Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

Saturday’s around here mean 2 things.

  1. Long runs…today I ran 9 miles. Just me and my Shuffle Ipod! I’m proud to say I ran the whole way with one stop at a traffic light to stretch my legs. I’m training to run the Rock and Roll half marathon in San Antonio with my sister next month!
  2. College football! We’re a little confused around here about who we’re rooting for. Where does your college football loyalty lie??? Mine lies with the Horned Frogs of TCU, my alma mater! Go Frogs! What about yours?

This recipe is my version of the one I found in a recent Rachael Ray Magazine.

Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

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Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes


  • 10 corn tortillas ($.69)
  • 2 T oil ($.05)
  • 1 T cumin ($.05)
  • 1 16 oz. bag frozen corn ($1)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes ($.23) recent deal at Kroger, Hunts on sale with ecoupon and paper coupon!
  • 1/2 onion, chopped ($.20)
  • 2 garlic cloves ($.05)
  • 1/4 cup Muir Glen salsa ($.25) (recently on sale and had a $1 coupon)
  • Salt/pepper
  • 3-4 cups Broth (free or $1…I’m not sure how much this costs because I never buy it…this is my guess!)
  • Lime juice ($.05) or real lime ($.50)
  • Sour Cream ($.15)
  • Distinctively Dole Southwest Salad ($2)


  • Heat oven to 400. Cut corn tortillas into strips. Toss with vegetable oil and cumin. Spread onto baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until crispy and golden brown. I used some for the soup and some as chips. The boys liked the chips not in their soup.
  • In saucepan, add 1 T oil and the corn. Cook a few minutes until the kernel edges brown. Add garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Then add broth and can of tomatoes. Let soup simmer for awhile, giving the flavors time to mingle!
  • Ladle into bowls. Add tortilla strips, a squeeze of lime juice and a dollop of sour cream! Serve with side salads.

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Cost $4.72

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  1. noelle says

    Do you defrost the corn before you put it in the oil? I freeze my own corn and can tomatoes like crazy, so this one would be even cheaper at our house!

  2. Elizabeth says

    Fantastic blog. We are on a similar budget and I love finding new ways to make creative meals while still cutting corners.

    Good luck with the half marathon! I just ran one here in the Atlanta area this morning. :)

  3. Heidi says

    YUM! I am so excited for cooler weather so I can make SOUP soup and more soup! Too bad my husband doesn’t like it or we’d have it every night!
    How do you never pay for broth?

  4. Erik says

    This is one of my favorite recipes. Really tasty, and the tortilla chips are a welcome change from the standard bun.
    As for the cost of the broth, it would be more expensive if you buy the actual liquid stock, but less if you use boullion cubes.

  5. Mrs. Querido says

    Wow…this looks TASTY! We love Mexican fare over here in the FITPH household…I will definiteliy have to incorporate this one into our menu!

  6. Mrs. Querido says

    Hi $5 Dinner Mom,

    I really love your blog! Out of curiosity, what kind of a budget do you stick with for the other meals for the day? Sometime could you please post some of your breakfasts and lunches?

    Oh, and the photos you take always look sooooo yummy!


    Mrs. Q

  7. Stephanie says

    Looks yummy! Love your blog! My team is Univ. of Tennessee and my husbands is Univ. of Alabama…but my real love is with the TN Titans

  8. says

    I replaced regular cumin with a packet of taco seasoning and also added a can of black beans. I also fried the corn tortilla strips in olive oil instead of baking them and they turned out extra tasty!! Very good recipe if you’re on a tight budget. My entire grocery bill for a whole pot of this soup was $12 but it will last for a long while for just a single person and also a small family. The limes made the whole dish. I quartered fresh limes, squeezed the juice into the soup and then put the whole piece of lime in it. It reminded me of a soup I once had in Chicago at a mexican restaurant. Very good recipe!!

  9. Cathie says

    I made this soup tonight! Yum! One question, though. There is salsa in the name and ingredient list, however the directions do not call for it. Should I have added it in??

  10. says

    I love how your recipes are so unique. I also love how specific your niche is. Looking forward to getting some recipes. How do you break down the cost. I noticed the onion was 20 cents. How do you get that number?

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