Snow Days = Soup Days

I was going to post something else, but I figured since yesterday, and this whole weekend, were snow days, with tons of snow, I would make some soup to help take off the chill. Nature Walks – A Snow Day Hot soup on cold snow days is just a perfect match. The soup of the day this time was chicken tortilla soup.

We bought a Costco rotisserie chicken a couple of days ago, and only ate a small portion of it. The leftover chicken was perfect for soup, and I just felt like something a little different today, so I made a chicken tortilla soup that I served with some vegetable quesadillas on the side.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 1 /2-2 lbs cooked chicken, cubed

1 1 /2 cups frozen corn

12 can black beans, drained and rinsed

4 Roma tomatoes, diced medium – I mix and match my tomatoes all the time. I like the different flavors of them

1/2 onion, diced fine

2 TBSP garlic

6-8 cups chicken stock

3-4 roasted Hatch chiles, diced fine

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp marjoram

1 tsp oregano

1-2 tsp chili powder

olive oil

salt & pepper to taste

oil for frying the tortilla strips

fried tortilla strips

cheese, optional

I had a sneaky little helper. She was looking so sweet and innocent, and then I turned my back for a split second, and next thing I know, she had stolen some of the chicken breast before I was able to cut it up.

Start by sauteing the onions, corn and garlic in the olive oil in a big soup pot for about 5-7 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.

Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix together well.

Bring the soup to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking for about 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently.

While the soup is cooking, cut a tortilla into thin strips and fry them in just a little bit of hot oil for a few seconds until they are golden brown and crunchy. Remove from the oil immediately and place them on a paper towel to drain. Add salt if you like. Set aside.

When the soup is done, serve it up and top with cheese if you like, some cilantro and the fried tortilla strips. You can eat it all on its own, or serve it up with something else on the side. This spicy soup will warm you up from the inside out on those cold, chilly, snowy days.

!Desfruitas! Stay safe, stay well and stay warm Everyone. ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

20 thoughts on “Snow Days = Soup Days”

    1. That she did. And she was so fast and quick about it too. I literally turned my back for just a few seconds, and next thing i knew, she had swiped some of the chicken and I was chasing her around the house. She thought it was a fun little game, with a tasty treat as well. 🙂

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