Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tortilla Soup


My daughter cooked dinner again tonight. No, it is not the weather for soup (108 degrees is not soup weather!) but oh my goodness this was so good! The flavors just burst forth...it may be summer but I had seconds on soup! It was delicious!

When she first told me the recipe, I was a skeptic. It didn't seem "hard" enough to be good. Instead, it was easy and great! This goes to show that a recipe doesn't have to be complex and labor intensive to have great flavor and make you want seconds on soup...even when it is 108 degrees outside!

First, she brought out the stock and the shredded chicken that she had made yesterday. I believe the key is in the chicken stock that she made. It was flavored specifically for the pupusas and was great as the base for the soup. It would not be the same with a can plain of chicken stock! As crazy as it sounds, the secret flavoring ingredient was the Taco Seasoning no other herbs or spices were used. You could create the same stock by poaching the chicken thighs in a mixture of chicken broth and water and adding 1/2 package of the Taco Seasoning. Depending on how how you like the soup, half of a jalapeno could be seeded, diced and added. She did not use a jalapeno tonight.

Tortilla Soup

Ingredients
Shredded chicken (prepare your own as above or purchase a rotisserie chicken
2 cans chicken stock (or leftover homemade stock)
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 or 2 can Ro*Tel tomatoes with green chilies
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken

Tortilla chips or homemade strips

Mix all ingredients together except for the tortilla chips. Simmer about 10 minutes.

Garnishes
Sour cream
Avocado
Cilantro
Queso Fresco

To serve take a handful of tortilla chips, crush them and place in the bottom of the bowl. Ladle soup over the chips. Garnish with any or all of the listed garnishes.

If you have made tortilla strips, place them on top of the soup with the garnishes.

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This recipe is a keeper. I can hardly wait to have it again!

8 comments:

  1. Yum! I could eat this any time of the year! I love those Rotel tomatoes too!


    Nice photos!

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  2. This is my kind of soup. Chunky and full of wonderful flavors!

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  3. of course things needn't be difficult to yield tasty results, and thank goodness for that! your daughter does good work--this sounds like a delightful soup, and sure is purty. :)

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  4. Thanks for your visit at my Garden Party! I see so many delightful recipes here that I can't wait to try. Congratulations to your daughter for putting together some delicious meals! I know my husband and I would both love this soup.

    ~Susan

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  5. Love all the flavors in this soup and the toppings too. Despite the heat wave we are having I could go for a bowl of this right now.

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  6. Great recipes, fortunately, don't need to be hard to be great :)

    This soup looks wonderful!

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  7. This is very similar to one I make. Love it! Your's looks delish :-)

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  8. My friend Jain raves about tortilla soup..I think you've just further convinced me to try!108!Never here!!

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