Thursday, March 03, 2011

Tried & True Recipe #1: Chicken Tortilla Soup (2 ways!)

We eat this soup at least once every two weeks. It's super easy, super yummy and freezes really well.

I used to make it in my $15 crockpot all the time... but then my $15 crockpot decided to live up to it's cheap price and broke. :(

I actually think this version (the crockpot version) is really tasty:

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 lb. chicken (breasts, thighs, whatever you have in your freezer)
1 can (15 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes
1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chile peppers
1 chopped onion
water
2 cans (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
1 t. cumin
1 t. chili powder
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1-2 bay leaves
1 package frozen corn
chopped cilantro

Throw all this stuff into your slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours. At the 4 hour mark, take out the chicken and shred it with forks. Also, mash up the whole tomatoes too. Then, throw the shredded chicken back in and cook on low for another 2-3 hours. (Add more water if you want it to be more soupy, less if you want it to be more stewy.)


This other version of tortilla soup is REALLY easy. And gooooooood.

Chicken Tortilla Soup (also adapted from allrecipes.com)
1 lb. chicken (breasts, thighs, whatever you have in your freezer)
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 t. minced garlic 
1 chopped onion
Olive oil for cooking
1/4 t. cumin
3 cans (14.5 oz) chicken broth
Frozen corn
1/2 t. chili powder
1 T. lemon juice (or juice from 1 lemon)
Jar of chunky salsa (I use the Trader Joe's kind)

Boil the chicken with the garlic cloves until the chicken is cooked. Then cool the chicken and shred it up with forks. In a soup pot, saute the onion and garlic in a olive oil until the onion is softened. Add everything else, including the chicken, to the onions in the pot and cook for about 20-30 minutes. You can also add drained and rinsed beans to this soup. I also try to add any leftover salsa we have floating in the fridge (are we the only ones who have the random salsa bottles in our fridge?)

Don't forget the sour cream, cilantro, lime wedges, tortilla chips and cheese for toppings!!!

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

Thanks Kathy,
I will try this out this weekend!