Friday, December 30, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is one of those recipes that has been in our family for years.  My Mom began making it years ago and now it is definitely a "family" recipe.  I make it often and my freezer feels empty without a container of it waiting for a cold Saturday.  Yesterday I threw a double batch of it in the crock-pot and had to stop myself from eating it for breakfast this morning!!

Picture by ME.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
(adapted from a cookbook entitled Special Celebrations)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 lb chicken, cooked and diced or shredded
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
*In a large pot, saute onions in oil.  Add chilies, garlic, jalapeno and cumin.
*Stir in the broth, tomato sauce and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.
*Stir in the chicken.  Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.
*Add the lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
*Serve topped with shredded cheddar and crushed tortilla chips.

 *To make this in the crockpot, simply complete the first step and then dump everything in the crockpot.  Set it on low and let it go!

I have made this with and without the lime juice and don't notice much of a difference.  I sometimes add in celery, black beans, etc.  I hope you enjoy this as much as our family does!

-C :)

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