Sunday, October 9, 2011

Warm & Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

I love this thick and chunky soup on a cool evening. It warms you right up. Plus if you feel a cold coming on then make the soup extra spicy to help you clear your sinuses. :)

This can also be made in a slow-cooker if you are running low on time.

About 6 servings

Drizzle of olive oil
1 cup pulled chicken (a chance to use up leftover roasted chicken)
1/2 medium onion (diced)
3 cloves of garlic (diced)
1 can diced tomatos
1 can diced green chilies
1 tbsp oregano (preferably mexican oregano)
1 dried ancho chili ripped in half (remove seeds for less heat)
1/2 tbsp paprika or a few splashes of hot sauce (to taste)
1/2 tsp of sea salt and pepper

Add after 1/2 hour of simmering:
1 handful of chopped cilantro
1/4 cup of cooked rice (white or brown rice)
1 can black beans (drained)
2 limes juiced
3 tbsp of sweet corn, canned or fresh (optional)

Heat up a large soup pot with a drizzle of olive oil inside, over medium heat. Saute the diced onions and garlic until golden. Add the can of tomatoes and green chilies. Stir in the herbs and spices, hot sauce and large pieces of dried chili peppers (so you can remove the dried peppers before serving). After allowing the first ingredients to simmer at least half an hour, add the shredded chicken, lime juice, beans, rice, cilantro, and corn. Simmer in the open pot to let thicken for at least another half hour, or until the soup is your preferred consistency. Top with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and cilantro.