Shrimp tortilla soup

Shrimp tortilla soup

This shrimp tortilla soup is an ideal soup for anyone that loves spice + seafood combined into one delicious bite. It is made with shrimp, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, spices, seafood broth, lime juice and served with queso fresco, tortilla chips, and avocado. This recipe is a variation of my Uncle Clarence’s famous chicken tortilla soup. I lived with my aunt and him when I first moved to Austin, and loved it when he would prepare this classic tex-mex soup. He prepares it with shrimp, instead of chicken, during Lent, and it is so comforting – I still have a hard time deciding if I prefer it with shrimp or chicken.

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Shrimp tortilla soup
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Yield: For 6-8 people

Shrimp tortilla soup

Shrimp tortilla soup recipe made with shrimp, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, spices, seafood broth, lime juice and served with queso fresco, tortilla chips, and avocado.


  • 2 tbs oil or butter
  • 1 ½ cup diced white or yellow onion, about ¾ of a large onion
  • 1 bunch of green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeds removed (or not if you want the wild stuff version), diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, double for wild stuff version
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 6 roma tomatoes, peeled and diced, about 2 cups
  • 2-4 cups of seafood stock, adjust based on how thick you prefer the soup
  • 2 cups of tomato juice
  • 2 lbs medium sized raw shrimp, deveined and peeled (or you can also leave the shells on according your preference)
  • ½ cup lime juice – from 2 large limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnishes:
  • Crumbled queso fresco, or grated monterrey jack cheese
  • Tortilla chips, homemade or store-bought
  • Diced or sliced avocado
  • Finely chopped cilantro
  • Finely chopped green onions
  • Fresh jalapeño slices
  • Lime slices


  1. To make the refrito or base for the soup, heat the oil in large pot.
  2. Add the onions, green onions, cilantro, jalapeños, crushed garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the seafood stock and tomato juice. Bring to a boil, add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are done (but not overcooked), about 5-8 minutes- more or less depending on the size of the shrimp.
  5. Add the lime juice and remove from the heat.
  6. Serve immediately garnished with queso fresco, tortilla chips, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, green onions and lime slices.

Spicy shrimp soup Shrimp soup

The shrimp soup is delicious on its own, but then add tortilla chips, queso fresco, freshly chopped cilantro, green onions and avocado on top and it becomes an amazing mix of flavors. This soup is on the spicy side, but just enough for you to feel the kick of spice without being too overpowering. You can use just one jalapeño and less cayenne pepper for a less spicy version. On the other hand you can also double them for what my uncle calls the “wild stuff” version. You can also serve some fresh sliced jalapeños on the side for those (like my 10 year old) who love it super spicy.

Shrimp tortilla soup

You can use store bought tortilla chips or you can also make your own at home. I like to make them into tortilla strips by cutting corn tortillas into long (wide or narrow) strips and then frying them in hot oil. It’s very easy to make them. You can also bake the tortilla strips at 375F for about 7-10 minutes for a slightly healthier alternative. To serve the shrimp tortilla soup garnish it with queso fresco, tortilla chips, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, fresh jalapeño slices, and slices of lime.


Step by step preparation photos for shrimp tortilla soup

Ingredients for tortilla soup sofrito Prepare a refrito or sofrito with onions, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro and spices

Cook the refrito for about 10 minutes Add the diced tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes

Shrimp for tortilla soup Add the shrimp to soup and cook until they are done

Spicy shrimp soup Spicy tex-mex style shrimp soup

Garnishes for tortilla soup Shrimp tortilla soup with avocado

Easy shrimp soup recipe Tortilla soup with shrimp

Tortilla soup toppings Sopa de tortilla con camaron or shrimp tortilla soup

This post was last modified: August 19th, 2016 by Layla Pujol


  1. It was my birthday today and I had to make it to celebrate, it was super amazing and made the horror of being closer to 40 a lot better. Even my husband loved it. Thanks for letting me celebrate with delicious food.

  2. Amazing! Couldn’t wait to make this so I used chicken stock instead and it was still incredible. Even my husband who hates shrimp loved it. Thank you. I can tell I’ll be making this over and over again.

  3. What is seafood stock…

    • It’s a concentrated seafood broth, you can find it at most grocery stores in the same area as other broths/stocks. Most fishmongers/seafood stores also sell their own seafood stock. If for any reason you can’t find it, just use vegetable broth.

  4. It’s a little too warm in Austin to make this right now but I know my son will love it. It has all of his favorite things in it.

  5. Jennifer Scherer says:

    This is a great recipe. And very easy to make. That is why I absolutely love making Laylitas recipes. She keeps them easy to follow and very delicious.

  6. Colleen Bowen says:

    I added halibut,
    clams and mussels. It looked and tasted amazing!
    My guests swooned, thanks so much for the recipe!

  7. annette says:

    this looks fabulous. my kids are going to LOVE this, can’t wait to make it.

  8. Hi, I have made this soup before, it’s fantastic! I want to make it for a large group of people, can I just double the ingredients?

    • Yes, though depending on the heat level you want (or your guests like), you might just increase the amount of cayenne and hot peppers in a smaller dose (from 1/2 tsp to 3/4 tsp of cayenne and from 2 jalapeños to 3 jalapeños).

  9. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! says:

    Another masterpiece!

  10. Gabriel Torres says:


    Really nice dish looks delicious..

  11. Marcella says:

    Hi Laylita,

    This looks delicious! Where can I get seafood stock?

    Thank you so much :)


  12. Alevtyina says:

    Looks absolutely amaizing, can not wait to make this delicious dish

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