m mostly referring to my writer’s block here but this applies to a lot of stuff (i.e. my terrible Spanishing). I just have to find some better motivation. Ooooh, and speaking of new stuff you guys, I’m so, so, so excited that I might be getting a new lens for my baby camera! It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while but I felt like I still needed some more time to get used to working with the ones I already had.

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (3) It’s really funny, I remember in my pre-food-photographer days; whenever I would hear people talking about getting a new lens for their camera I’d think it was so silly and that all lenses were basically the same and that they were just bad photographers. Boy, was I way off. Now that I’ve become familiar (even if I’m still only an amateur) with cameras I can completely appreciate the difference. It can be night and day.

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (5) So does anyone have plans for Easter? We don’t really have anything special planned this year, except I definitely want to make some more hot cross buns! Yep, nothing is really planned for this Sunday though, but I think tomorrow we’re going to have our typical Friday family dinner with our friends a day early. I’m probably going to be making either this or these  because, like I mentioned last weekend, they were both huge hits and everyone is demanding more(not really, but really)! I’m leaning towards the latter because, like a loser, I still haven’t tried my new deep-frier and I think they’d be the perfect thing to start with! Which brings me to an announcement that I’ve been ordered to give to the world being that; said deep-frier has been dubbed “Tuck” by my big sis’s brilliance. Isn’t that the best idea ever? An teeny tiny example of one of the many reasons why I love her so much!

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (6) Okay, but all sidenotes and randomness aside, I have almost completely forgotten to say anything about this soup. Yeah, that would be helpful to mention, right? Is anybody planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, because Easter’s already almost here and passed. That means May will be right around the corner before you know it and this is the perfect thing for a fiesta! Hey, who says you have to be a Mexican to celebrate their nationality. It’s not stopping me that’s for sure! Hello tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and Mayan lava cakes all next month! You guys in? Correct answer=YES!

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (4) Can you believe that before this I had never tried making a tortilla soup before! Which, does anyone find the fact that traditional tortilla soup doesn’t contain any actual tortillas, but is only served with them, kind of confusing or hilarious? I even cheated there and used tortilla chips instead of plain old tortillas because the crunch they add totally makes this soup.

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (7) But back to how I’ve never made this, what’s wrong with me? It’s like the ultimate marriage between two of the worlds greatest things, tacos (one of my fam’s favorites) and one-pot meals (one of my favorite things ever)! Obviously I have a mental disorder to have waited this long. It may have taken me forever to catch on, but that’s why I feel like I have to make sure you don’t wait another second longer than you have to before you try this! It’s bomb peoples!

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup #Dairy Free (9)

Salsa Verde Brown Rice Chicken Tortilla Soup (Dairy Free)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups water, plus more as needed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large zuccini, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup whole kernal corn off the cob
  • 1/2 cup cooked white beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (or sour cream)
  • 2 tablespoons salsa verde
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings:
  • cilantro
  • coconut milk (or sour cream)
  • avocado slices
  • tortilla chips
  • lime juice


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large pot and add the salt and brown rice. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and has absorbed the water (add more water as it cooks if necessary).
  2. While the rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a medium to large skillet and add garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Saute over medium high heat for about 5 minutes until browned and fragrant then add zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes longer until tender. Remove pan from heat.
  3. When rice is nearly finished cooking, Add the contents of skillet to the pot along with tomatoes, corn, beans, cilantro, lime juices, and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the coconut milk, salsa verde, and spices and allow soup to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until the rice is completely tender. If it starts to get too thick just add additional water. Reduce heat to a simmer again and stir in chicken meat and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot with desired toppings!

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  1. says

    Well, for me I really appreciate your writing, so keep that going! I am still in eating-soup-because-winter mode still, even though the spring has officially begun over here. And yeah, I kinda skip Easter while waiting for May and Cinco de Mayo! So much more fun 🙂

  2. says

    So many things, not the least of which is, I just found your blog and love it. I can’t wait to peruse some of your older posts, but I just couldn’t wait to ask, what new lens are your getting???

    I totally feel you on the excitement on getting a new toy for your baby (aka camera). It’s nuts how long it can take to save, but it’s oh, so, worth it.

    P.S. Favorite tip for overcoming writer’s block is to write in the shower. It’s a bit messy, but Paper Mate Flair pens work reasonably well on paper stuck to the wall. You just can’t press hard 😉

    • Tori says

      Thanks so much, Mikaela! The new lens is a 50mm f/1.8G for Nikon and I can’t wait to start using it.
      Also, writing in the shower sounds like such a genius idea, thanks!

  3. says

    I’ve been starting to get sick over the past couple of days and now just looking at this soup almost makes me feel a little better. I want to grab through my computer screen and just have this warm soup with me right now!!

  4. says

    Hi, Tori, I randomly visit your blog and find that this is an interesting place for those who love learning cooking and discover new things like me. To be honest I really love your rice chicken tortilla soup, it looks awesome from the picture and i believe that It would be more awesome If I could taste it, but I can enjoy it through the internet, Thanks for sharing this tasty soup. Of course, I would try my best to learn it from you, hope that my soup will be good too.

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