Saturday, October 03, 2009

Tortilla Soup!

tortilla soup

It's cooled down considerably in the last couple of days, making the evenings too cool for open windows, officially making it soup season, which I love. There's nothing like a big bowl of steaming yumminess to warm you up.

avocado & lime

Tortilla soup is one of my favorites, and this one is excellent. Everyone in my house loved it, my dad was scraping his bowl. Make it for dinner!

tortilla soup

Tortilla Soup
from simply recipes

6 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas, preferably a little old and dried out
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup (I used more like a whole cup))
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium jalapeño chile, seeded (leave a few seeds for spice), veins removed, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken ( I used more like 2-2 1/2 cups)
1 ripe medium avocado
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz) (or other mild, melting cheese)
Chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges

If you are starting with somewhat old, dried out tortillas, great. If not and you are starting with relatively fresh tortillas, put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 200°F for 10-15 minutes to dry them out a bit. It is best to start with tortillas that don't have a lot of moisture in them. Cut tortillas in half; cut halves into 1/4-inch strips. In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry strips in oil, 1/3 at a time, until light brown and crisp. Remove from pan; drain on paper towels. Reserve.
Heat oil remaining in saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook onion in oil 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and chile; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in broth, tomatoes and salt. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add chicken; heat until hot.
To serve, peel and pit the avocado. Cut into 1-inch slices. Divide half of tortilla strips among 4 individual serving bowls; ladle in soup. Top with avocado and cheese; garnish with remaining tortilla strips and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Serves 4.

tortilla soup

39 comments:

  1. Mmm this looks good. I love tortilla soup but have never made it from scratch. I am saving this recipe.

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  2. i love it when ppl scrape bowls, plates etc. So fufilling as the food provider...you know you've made someone happy ;)looks great1

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  3. This is good!!! Make it NOW! Don't wait! Everyone will scrape their bowls.

    Hannah's mom

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  4. I am definitely going to make, looking forward to scraping my bowl!

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  5. Delish... one of my favorites! Tortilla soup is SO good in cool weather. Wishing I had a bowl right now!

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  6. looks awesome and delicious. Beautiful photos.

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  7. Mmm! I don't know what the weather is like down in Georgia, but here in Ohio it has been dreary and cold. Tortilla soup sounds like the perfect cure. (:

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  8. Tortilla soup is the best! Yours looks delicious.

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  9. Soup season is my favorite season too. Aside from a pile of mashed potatoes and gravy I am not sure there is much else that can warm me up on a cool cloudy Seattle evening. This torilla soup sounds wonderful, I have a friend who is always looking for a new one to try. I will pass this on to her.

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  10. I make tortilla soup w/ a jar of salsa in place of the long list of other ingredients. I add the salsa to chicken broth, diced roasted chicken, canned black beans, and frozen corn. Bring to a simmer, then place in bowls w/tortilla chips, avocado, jack cheese, and a dollop of sour cream on top. Yours look great too, but why not take the short cuts and then bake some pumpkin bread with the extra time!

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  11. one of our favorites in the winter. I like the way yours looks so chunky. I might have to give yours a whirl..

    we usually add carrots, green onions and at the end a dalop of sour cream.
    mmm.

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  12. I made it! It was great. I added some corn tortillas to the broth while it was simmering. I also added cumin and chili powder.

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  13. Hi, I recently found your blog, and this caught my eye! I'm making it for dinner tonight, and also the apple crisp. =) Thanks, you have great photos and a nice blog!

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  14. We're eating this right now. :) Next time I'm throwing in a can of black beans.

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  15. this looks to die forrrr. omg i'm so hungry right now!

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  16. This was great!! I added to it a little bit =) YUM!

    Blogged here: http://ldylvbgr.blogspot.com/2009/10/tortilla-chicken-soup.html

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  17. mmm. One of my favorites for this time of the year. As the weather cools, I love the warmth and the spiciness. Love the textures here.

    Your blog is making me think I need to take a photography class. Can I befriend you so you'll teach me your craft?? :)

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  18. Looks fantastic, Hannah! I'm going to bookmark this one and make it soon. :)

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  19. i made this soup per your recipe and it was delicious! thank you for sharing!e

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