My Favorite Friday – Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Yes, I know its Saturday – but I crashed before 8 last night and slept a solid 10 hours.

With football season underway (Go Lakers! 2-0, woohoo!) and Marching Band out for their first performance today, that means one thing – cool fall days are not too far away!  Which means soup weather!  Our family is not soup fans when its hot outside.

This is actually my SILs recipe – but it truly is my very favorite!  Its best made a day or two early, so the flavors can meld.  I have even frozen leftovers and they turned out just yummy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 can diced green chiles
1/4 cup onion, diced (2 TBsp dried minced onion)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp garlic powder, to taste ( or add fresh minced garlic)
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 can Rotel tomatoes & chiles
1 quart tomato juice (or a couple of cans of V-8)
4 cups chicken stock
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 beef bouillon cube
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1/2 – 1 lb. skinless chicken breasts
 
In large pot, cover chicken with water and cook until done – about 15 minutes (reserve 4 cups of stock for soup).  Set aside to cool.  In large pot heat chiles, onions & garlic.  Add all ingredients (except chicken).  Heat to boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer 45 minutes-1 hour.  Meanwhile, shred chicken and add to soup.  Serve with tortilla chips as crackers, garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro or diced avocado.  Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.
 
Chicken Tortilla Soup
I totally stole this pic from betty crocker – but it looks very similar. 🙂  And I like this wooden bowl, too! (wishlist!)
 
If you are a black bean or corn fan in your soups – add ’em!

For a great gift – use dried minced onions, garlic powder, bouillon cubes and create a spice packet of needed ingredients in small ziploc bag.  Attach cooking directions to gift bag containing canned chicken, chicken stock, and remaining ingredients.  I think worcestershire is the only thing not able to include in soup-gift pack.  I would *LOVE* a gift like this!

 
 

 

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