Chicken Tortilla Soup with rotisserie chicken, garden veggies, cheese, avocado, homemade tortilla strips, sour cream, lime.
So as I have mentioned, I LOVE soup. I cook it all year round, but it is especially scrumptious in the fall. Just for the record, scrumptious is not a part of my regular vocabulary. Just sounded good. My husband calls me a food snob, and now I think he'll call me a word snob.
Anyway, back to soup. Make a big pot of soup and eat for a few days. Soup is one of those few things that is actually better leftover. I am not sure why, but it just is.
Now, who wants to make this?
6 cups cooked shredded chicken (one whole rotisserie chicken or about 4 large breasts)
10-12 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cloves garlic- finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper- rib and seeds removed and finely diced
2 med. onions- chopped
2 med. bell peppers- chopped
1 cup corn- either fresh corn cut off cob or frozen
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans- drained and rinsed
1-2 packets taco seasoning
salt & pepper
shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Mexican blend)
homemade tortilla strips
In a large soup pot, heat a couple tbsp. oil and sauté garlic & jalapenos for about 1 minute. Quickly add onions & bell peppers, season with salt and pepper, and cook for a few more minutes, until they start to soften. Next, add corn and sauté for about 1 minute, until warmed through.
Next, add tomatoes & black beans.
Then, add chicken stock. Just enough to fill your pot about 3/4 full.
Bring to a simmer, and add taco seasoning, salt and pepper, onion and garlic powder, and cumin to taste.
Once your soup is simmering, add your cooked chicken. Let simmer for a few minutes and reduce to low until ready to serve.
For homemade tortilla strips:
Choose your favorite tortillas (I prefer flour) and cut into 1/4's. Stack and thinly slice into small strips. Fry in batches in about 1 inch oil until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Season while still hot with salt and cumin (optional).
Ladle hot soup into bowl, sprinkle with cheese and avocado. Add a spoonful of sour cream, a squeeze of lime and a healthy handful of homemade tortilla strips and dig in. Feel free to add more toppings as your eating. I mean, less is not always more.