The World’s Best Chicken Tortilla Soup !!
(and I mean it)
I rarely,rarely,rarely,suggest a recipe for y’all to try. So when I do, it is in your best interest to take me seriously. I am not a huge Soup Nut, nor am I a Mexican. But after making this soup last night, I want to be a Soup Nut and Tijuana……here I come!
Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans and Corn
2T. Vegetable Oil or Grape Seed Oil (depends on how healthy you are)
1 1/2 Medium Onions (yellow)
3 Cups Finely Chopped, Peeled Carrots
1 1/2 Cups Finely Chopped Celery
******** If you are lazy like most, Trader Joe’s sells packaged Mirepoix (already finely chopped onions,carrots,and celery)
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
2 tsp. Cumin
Pinch or two of Cayenne Pepper or three
2 tsp.dried Oregano
5 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
3/4 Cup of Dry White Wine plus a nice big glass for you to drink while cooking
1 – 15 Oz. Can of Black Beans
1 – 14.5 oz. can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (Trader Joe’s)
I Cup Roasted Corn
1 tsp. Tabasco Sauce or two or three
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce ( What is this stuff?)
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 Cups Shredded Chicken ( I like to buy the Roasted Chicken at the store and just pull off the meat)
Now take yourself a big ole pot and heat up that vegetable oil. Sauté the onions for about 5 minutes and throw in the celery, garlic,carrots, cayenne, cumin, and Oregano. Stir and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes until all this stuff is soft. Then add the broth,wine, and beans. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Then add the tomatoes with juice and corn. Pour in the Tabasco and Worcestershire, salt and pepper, and plop in all the Chicken. Soups done.
Now for the absolutely necessary garnish:
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
6 Corn Tortillas (I like the Blue ones)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
2 Ripe Avocados peeled and sliced
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
2 Limes cut into wedges
Now cut up the tortillas into strips and fry with the oil. Serve your soup in your bowls and put a dollop of sour cream in the middle, surrounded by your sliced avocados. Sprinkle some cilantro all over and throw in the fresh tortilla strips. Now sit back, pop open a bottle of Corona and watch your guests wet themselves!
If you are smart you will double this whole thing and freeze half of it. It is a lot of chopping and prepping but I promise it’s worth it.
I am so tired of chopping, I feel like a rubber nosed woodpecker in a petrified forest!
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