Pastor Tom's Tortilla Soup

"So, I have no idea who Pastor Tom really is...but let me tell you, he can make a MEAN tortilla soup. This recipe was given to me from my mom and it has become a family favorite. I will never make tortilla soup another way. It's got great heat and flavor. You can add leftover shredded chicked as well. A little of the adobo sauce goes a LONG way. Suggestion: remove pepper if storing leftovers, otherwise it gets spicier!"
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  • Blend tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and sugar.
  • Add blended ingredients to a large pot.
  • Add in chicken broth, chipotle pepper and adobe sauce.
  • Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20 minute.
  • In individual soup bowls add: tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream.
  • Ladle hot soup on top and serve immediatley.

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  1. This isn't really Pastor Tom's recipe, but it's close. You can get his original recipe from (search Pastor Tom's tortilla soup when you get to youtube). Or, you can use this recipe which looks like it has been halved and further modified. To get half an original recipe, use about half the tomatoes called for., and add half pound raw chicken breast to the pot; the chicken cooks as you boil it 20 minutes. I have made the original recipe using canned chicken instead of raw chicken. If you blend cilantro and freeze it, you can have all the ingredients on hand to make this at any time. I've made it in a slow cooker and it's great. What a foolproof recipe! I use La Costenya chopped chipotle peppers in a jar. There's not much sauce in the jarred peppers. You might try one heaping t. for this recipe and adjust to taste. The jar keeps well in the fridge. I never add the sugar. it seems odd to me, so I leave it out. I'm happy with the taste. Good luck in the kitchen!
  2. Tom Brown is a minister at the Word of Life Church here in El Paso, TX. We LOVE his tortilla soup. It is wonderful. The original recipe calls for 1/2 tsp sugar, 8 cups of chicken broth, 1 1/2 lbs cooked shredded chicken and 2-3 chipotle peppers w/ adobo sauce. Seems your version was modified to fit someone's tastes! And taste is the key.....this soup, modified or not, will knock your socks off! BTW, I blend my pepper and adobo sauce in the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Yummy!



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