Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Easy-Peasy Tortilla Soup

We were not a family of soup-eaters.  Maybe because I grew up outside of Houston, where it *tends to be* on the warm side.  My mom made chili, she made stew (which I hated...even though, looking back, I really didn't hate it, I just liked to complain. Yes, I was *that* teenager), but soup?  Not so much.

This is the recipe that turned me into a soup-maker.  It's adapted from a recipe on the back of a can of beans.  In other words, it's fancy. ;) We eat it all year long, but especially when it's a chilly 78-degree fall day in Houston, it's perfect.

You'll need this:
{...and some chicken, or leftover smoked Thanksgiving turkey. Mmm...}

Two notes:
  1. If you like things spicy, sub out the can of diced tomatoes for a second can of Rotel.  
  2. Yes, this soup has a can of beans in it.  It sounds weird, but they thicken the soup and add protein.  Trust me here. 
 
Easy-Peasy Tortilla Soup

32 ounces chicken stock
10 ounce can Rotel
15 ounce can diced tomatoes
15 ounce can refried beans
1 cup frozen corn
2-3 cups cooked, shredded chicken or turkey
pico (optional)

on the side:
tortilla chips (these are mandatory, otherwise, it’s not tortilla soup)
cheddar cheese
cilantro
avocado

In a large stockpot, combine the stock, Rotel, tomatoes and beans.  Heat over medium-high, stirring to break up the beans.  When the soup comes to a simmer, add the corn and cook 5 minutes.  Stir in the chicken and heat through.

Spoon into bowls and top with a spoonful of fresh pico, if desired.  Serve with the sides.

Quick, easy, budget-friendly, delicious.  There.  Are you convinced?

9 comments:

  1. I will be adding and extra Rotel for sure, tortilla soup is my favorite, and my L's are never silent. (tortiLLIa)

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  2. Tortilla soup is one of my very favorites. Pinned for dinner this week!

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  3. I'm not much of a soup or stew person but my husband certainly is. This is one very hearty looking soup! I've never seen avocado used in a soup before. It must add a very nice flavour and texture to it.

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  4. I make this same soup and we love it! Even though I am not a spicy food lover, I use the two cans of Rotel and counteract the heat with a BIG dollop of sour cream:)

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  5. I have to say, we are constantly trying to find a quick weeknight soup and you hit the nail on the head! The beans really make this a game changer of a recipe. I was able to have this simmering in 15 minutes so I could tend to my son. Thank you for posting this!

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  6. I just made this and it was delicious!! It's such a perfect recipe for tortilla soup-easy, quick, delicious, cheap, and spicy (I did the two cans of Rotel option)! I love it and will be making it very often :) thank you bridget!

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  7. I love soups, well living in midwest, USA where 6/12 months are somewhat cold am glad I love soup and this one happens to be one of my favorite, must try your version

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  8. Thanks for the recipe, found it on Pinterest and I am making this over and over again. My family loves it!

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