Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup - Sue's Original Clone
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- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
- 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup
- 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's condensed cream of celery soup
- 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's cheddar cheese soup
- 2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
- 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup picante salsa (Pace brand medium hot)
- 1 (4 1/2 ounce) can green chilies (Ortega brand)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon red new mexico chile powder (NOTE -- This is not the same as ordinary red chili powder. It can often be found in specialty foods)
- salt and pepper, to your taste
- 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 4 cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
- 10 flour tortillas
- 1 1⁄2 cups vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 lb colby cheese
- In a large (8-10 quart) stockpot combine and whisk together until smooth all eight cans of soup.
- Add chicken broth. Add tomatoes, salsa, green chiles, onion, garlic, chile powder, salt and pepper. Bring all ingredients to a full boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add cilantro and chicken breast chunks. Simmer another hour.
- While soup is simmering, make your soup toppings: Cut flour tortillas into small thin strips. Heat oil and deep fry tortilla strips until lightly browned. Shred cheese.
- To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese and fried tortilla strips.
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We LOVE this soup and it is soooo easy!! I substituted low fat soups for the originals and low fat Velveeta for the cheese soup. I used chicken bouillon instead of broth and sprayed the tortilla strips with cooking spray and pan fried them lightly. I've never made it the "full fat" way, but my low fat version is wonderful!!
I thought this recipe was GREAT! I can't exactly remember what Max and Erma's tastes like, but either way, this soup was so good! Some things I did differently...<br/><br/>1) Used Picante's hot salsa<br/>2) Left out the cilantro<br/>3) Used regular chili powder<br/>4) Instead of using a can of diced tomatoes and a can of green chilies, I used Rotel's 'mild diced tomatoes with green chilies'<br/>5) I bought pre-made tortilla strips