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    The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

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    55 mins

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    40 mins

    LorenLou's Note:

    Tortilla soup as it should me, everyone loves this....and it's from the Houston Jr. League "Stop and Smell the Rosemary".

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    1. 1
      In dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat.
    2. 2
      Add the tortillas, garlic, cilantro and onion, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the tomatoes, bringing to a boil.
    4. 4
      Add cumin, chili powder and bay leaves.
    5. 5
      Add chicken stock and return to a boil.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat.
    7. 7
      Add salt and cayenne and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
    8. 8
      Remove bay leaves and stir in shredded chicken.
    9. 9
      Garnish with Monterrey Jack cheese and avocado, and sour cream and fried tortillas if desired.

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    • on March 31, 2011


      I made this last night for my BF and two of his male friends. It was completely gone. They loved it!! I cooked the chicken according to the "Crock Pot Shredded Chicken in Beer" recipe and let it simmer for another hour or so after I shredded it so it would absorb as much of that flavor as possible. I added diced green and red peppers with the onions, cilantro, and tortillas, and then added a can of whole kernel corn and a can of black beans with the chicken stock. I put it on low and let it simmer uncovered for about an hour and a half, stirring every 15-20 minutes or so. I didn't even have to add the cayenne pepper. The taste was concentrated and spicy and the broth thickened to our liking. I served it with shredded cheese, fried corn tortilla crisps, and sour cream on the side. Will DEFINITELY be making this again. Thank you so much LorenLou!

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    • on March 08, 2011


      Awesome soup! I used 1/4t Chipotle instead of the cayenne (and it was plenty spicy) I also didn't have any corn tortillas, so I used 2 flour ones instead. Next time I'll definitely get use corn tortillas.. And like other reviewers, I added a can of rinsed/drained black beans and a can of corn. I'm glad I did because otherwise there would have been way too much broth for our liking. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • on February 02, 2010


      So easy, so flavorful. This has become a new family favorite. Using a rotisserie chicken makes an easy recipe even easier Who'd a thunk that the corn torillas would basically "melt" into the soup as a thickener. I've made this twice in the past two weeks and plan to take a double bathch to a Super Bowl party.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (367 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 327.6
    Calories from Fat 168
    Total Fat 18.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.0 g
    Cholesterol 7.2 mg
    Sodium 778.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.7 g
    Sugars 8.5 g
    Protein 10.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    cooked chicken breast halves

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