Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This is the best chicken tortilla soup I have ever eaten. I've tried countless versions and this is by far what chicken tortilla soup should be. I experimented with many recipes to come up with this one. Please try and see if you agree.
- 1 whole chicken
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 bunch cilantro, snipped
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic pepper seasoning
- 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel Tomatoes
- 2 (10 ounce) cans chicken broth or 2 (10 ounce) cans homemade chicken broth
- 2 beef broth
- 2 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- monterey jack cheese
- tortilla chips
- In a large pot, boil chicken until done.
- Cool and debone.
- In a skillet, saute onion in oil.
- Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 45 minute.
- to mingle the seasonings.
- Serve with monteray jack cheese and tortilla chips and avocado.
My husband's been pleading with me to make tortilla soup. He says it's the best he's EVER had - couldn't stop making yummy noises every time he had some. He's a very picky eater, so that's saying a lot. I was apprehensive about combining the beef and chicken broths, but there's a very pleasing complexity of flavors, when combined with the other ingredients. I didn't have any onion, so I used about 1/3 cup of dry onion flakes (still browned in oil, as recipe calls for), and it turned out great - one less step and no tears, plus I'm all for having less dishes to wash! It makes a lot, and I thought I would have to freeze some, but it was gone in 2-3 days! I will definitely keep the ingredients in my pantry from now on. Aside from the chicken, everything else can be stored in the pantry until needed, if you use the dried onion flakes. I would imagine that you could probably even use a roasted rotisserie, if you wanted, to make it even easier. I used the broth from boiling the chicken to make a different soup. Great on a cold evening! I served it with reduced fat Mexican blend shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and a dollop of reduced fat sour cream (no avocado). Very filling. Very yummy.
I've been making this soup for years (sorry for the late rating!) It's always a hit and the taste is GREAT. I keep the recipe on my Palm Pilot so when I'm in the mood I've got my shopping list in my hand. Great recipe!!!!
I was going to have the leftovers for the next day's lunch, but there weren't any. Dh REALLY liked this. Didn't and won't change a thing.