mamá kelly’s soup

by @according2kelly on December 10, 2010

chicken and rice soup recipechicken & rice, loaded up with chunks of fresh avocado, lots of cilantro, onions, tomatoes & warmed tortillas – quite possibly one of my all-time favorite winter meals… mamá avila’s soup. some days, it’s all i can think of & today i was definitely craving it. unfortunately it isn’t always convenient to pack everyone up in the car & head on over to mama avila’s herself. so i’ve concocted my own version… mamá kelly’s soup. & luckily it’s quick & super easy – but tastes oh so good. let’s be honest, the secret definitely lies in the loads of fresh vegetables you pile on top, just prior to serving. there’s just something magically delicious about the crunch of the onion, the creaminess of the avocado & fresh tang of the cilantro in every bite of chicken & rice goodness.

mamá kelly’s chicken & rice soup

shredded chicken (boil & shred your own or start with a rotisserie chicken)
mexican rice (i’ve found mexican/ spanish rice pre-made at my grocery store, or you can make your own easy enough)
chicken stock (reserve the water from boiling the chicken or use the canned variety)
roma tomatoes

1. add shredded chicken & mexican rice to the chicken stock & boil until warmed.

2. chop fresh tomatoes, onions, avocados & cilantro.

3. ladle warm soup into bowls & top with any (but preferably all) condiments, & a squeeze of lemon. for the full effect, serve with warmed tortillas.

eat, savor & enjoy. i promise this recipe will quickly become a staple in your household too. & it will definitely cure anything that ails you.

april kennedy
april kennedy

My husband just said 'thank you'! We live in Northern California. We vacation in San Clemente every summer and love Avilas!! Can't wait to try this recipe. Also a little birdie {twitter} told me that we just might be on the same party plane to blissdom. Can't wait to meet you! ♥april


YUM! I cannot wait to try this! I have to tell you...I have made your pumpkin bread pudding twice, both times with a DOUBLE recipe of the caramel sauce. Oh My. Might have to stop reading your recipes. =0)

nicole smith
nicole smith

Oh my goodness - this looks yummy! Whenever I go to El Ranchito I get that soup - I'm so excited to have a recipe like it I can make at home. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation

This looks DELISH!! I am so making this. I just bought a Rotis. Chicken today! Anything with cilantro in it, I have to make. I have an addiction to it!


  1. […] According to Kelly: If you’re feeling a little under the weather, try out mama Kelly’s soup, which looks like a delicious version of the classic soup Grandma used to make. […]

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