Spicy Siesta Soup

Posted on: Monday, November 26, 2012

Mexican Tortilla Soup shines in the realm of great chicken soups. It is the ultimate body warming dish with a hot, steaming broth and spicy, zesty accents. The addition of creamy avocado slices, melted cheese, lime, and crispy tortilla strips creates a fun layering of flavors and textures. While featured on many Tex-Mex menus, the simmering bowl can also be easily assembled at home. We were first introduced to the dish while visiting our best friend, Kimmy in college. Spending four years at neighboring schools in snowy Upstate New York, we often experimented with different soup recipes to offset the chill outside. With a big bowl on a brisk Sunday afternoon, you’ll be ready for a siesta.
Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup

1 T EVOO
1 chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 T tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2
jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1 T chili powder
6 c chicken broth
4 c shredded roasted chicken
salt and pepper throughout

1 t Canola oil
4 corn tortillas cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 avocados thinly sliced
grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1/2 c fresh cilantro leaves
2 limes cut into wedges

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat 1 T EVOO over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 3-5 minute, until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add tomato paste, canned diced tomatoes (with liquid),
jalapeños, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook until liquid evaporates, about 2-3 minutes. Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let simmer atop the stove for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.

Meanwhile, toss the tortilla strips with the 1 t canola oil on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes until golden and toasty.

Evenly divide the shredded chicken among 6 bowls. Ladle the broth on top and evenly distribute the avocado, grated cheese, tortilla strips, and cilantro on top. Add two lime wedges on the side. Serves 6.

Have fun with the toppings-we sometimes add corn, black beans, or a spoonful of sour cream. Our version is pretty spicy, so feel free to reduce or increase the seasoning to taste.

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