5 minutes prep - 25 minutes cooking - ready in 30 minutes!
|Simple, easy and delicious!|
One of my favorite "go-to" recipes is chicken tortilla soup. It's quick and easy to make, I almost always have the ingredients on hand, and it makes my whole house smell delicious. It also reheats really well and the flavor combination - well it just makes my salivary gland kick into overdrive.
Oh, and it cooks in ONE POT, and have I mentioned how easy that makes the clean up?
Now that being said - If you're looking for the world's most authentic chicken tortilla soup recipe, you might have to look elsewhere; but it tastes darn good and that's all that counts in my book!
Meet the cast of characters:
|Chicken, olive oil, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, condensed chicken broth, black beans, green chiles, whole kernel corn, cilantro, avocado and tortilla chips.|
Start by heating a couple tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Chop up your chicken and toss it on in and cook through.
You can flavor the chicken with salt & pepper or whatever seasoning floats your boat but do yourself a favor and season it. Chicken wants to be seasoned, trust me!!
When the chicken is cooked through, transfer into a bowl and add a little more oil to your stockpot, returning it to medium heat.
Chop up an onion and toss it in the mixture. Stir around for a few minutes until onion softens and starts to turn translucent, then add in three or four (or five if you're daring) cloves of garlic.
|Mmmmm..... smells good already!|
Next add in your two main spices for this soup. Cumin & Chili Powder. Don't fear them... they're your friend. The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of each, but I usually double that because I LOVE the flavors.
|The pretty color it makes when all the ingredients mingle together|
Toss those bad boys in and stir them all around!
Next add in your chicken broth (or stock). I use about 2 1/2 cups.
Then for an extra punch of flavor I add in one can of condensed chicken broth without adding the water. Now step away and let this delightful concoction simmer together for about 15 minutes.
Add in 2 cups of whole kernel corn. I use frozen - but fresh or canned works too.
Drain and rinse a can of black beans and dump them on in.
Then dump in a can of green chiles.
You're almost done now!!
Add your chicken back in and simmer everything together for another 10 minutes.
Lastly add in about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of cilantro (I go more because I like it, and it's such a pretty green color). You can add the cilantro earlier in the cooking process but I don't like it to wilt too much so I save it for last.
|Behold the tasty creation... oh how it longs to be ladled into a bowl and devoured. And it shall...yes it shall!|
Now have at it... I like to top mine with avocado and smashed tortilla chips, but you could add cheese, sour cream, green onions... really whatever.
Mmmmm...mmmmm....mmmmmm - go make some now! Your tummy will thank you!