I wanted to reheat my chicken tortilla soup and walked away and forgot about it. When I went back to the stove very little liquid was left in the pot, it was practically all boiled away.

I used a Mexican tortilla soup stock by Swanson. Other ingredients in this recipe are black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and tomato paste, plus the chicken. This is the only Mexican recipe that I make.

What should I do?

  • What would happen if I poured in 3 cans of water for example? What would happen to the flavor of the soup?
  • If I add preheated water will the water dilute the flavor?
  • Do I just put in 1 cup/can or can I put in 3 cups/cans of water?
  • Reheating it all over again to get the flavour into the water will overcook everything else to mush. You should start again, and eat the failed leftovers as burritos or enchiladas as you suggested.
    – Ming
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 4:14
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    – Bob
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 8:38
  • You're lucky that you didn't boil it away completely ... then you end up burning things and have a pot that's a pain to clean.
    – Joe
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 19:11

2 Answers 2


If you add preheated water, you don't need to reheat the soup--just mix in and enjoy! Depending on how strong it is, you could also just eat it as-is--IMHO the best soups always reduce the stock anyway.


I'm with James - a few cups of hot water will do fine.

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