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Sopa de Lima

This Sopa de Lima (Mexican Lime Soup) recipe comes from Mexico Lindo Cooking School in Cancún. A classic, simple dish so full of flavor from the Yucatán.

This Sopa de Lima (Mexican Lime Soup) recipe comes from Mexico Lindo Cooking School in Cancun. A classic, simple dish so full of flavor from the Yucatan.

This is a post long overdue. Really long overdue. Back in April I attended the Cancún Wine and Food Festival. Around the same time I received Jenny’s book, Broth and Stock. Today, I’m finally talking about both with this traditional sopa de lima (Mexican lime soup) recipe.

As part of the 2016 Cancún Wine and Food Festival, I was lucky enough to attend a half day cooking class off the beaten path at Mexico Lindo Cooking School.

While the festival weekend was packed with celebrity chefs from all throughout Mexico, high end, modern cuisine and lots of frills, my 4 or 5 hours spent at the cooking school, making all sorts of traditional Mexican cuisine in a casita set back among the woods surrounded by gardens of organic produce was by far my favorite experience of the short time there.

Mexico Lindo Cooking School - tortilla making

From the sweet tamale breakfast we had to start the day to touring the gardens for produce we’d use later while cooking to hand making tortillas in preparation for our feast together at the end, the experience was as authentic as they come in the Cancún/Riviera Maya area.

Mexico Lindo Cooking School - pan de elote

We made cochinitas that might’ve been some of the best pork shoulder I’ve ever tasted, a pan de elote for dessert that was just pure simplistic deliciousness, guacamole the authentic way in a molcajete, but the dish that stuck out in my head the most was this sopa de lima or, Mexican lime soup.

I’ve always had a soft spot for limey soups – this spicy chicken lime soup being an all-time favorite and my go-to when I’m sick (it’s why I love Thai soups of all kinds so much, the more lime and lemongrass, the better!) and chicken tortilla soup has been a long time favorite.

The sopa de lima we made during the class was the most perfect combination of the two.

Homemade Chicken Bone Broth from broth & stock by Jennifer McGruther is used in this Sopa de Lima recipe.

A flavor-filled limey chicken broth base with just a handful of traditional soup ingredients (onions, pepper, tomatoes) and packed with shredded chicken for satiety.

I could’ve slurped that all day long no matter that it was 90+ degrees outside without any air conditioning.

It was that good.

Simple Chicken Bone Broth from broth & stock is the perfect base for this Mexican Lime Soup.

In fact, I got home from Mexico and the next night recreated it for dinner in a pinch using store bought chicken broth and a few other shortcuts.

It was delicious, but I knew I wanted to do this traditional soup justice and make it the right way too.

Which is where Broth and Stock comes in.

Sopa de Lima is a classic Mexican recipe full of simple yet bold flavors.

Jenny’s book is a keeper for any household cook that takes pride in the quality of their ingredients.

The book is anchored by a bunch of master recipes (like the one I used for this chicken bone broth) but then gives you a plethora of ways in which to use them.

In fact, there’s even a recipe for Yucatán-style lime soup (sopa de lima) in the book!

It looked great as well with a few slight variations from this one but I decided to stay true to what we learned in class with this recipe.

Sopa de Lima is light, refreshing and a simple classic Mexican recipe.

I will admit that I’ve thrown away more chicken carcasses than I’ve actually made broth with before.

It’s a long process but one that couldn’t be simpler and once you use for a soup like this where the broth is so heavily showcased, you’ll never really want to buy the store bought stuff again.

Love this Sopa de Lima recipe?

Don’t miss hot and sour egg drop soup if you love a good tangy soup either, it’s a great Asian inspired option!

Vegan tortilla soup and Mexican vegetable soup are both great ways to enjoy the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine in a vegetarian based soup.

A big thank you to Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Resort for the accommodations and beyond amazing spa treatment and the Cancún Visitors Bureau for the invitation and hospitality. 

Grab Broth and Stock by Jennifer McGruther from Amazon:

Sopa de Lima

This Sopa de Lima (Mexican Lime Soup) recipe comes from Mexico Lindo Cooking School in Cancun. A classic, simple dish so full of flavor from the Yucatan.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings


For the chicken broth

  • 1 cooked chicken carcass
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4-6 quarts cold water

For the soup

  • 5-6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 garlic cloves toasted (toast cloves in a dry skillet over medium high heat until browned)
  • 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 ounces shredded cooked chicken
  • tortilla strips chopped avocado and cilantro for garnish


For the broth

  • Place the chicken carcass in a large stock pot. Add the wine then water, covering the bones by about 1 inch.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then turn down to medium-low and simmer, covered for 8-18 hours, until broth is rich and fragrant.
  • Strain through a fine mesh sieve and pour broth into glass jars to store in the refrigerator. Once solidified, a thin layer of fat will form at the top, simply skim off before using.

For the soup

  • Add the broth, bay leaf, garlic, peppercorns, oregano and salt to a large pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Place the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened but not browned.
  • Add the pepper and cook for another 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Add the tomatoes, cook for 4-5 minutes then add the mixture and the lime juice into the simmering broth.
  • Continue simmering the broth for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, season with salt to taste.
  • Place the shredded chicken in serving bowls. Ladle the soup on top and garnish with tortilla strips, avocado and cilantro.


Chicken bone broth recipe from Jennifer McGruther's book Broth and Stock

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 884kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 14308mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 24g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine Mexican
Course Soups + Stews
Keyword chicken lime soup, lime soup, Sopa de lima

My travel, accommodations and attendance to the Cancún Wine & Food Festival was sponsored by the CVB, all opinions and content are my own.

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

Recipe Rating


Thursday 3rd of February 2022

This soup was amazing! My kiddos loved it! Thanks for sharing. The only thing I did differently was add Shallots with the onions and Cumin as well. It was the perfect soup for our negative degree weather we had. I'll be making this again and feel like it'll be soon!


Wednesday 9th of January 2019

I adored this soup while I was visiting the Cancun area a few years ago and ordered it at least once daily. This soup was not only incredibly easy to make but amazingly delicious. My family loves it as much as I do. I'll definitely be making this on a regular basis. Thank you!!

Kim Beaulieu

Sunday 21st of August 2016

This is one seriously perfect soup. I could eat this all day long.

carrian cheney

Friday 19th of August 2016

Um, I'm pretty sure I need to do that as well, and gorgeous photos!

Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

Thursday 18th of August 2016

Ok. First of all, Cancún Wine and Food Festival?! Ummm what? I need to do that. Also, this soup sounds crazy delicious!!