Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Down here in South it finally feels like Fall. I've been waiting for it and the weather here after a blistering summer has become cooler. This makes it the perfect time of year for making soup. This recipe is one of my favorites because of its ease and tastiness. It's also reasonably healthy which makes it even more of a plus. 

Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
 3-16  oz chicken broth boxes 
1 (10-ounce) can Mexicorn (corn and bell peppers), drained and rinsed
1 (14-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (-ounce) can green chiles, drained (the smallest can possible I can't recall how big but the can is tiny)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or sliced ( If you have a carnivorous husband use 3)
2 teaspoons fajita seasoning blend or to taste
2 tablespoons ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnishes, see below
In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add celery, carrot, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until veggies begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, and stir. Flour will form a paste; allow paste to cook for at least 2 minutes. Gradually add chicken broth, whisking. Heat the mixture until it begins to simmer and thicken, approximately 7-8 minutes.
Note: At this point, you have the base for pretty much any chicken soup you want to make! Add mexicorn, beans, green chiles, and garlic. Mix and return to a simmer. Add cooked chicken and spices, seasoning the soup to taste. Simmer over low heat, covered, for 20-30 minutes.

After flavors have had time to meld, the soup is ready to eat.
Garnish Ideas:
Shredded cheese
Chopped fresh cilantro
Fat free sour cream
Sliced avacado
Corn tortilla chips
Your favorite cornbread

Serve with your favorite garnishes and enjoy!

** disclaimer I don't really use recipes so if something seems a miss and you want to add more go for it. I never really make anything the same way twice.**

~So I've been stewing on my portion sizes all day so I came home and made it. I changed a few things around since this morning. I was to gung ho about posting I guess. Maybe I should also look into writing recipes down. ~


  1. Yum, yum, yummy. Jim likes to have soup once a week, so this is perfect.

  2. This sounds perfect to make for lunches next week.

  3. Ooh, I've never had tortilla soup before!