Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I know that I have been flooding my blog lately with soup recipes. I will apologize to you who don't like soup. Sorry. Cold weather flips the soup switch in me and I am just excited to share my repertoire with you! I had intended to make a chicken tortilla soup recipe that has been in my recipe binder for a while now, but when I was reading through it, for some reason it no longer appealed to me. But my mind was set on soup, so I went hunting on the internet for another, more interesting soup recipe. Once I settled on one, I changed it all around!! Go figure. So, Cheers to brisk, wind-blowing, overcast autumn days and a pot of steaming soup!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 tbl. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, ribbed, and diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
5 cups chicken stock
1 cup water
2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
salt and freshly ground black pepper
a dash of ground cayenne pepper, for heat (optional)
3-4 cooked, shredded chicken breasts
8-10 oz corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
handful of chopped cilantro

For garnish:
tortilla chips, crushed

shredded Monterey Jack cheese
sour cream

Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed, 4-qt soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper and saute about 5 minutes, until the vegetables become soft. Stir in the chili powder and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and 1 cup water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover, decrease the heat and simmer about 15 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste and ground cayenne pepper (if using) along with the cooked chicken.   Add corn and black beans to the soup and gently heat until hot. Add cilantro just before serving.

Ladle the soup into bowls.  Top with shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Top with a spoonful of sour cream if desired. Serve.

1 comment:

  1. Bring on the soup recipes Karla! Soups and stews are my favorite things to make during the winter. This one looks fantastic!


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