Michelle’s Tortilla Soup

Dec 23, 2013

Tortilla SoupRecipes for tortilla soup abound. Is there one perfect way to make this yummy stuff? Nope. But, this is my family’s favorite. Freezes great for future cold nights!

2-3 cups diced cooked chicken, turkey or beef (chicken is the most common)
2 dashes olive oil
2 medium onion, chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles (mild if you’re serving my kids)
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes with juice or equivalent amount of fresh diced tomatoes
5 or so cups of meat broth (chicken, turkey, beef, or a combination of a few)
1 can (12 oz) tomato sauce
1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground chili powder
2 cans black beans, drained
8 oz. picante sauce (optional)
Tiny dash of sugar (optional—depends on whether or not the tomatoes need perking up)

Toppings (any or all):  shredded cheddar cheese, diced green onion, cilantro, sour cream, tortilla chips, corn tortillas cut into pieces, diced avocado, hot sauce (not optional if you ask my husband…)

 Directions:  sauté onion, peppers, garlic in oil over medium/high heat. Add meat after the onions turn translucent (about 5-10 minutes). Mix this and add to soup pot with all the other delicious ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low heat for about an hour. This soup—like many—tastes better if you make it a day ahead of time so the flavors have some time to get to know one another.  “How do you do? I’m delicious.” “What a coincidence. So am I!”

Unsolicited Comments:  Chicken is the most common meat used in tortilla soup, but my family’s tradition is actually to use leftover post-Thanksgiving turkey. This is a great meal the day after all that heavy Thanksgiving-type food. Beef-based tortilla soup is also a delicious alternative to the original.

We also often enjoy this for Christmas Eve dinner. After a month of sweets and parties, it’s a hearty-but-not-heavy meal worthy of a beautiful celebration!

Michelle can be found at her blog Kickin’ It in the Kitchen. Besides recipes and a good sense of humor, she offers workshops on meal planning, as well as ones titled “Welcome to the Table, Little One,” “Thinking Outside of the Lunch Box,” “Homemade Baby Food,” and the tantalizing “Scrounge.”

THE-Michelle-photo-300x200Try Michell’s other recipes:
Citrus Roasted Chicken
Greek Avgolemeno Soup
Chicken Fajitas
Garbanzo-Bulgar Wheat-Lemon-Herb Salad
Piña Colada Pancakes
Homemade Bruschetta
Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp



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