Tuesday, December 7, 2010

RECIPE: Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

This was just plain ol' good!  I loved it!  I had to tweak the original recipe because I'm always afraid the spicy peppers will have my little ones running for the milk and ice cubes.  I also added some shredded leftover chicken breast to make it a little more hearty.  This is how I changed it up:

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (adapted from Mexican Made Easy)
6-8 small tomatoes (or 4-6 large ones)
2 jalapeno peppers
6 cups chicken stock
1 Tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 corn tortillas, torn into pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 precooked chicken breast, shredded
sour cream
avocado, diced
queso fresco, crumbled
fresh cilantro
tortilla chips (because it's easier than frying up some)
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Add tomatoes and peppers to dry skillet.  Turning periodically to make sure they are getting charred and blackened all around.

After the peppers are done, remove them to a plastic bag to sweat a little to remove some of the skin.  Continue roasting the tomatoes another 5 minutes.

Using a paper towel, rub some of the blackened skin from the jalapenos, split them and remove the seeds and membranes.

Place the tomatoes into a blender along with the seeded and peeled jalapenos.  Pour in 2 cups chicken stock, onion powder, garlic powder and torn corn tortillas.  Blend until finely pureed.

Pour contents into a pot and add remaining chicken stock, salt, pepper and chicken breast.  Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To serve:  Ladle into bowls and serve with sour cream, diced avocado, crumbled queso fresco, chopped cilantro and broken tortilla chips.

This was so good!  So flavorful and very filling.  The jalapeno peppers were not spicy at all. You have got to try this!  Of course, my hubby ("the picky one") didn't like it very much.  He said it was a little "too tomato-y" for him.  However, he did eat all the chicken out of the soup :) 


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Susie said...

That is perfect for this time of year:-)

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Looks delicious. I love the addition of roasted peppers and tomatoes!

Christina said...

Denver will LOVE this!! It's easy enough for me to brave doing it!

Melinda said...

What a perfect meal for these cold December nights!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I have gotten some really great soup recipes this fall and I plan on trying every one of them during the winter. This looks so delicious and I can go for Mexican anything at any time. Thanks!

girlichef said...

Tortilla Soup is my absolute favorite! As a matter of fact, I'm on a quest to find the best! I'd love it if you'd link up w/ that, as well http://www.girlichef.com/2010/05/tortilla-soup-challenge-please-join-me.html ...and thank you so much for sharing this w/ the hearth and soul hop. Want some!! :D

Success said...

I can go for Mexican food any time, and this is the perfect meal with the weather being so cold this tiime of year.

Marni's Organized Mess said...

Oh my, that looks yummy!

Sarah said...

This looks amazing! I haven't made tortilla soup in a while (I LOVE it, the rest of the family is happy for a warm meal). I am giving this a try soon!

girlichef said...

Yay! Thanks so much for sharing it w/ the "quest"...roundup #4 will be probably be posted in Feb!! :D

Rachel said...


Nikki (Coupon Cookin) said...

I love Chicken Tortilla soup, it's one of my favorite recipes. Thanks for sharing.


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