I'm in love with this soup!! A very good friend of mine made this for me recently and I fell in love. I'm very picky about my Tortilla Soup and this by far the best ever. She makes hers in the crock pot and I have to agree, that it's easy and tastes just wonderful!! Whatever you do, DO NOT skip the garnishes! They are the icing on the cake! UPDATE April 2010: Obviously I've made this so many times I never even look at the recipe anymore! But I wanted to add some variations that I play around with that are great. Like many reviewers black beans and corn are great additions. Sometimes I add them to the leftovers (if there are any :-) so that is feels like something new the next day! I have also made it several times with shredded pork which turns it into a pork carnitas type of soup. If you like it on the spicy and smoke side buy a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and mince up one or two and add it. And lastly, a little swizzle of half and half or heavy cream just minutes before serving makes it a creamy tortilla soup that is wonderful and it is also a good way to tone down the heat if it got away from you...
This recipe has been a huge hit with everyone who has ever tried it. We make it almost weekly, and the leftovers are eaten immediately. It is also very healthy! It is a little spicy, so if you don't have too much of a tolerance for spicy foods, you may choose to leave out the seeds of the jalapeño. If you love spicy, like we do, extra cayenne pepper adds even more zing. Enjoy!
Taken from Grandma's Kitchen, posted for safekeeping. To make this a more filling meal, serve with fresh homemade bread. For an interesting twist, cut the tops off of small, round loaves of bread, and remove the inside. Serve soup inside "bread bowl."
I got this recipe from my cousin who made it for our Christmas party this year. I don't usually like soups with rice in them but I could not believe how good this was! Don't forget the almonds, it's not the same without em! Note: The wild rice takes about 45 minutes to cook.
Number of servings is approximate! This is my family's favorite soup. The recipe makes ALOT of soup...so I like to prepare and freeze it for busy nights when I don't really have alot of time to cook. If I'm making this to freeze, I omit the potatoes and add them later. My family loves this with thick slices of plain or cracklin cornbread! Enjoy!