Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is my favorite homemade soup. I think there have been days that I've eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, I know... call me weird. Every time I make it I make it a bit different. Sometimes I make it with no chicken, so it's a Vegetable Tortilla Soup, sometimes I combine the two and add a ton of veggies, with chicken. Sometimes I throw in some rice, other times I leave out the rice. This version is just a simplified Chicken version without too many bells and whistles.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Some of the pantry ingredients: Green Chili Peppers, Chicken Broth (or stock), tomato sauce and a can of black beans.

Other ingredients:

2 chicken breasts chopped into bite size pieces.

3 cloves of garlic (pictured above) 1 onion, diced, 1 bell pepper, diced & 1 cup frozen corn (not pictured)

About a tbsp of Ancho Chili in Adobo Sauce. It comes in a can. I empty the can into a freezer safe ziplock bag and freeze it. That way I can chip off just the amount I need. This stuff is spicy!

In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic and bell pepper in 1 tbsp of oil on high heat until it starts to brown around the edges.

Add salt (about a tablespoon of kosher)

And seasonings... I use cumin and oregano. About 2-3 tsp of ground cumin and about 1/2 tbsp of dried oregano.

Add frozen corn (about 1 cup) and black beans. I usually don't drain them.

Add tomato sauce and about 4 cups of chicken broth. Simmer on low for 30-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Do not boil or chicken will get tough.

Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, avocado and sour cream if you like.


  1. My in-laws were in town so I made this recipe (doubled it) and we all loved it. Even the kids liked it, especially Madison. My only suggestion would be to list the ingredients and amount needed at the top like you usually do. Makes it easier to follow.

    How much green chili peppers are you supposed to use? We did a few tablespoons but I wasn't sure if I was supposed to use the whole can or not.

  2. Oops sorry! I use the whole can because the green chilies are so mild, but it really is flexible. I'll go back and edit and list the ingredients at the top, thanks for the suggestion! Glad it turned out well!


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