Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

You would think tortilla soup would be spicy,  but this one is kinda mild. I don’t mind it that way, but if you need it to have more kick, you could easly add some hot stuff to it. I would describe it as a tomato onion soup with tortillas in it. The best part is the tortilla garnish. I’ve made it so often I don’t use a recipe anymore, but looking at the recipe list here it seems long. (Maybe that’s because I am being lazy about typing it). Anyway, this recipe is actually really easy once you are familiar with it. Hope you like it.

William-Sonoma Tortilla Soup With Chicken and Avocado

  • vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow thinly sliced onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup drained canned plum (Roma) tomatoes (I use a whole can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 skinless, boneless whole chicken breast, shredded
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 dried chili (I always skip this, maybe that’s why mine is mild)
  • avocado pitted peeled and diced (I skip this, too)
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (for garnish)
  • squeeze of lime

In a frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 tbsp of the oil. Add the onion, garlic and 2 tsp of cilantro and saute about 10 minutes. Put all that plus the tomatoes in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Warm another tbsp of oil to the pan and add the tomato mixture and cumin. (Note, when I made this batch I think I got a little happy with the oil. So, if you are one-who-wings-it with recipes, be aware of that less is more with this one). Cook 5 or 6 minutes. Add the chicken stock. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Add the chicken and salt and pepper and cook a few more minutes.

While the soup is cooking, cut the tortillas into strips and cook them for about 3 minutes in a separate pan of warmed oil. (Keep em moving or they won’t cook evenly). Then place them on a paper towel and put a little salt on them. You can crumble them, but I like them in little strips. You can acutally cook them without oil, but of course they aren’t quite as good.

Garnish with the tortillas, cheese, cilantro, avocado and a squeeze of lime.

2 Responses to Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

  1. Jennifer January 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm, I am soo making this one this week! Looks tasty and pretty easy! Love the soup week idea!

  2. Heather January 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Yay! Lemme know how you like it. It’s quite onion-y, so get some Listerine while are picking up the ingredients!

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