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Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

There are thousands of different soup recipes to choose from, tens of thousands even, and maybe more, but how do you transform an otherwise ordinary soup into something amazing? Which soup is guaranteed to make your palate sing and your belly satisfied with its incredible flavors? The answer is chicken tortilla soup, which really is delicious.

The strong, rich flavor comes from the elegant sauce and broth base, along with garlic, onions and jalapeño. The aromatic cumin increases the flavor even more while the chipotle and tortilla chips really bring it to life, and the Oaxaca cheese, which is optional but well worth using, adds a distinctive Mexican flair. Serve this wonderful chicken tortilla soup garnished with freshly cut cilantro for a lovely contrast between the bold, vibrant flavors and the aromatic, delicate additions to the soup.

The whole family is sure to enjoy the taste of this and once you set this on the dinner table it is sure to capture everyone’s attention as they enjoy the amazing aromas and then reach for their spoons to enjoy this wonderful soup. This dish is firmly rooted in traditional Mexican cuisine. It is spicy and exciting, potent and delicious, offering the smoky chipotle flavor and also the fresh, herby appeal of cilantro. Serve the soup over rice or beans to make it heartier or enjoy it just as it is. This is a well-rounded meal and makes an excellent lunch or dinner. You will find the flavor and textures generous and delicious and certainly want to make this again in the future. Make this soup and enjoy a real south of the border flavor.

A Taste of Mexico Chicken Tortilla Soup
Summary: Rich and flavorful, this Mexican chicken tortilla soup boasts plenty of amazing taste in every spicy, aromatic mouthful. It includes cilantro, chipotle, cumin, chicken, and garlic for maximum appeal.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 6
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  • 1 chicken breast half
  • 1 pack thin tortilla chips
  • 50 ¾ oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 canned chipotle chilies (adjust for more/less spice, as liked)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 4 oz canned black beans, drained (optional)
  • 1 peeled, chopped small sweet potato (optional)
  • 1 cup Oaxaca cheese (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic.
  2. Take 2 of the chipotle peppers out of the can and carefully slice them.
  3. Wash your hands after this procedure.
  4. Place a saucepan on to heat over a high flame.
  5. Add the oil and heat until it reaches a high temperature, and then add the onions, garlic, and cumin.
  6. Fry for 2 minutes then add the chipotles.
  7. Cook for no more than thirty seconds before adding the tomato sauce.
  8. When the tomato sauce begins to boil, add the chicken broth.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Keep this simmering for at least 30 minutes (covered), preferably more.
  11. If you want to add sweet potato and/or black beans, add 15 minutes before the end of cooking.
  12. Remove the pot from the heat.
  13. In the meantime, put the chicken breast in a saucepan two-thirds full of water to simmer.
  14. Keep the heat low because boiling it will make it tough.
  15. Gently simmer the chicken breast for 12 minutes or until it is thoroughly cooked with no pinkness inside.
  16. Drain it and then chop or shred the chicken when it is cool enough to handle.
  17. If you have Oaxaca cheese, shred it well.
  18. You can substitute another cheese if you cannot get Oaxaca, and either shred or grate it.
  19. Plate the dish by pouring the soup mixture over the chicken and chips in 6 bowls.
  20. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and cheese if liked and serve hot.

Photo Description:

Boasting an incredibly array of traditional Mexican flavors, this wonderful tortilla soup boasts pungency and spice, along with cumin, garlic, cilantro, and other aromatic ingredients. You will also find chipotle chilies in there along with a broth and sauce based liquid, to ensure every mouthful is appealing and flavor-packed. The photo gives you a good idea of what the finished soup is going to look like, although you can mix and match the ingredients, perhaps swapping the sweet potato for white potato, or adding a generous handful of cheese on top. Make it your own and delight your family by offering this for dinner tonight.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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