I wait all year for the weather to turn just the slightest bit of cold to bust out my soup pots.
Yes, I said pots…as in plural. What can I say? I love me some soup. My hands down absolute favorite kind??
Chicken Tortilla Soup!
I adore this stuff! I love the cheesy, thick, Americanized stew-like tortilla soup they sell at chain restaurants as well as the clear, spicy broth-like soup you find at little Mexican restaurant hole-in-the-walls.
It’s actually one of the first things that I learned to “cook” in college. My first encounter with this recipe came from an old home & garden magazine I was reading in my dentists’ office titled, “Five-Can Tortilla Soup”.
I figured this was one recipe I could handle since all I had in my cupboard at 21 was cans of food. I tore out the recipe from the magazine & hid it in my pocket thinking that the “dentist police” were for sure watching me & I would be banned from the office without getting my root canal. Guess what? Turns out no one gives a damn about a page of an old magazine when they are about to charge you $200+ to drill holes in your face. Lesson. Learned. Still, I felt like a rebel & took my wrinkled recipe home with me feeling quite content that I got one over on that dental masochist. I actually think I still have that recipe in a box somewhere… I keep it as proof to my children that their mom was once a bad ass ninja recipe thief. After I ended my crime spree, I started working on making what was an OK generic recipe into a delicious concoction of spices, chicken, fresh & canned veggies & fried tortillas. And so here is the fruit of my labor…no law breaking needed.