Friday, January 14, 2011

Cooking 101 - Chicken Tortilla Soup

My latest attempt at learning to cook is a winner.  Not surprisingly, given the weather, it is another soup recipe that my mom and I experimented with until it hit the sweet spot.  It is super easy and contains ingredients you probably already have around the house.  It has become one of my favorites, even if making a batch means I'll be eating it for days.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 to 1 tsp cumin
2 cups chunky, fruity salsa (mango, peach, pineapple)
1 can white corn
2 cans beans (black, is best, but white or a mix also works)
1 1/2 to 2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded

Optional Toppings
Tortilla chips
Sour cream
Lime juice

Bring broth, cumin, salsa, corn and beans to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Add chicken and heat through.  I prefer throwing it all in the crock-pot and simmering for a few hours.  If you want to make this vegetarian style try vegetable broth and replace the chicken with more beans.

I've been listening to Zac Brown Band pretty steadily since I got my hands on a copy of their latest over the holiday, including while I was whipping up a batch of this soup.  The entire album blew me away, there is a reason I love these guys.
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Brooke said...

Oh, that sounds so good! I might have to give this one a try! Great song too!

The Felix Family said...

Keep these recipes coming!! I LOVE Chicken Tortilla Soup and this recipe seems like one I just might be about to handle. THanks!!

Anonymous said...

We had the Pioneer Woman's Chicken Tortilla Soup last night for dinner. Delicious! But quite different from your recipe. I think I'll jot this one down too.

lisa said...

This sounds so good right now Jamie! It never got above 0 here today! Thank you for sharing, and glad to see you're still cooking!!!
Have a wonderful weekend.


R Montalban said...

Sounds yummy.

Amanda said...

Have been obsessed with soup in our house lately. Over two weeks, I've made three soups (one of them being your tomato soup!) but I can't help it. They're cheap and they are exactly what I want to eat after a long blustery day. I think I now know what one of the meals is going to be next week--hope Chad's not too sick of it :) He will be happy when I tell him that one of my bloggy friends likes Zac Brown Band as much as he! :)

Prairie Girl Studio said...

mmmmm, my mouth is watering ...
sounds yummy delicious!
it is definitely soup season ...
and listening to zac brown
is as warming as sipping
a cup of hot soup ...
a james taylor flavour perhaps ... : )
thanks, jamie!

justine said...

this sounds absolutely delicious, love the song too

Miss Becky said...

oh, oh! My feet are dancing. I recently made Chicken Tortilla soup for the first time and was told it was one of the best things I'd ever cooked. It's delicious, and the thing of it is, initially I was skeptical of how it would taste - chicken? tortilla? soup????
Wow, Zac Brown has a strong voice. And beautiful. I love that - "stuck in colder weather". And you know I love me some acoustic guitar. have a great weekend Jamie.

the runaway romantique said...

Oh this sounds amazing! I must try this, hopefully I'll be able to locate some canned beans here in Paris :/

Have a great weekend!

- the runaway

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maureen said...

Looks yummy, maybe I'll try that next weekend. I'll have to shop for it. Since I never cook anymore, I don't have much of a pantry either.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Love the fruity salsa in it! Sounds really yummy.

Karen said...

CS and ZB, = great combo. What a voice, and a cutie to boot.

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