Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tortilla Soup

I’m pretty bad about planning things ahead of time (as you probably already know from my black bean soup post :), so I rarely make anything in my slow cooker anymore.  I had found the original version of this recipe featured among some delicious crock pot soup recipes and since it sounded so good I adapted it for cooking on the stove.  It’s so very tasty, I promise, and can be done fast too (because who has the extra time to wait for a soup to be done 😉
Try it, you won’t regret it!

Tortilla Soup
(makes about 8 servings)

2 cans mild Rotel tomatoes and chilies, drained
1 green pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth (I’m a vegetarian, so this is what I use, but feel free to use chicken broth if you like)
1/2 cup water
1 bag frozen corn
1 can black beans
1 can dark red kidney beans
1/2 cup cilantro
tortilla chips

For garnish:
shredded cheese
sour cream
tortilla chips

In a food processor, blend the tomatoes, green pepper and carrots until slightly chunky and salsa-like.
In a separate large pot, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 5 min or until soft.  Add all the spices and cook for 1 minute (easy, peasy!) .
Add vegetable broth, water, tomato mixture, beans and corn. Stir and simmer for 40 minutes.
If you are not a vegetarian, this is a good time to add some shredded chicken.  I suggest first seasoning the chicken breast (with salt, pepper and whatever seasoning and spices you typically like) and then roasting it in some olive oil for about 20 minutes. Cooking it on a rack like this really keeps all the juices in and makes it really flavorful. Remove from the oven, let it cool slightly, shred it and add to your soup.
Add the cilantro and chicken and give it a good stir.
Get all your toppings ready to go (putting the toppings on the soup is my kid’s favorite part! 🙂
Ladle soup into bowls for 5 hungry people anxiously waiting in your kitchen :).  Enjoy!