Monday, May 04, 2009

Mmm...Monday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

At the request of some of my Facebook friends, here's the recipe for Friday night's dinner.

Update 1/2014: This is a pretty loose recipe, so modify it freely. I like it best when I use chicken stock from my crockpot rotisserie chicken recipe, which is a little bit spicy and adds a lot of flavor. I usually don't bother with the jalapeno, and most of the time I don't even bother with the salsa or the garlic (if I've got good, flavorful homemade stock).


(Note: I took this picture after adding sour cream)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (leave at least some of the seeds if you want it a little spicy)
1-2 T taco seasoning mix (homemade)
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. thick and chunky salsa
1/4 c. lime juice
2 c. chopped cooked chicken
1/4 c. snipped fresh cilantro (optional--see note)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can (1.5-2 cups) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (1-1.5 cups) corn, drained

Dump everything in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 (basically, until the onions are no longer crunchy). If your chicken is already cooked really well (like if you did it in a crockpot the first time you cooked it), you'll want to wait and add it at the end, just to heat it through--otherwise it will tend to disintegrate.

Serve with optional toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, and broken tortilla chips (or homemade tortilla strips—cut tortillas into thin strips and bake 12 min. at 375*). Makes 6-8 servings.

Note: When I have extra fresh cilantro, I wash it and chop it up and put tablespoon-ish amounts in  ice cube trays. Add a little water and freeze, and then you can easily add a couple of frozen cubes when you're making soup.

6 comments:

Laurie said...

i have always wanted a recipe for this kind of soup. thanks for posting it. maybe i'll make it for our next rainy day. :)

zz said...

Yum! I've been wanting this kind of soup. It even looks Weight Watcher-friendly if I go easy on the tortillas !

sara jean said...

yummmm...it's fall here and it's perfect for a chilly day! I can't wait to make this:) thanks.

Anonymous said...

Would you put this on the menu when Sue and Gram come for a visit?

Marcy said...

This sounds great! Thanks for sharing! Want to share your recipe for the homemade taco seasoning too?

Marcy said...

I just want you to know that I am making this soup today. :)