Monday, January 28, 2013

Another One-Pot Wonder: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Apparently I have been missing out - for years - on the amazingness of Chicken Tortilla Soup. It wasn't until about 2 years ago that I tried it and now it's one of my favorite soups.
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Of course I have a favorite go-to recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup - this one from Health. The best part is that it is really simple to make, not requiring a ton of prep work or ingredients. Many of them you probably have right now in your fridge and pantry. It's also a great recipe for entertaining - you can get it started ahead of everyone arriving and leave it to simmer as the guests arrive. It easily lends itself to a bar of toppings too - cheese, tortilla chips or cornbread, sour cream, and maybe even avocado slices (more on that below). One other bonus that I love is that it's a one-pot wonder (read about my love for these here and here).
Start with your onion, garlic and green pepper: 
Onion, garlic, green pepper
Stir in your spices, broth and tomatoes - look at that steam:
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Add your chicken - try grilled, shredded chicken. More on that below:
Grilled Chicken
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Add toppings and enjoy:
Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
I have a few recommendations for making this recipe even better:
Grill your chicken ahead of time. This not only makes for easy prep, it adds a nice, smoky flavor. Shred it with two forks instead of dicing it once cooked for a nice look.
Add a little more spice if you desire a little more of a kick. It has good flavor as is, but some people like it hot. If you're one of them, a little hot sauce of your choice can be easily incorporated into the recipe.
Instead of petite diced tomatoes, which we often used to buy for recipes, get regular diced tomatoes. The size makes for nice presentation and balances out well with the size of the chicken, onions, bell pepper etc.
Try serving it with avocado slices. Yes, this may sound a little weird, but the creaminess of the avocado goes perfectly, I promise - I've tested it!
Try it out and let me know what you think. You may find it in your regular rotation!

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