Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tortilla Soup

We had this for dinner a few days ago, and it was an easy, pretty healthy, and yummy soup.  I decided to make things extra easy on myself and stick it in the crockpot in the morning.  I also increased it a little by adding one extra cup of chicken broth, and one extra chicken breast half.  (But I'll post the recipe the original way).  We enjoyed the homemade corn tortilla strips, and we had cubed avocado and fresh limes as a garnish- yum!  I just used a sprinkle of cayenne pepper; so it's not "spicy" tortilla soup anymore.  :)

Tortilla Soup
adapted from Eating, Etc.
2-4 servings

2T olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup onion, chopped
1 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes
1T ground cumin
1-1/2tsp chili powder
1-2 bay leaves
3 cups chicken stock or broth
sprinkle cayenne pepper
1-2 raw chicken breast(s)
1/4c fresh cilantro, chopped
1T olive oil
4-8 yellow or white corn tortillas, cut into julienne strips
shredded cheese, sour cream, cubed avocados and fresh lime wedges, to garnish, along with tortilla strips

1) In medium saucepan, over medium heat, sauté garlic, and onion, in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.

2) Place the onions and garlic in the crockpot and add the diced tomatoes, raw chicken breasts, cumin, chili powder, bay leaves, chicken stock/broth, salt, & cayenne pepper.  Stir together and cover the crockpot.  Cook on Low for 6-8 hours, or until chicken is tender. 

3) Shred chicken into big chunks using 2 forks.   

4) In a medium skillet, over medium heat, sauté tortilla strips in batches, stirring constantly until slightly crisped. Set aside.

5) Remove bay leaves from soup and stir in fresh cilantro.

6) Serve with the optional garnishes. 
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