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
salt & pepper to taste
oil for frying the tortilla strips
fried tortilla strips
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.