Monday, January 12, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yahoo... I did it! I have been frustrated for years not being able to find a really good Chicken Tortilla Soup and so I made one up. I LOVE this one! Seriously!

3 chicken breast - boiled and shredded
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomato
1 can (10 oz) tomato w/ green chilies
1 can (7 oz0 Chilies
2 can cream of chicken
2 Tbl mesa flour (optional)
1 handful of tortilla chips
5 C water
4 chicken bullion cubes
1/2 tea pepper
1/2 tea garlic salt
1 1/2 tea cumin
1 Tbl chili powder
1 1/2 Tbl dried onion (or fresh equivalent)
1/4 tea lemon pepper
1 C apple juice
1 can (13 oz) black beans
1 can (11 oz) shoepeg corn
1 lime - juice
pinch of bay leaves
fresh cilantro

Combine the tomatoes, chilies, water, chips, flour and cream of chicken and use an immersion blender to puree the tomato chunks SLIGHTLY. Then add remaining ingredients and let simmer for at least 1 hour. I generally do this in my crock pot and let stew for many hours, the flavors mess and it is wonderful. Garnish with but not limited to; fresh tomatoes, avocados, cheese, olives, green onion, sour cream.

(VARIATION: I used my left over turkey in this and is was wonderful!)

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