Tortilla Soup 78 Recipe

  • 6 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 8 corn tortillas, halved and cut crosswise into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 quarts reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes inch thick puree (28 ounces can) (large can)
  • 1 can Mexican-style corn, drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, plus 3 tablespoon for garnish
  • 1 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 avocado, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound cheddar, cheese, grated
  • lime wedges
In a large heavy pot, heat oil over moderately high heat. Add half the tortilla strips and cook, stirring, until pale golden, about 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining tortillas strips. Set cooked strips aside in warm oven.

Reduce heat to moderately low. Add onion, garlic, and spices; cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, corn, bay leaves, salt, 1/4 cup cilantro and 1/3 of tortilla strips. Bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes; remove bay leaves. Add chicken and bring soup back to simmer. Cook until just done about 5-10 minutes.

To serve, put the remaining tortilla strips in bowls, top with avocado and cheese, and pour in soup. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Serves 10-12.

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