My husband pestered me for several years about making some tortilla soup for him. I’d never had it, so I wasn’t exactly sure what it should look like or taste like, and I wanted it to be as authentic as possible. I found a slow cooker recipe, but I was afraid that it would turn out too watery or just not taste authentic. So I tried it but made a couple small changes. My husband really liked it and said it came in a close second to a good tortilla soup he had in New Mexico. So this one is now a regular for us. You can also make it on the stove (directions below). We like it with chips, guacamole, and a couple Coronas.
[Updated: November 2011.]
- 3 cups ~1 pound/0.5 kilo shredded cooked chicken (instructions below)
- chili powder
- 2 ounces 58 g tomato paste
- 1 15-ounce/340 g can diced tomatoes
- 2 anaheim chilies, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3-4 large tomatoes, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 stems minced cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
- 32 ounces 946 ml chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chipotle pepper, optional but recommended
- shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 avocado, chopped
- cilantro, snipped from the stem
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- crushed tortilla chips
CHICKEN: Roast two large chicken breasts (boneless skinless) sprinkled with chili powder to taste in a 350° F/175° C oven for about 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then shred with a fork.
Throw everything except the garnishes in your slow cooker and let it cook on high for 5-6 hours.
To serve, pile on the garnishes and give it a squeeze of lime.
- 6-quart slow cooker
- 9×13 baking pan or cookie sheet
- aluminum foil
If you prefer to make this on the stove, saute the garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil, then add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least an hour.
You can make this gluten free if you can find a hot pepper sauce that is not vinegar based. We use Rio Grande Hot Sauce, which has no vinegar, and it works great. Also found a vinegar free sauce by Badia called Louisiana Cajun Chili Pepper Hot Sauce.
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