Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
This tortilla soup was a soup inspired by a local restaurant … we go there every Wednesday for wine after yoga. Most of us just have wine, but every once in a while someone orders soup, and then someone else inevitably does. Sometimes I do, most of the time I don’t, but often my friends will ask if I want to taste it. They know how I am. Always looking for new tastes, new flavors, new discoveries.
I had never thought to put black beans and corn in a tortilla soup until I tried this one. It had so much more chicken flavor to it, and little bits of beans and corn sprinkled in there. I was determined to make this one.
My version is really not an accurate replica, but still I’m very pleased with it nonetheless. It makes me happy when I eat it, and it’s healthy too, so there are my two basic criteria for food. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 cups leftover bits of chicken meat, skinned & pulled off the bones
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 1 cup sweet corn kernels
- 1/3 cup of your favorite salsa
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
- 1 cup fat free half and half
- Corn tortilla chips
- Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Fresh cilantro, to garnish
- In a saucepan, sautee the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion is tender.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the half & half and cook for 15 - 20 minutes until the soup is hot & bubbly and everything is cooked through. Stir in the half & half. Add salt & pepper to taste.
- Crumble some tortilla chips in the bottom of each of your soup bowls and top with some shredded cheese. Pour the hot soup over and garnish with cilantro.
- Serve immediately. If you have any leftover soup, you can refrigerate the soup (only) in a covered jar in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or stovetop.
Add some chopped jalapenos, green chiles or other hot peppers if you want a little more "heat" in your tortilla soup.
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