After trying several Tortilla Soup recipes, I have finally found the ONE that beats all! This soup was so good, my family devoured it. I am making it for the second time in a month, and this time am going to double it. Also this is the first time I have “made” my own tortilla strips, and they are wonderful! Just as good as the restaurant kind, and they keep well and are crispy for days when kept in a ziplock bag.
What You Need!!!

(10) 6″ corn tortillas – cut into 1/4″ thick strips
1 large. onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – minced
2 Tbs. vegetable oil OR olive oil
15 oz. can tomato puree
4 cups chicken broth
up to 1/2 cup hot sauce – to taste
1/2 med. green bell pepper – seeded, minced, optional
1 Tbs. minced jalapeno pepper – optional
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder – optional
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour mixed with 1/2 cup water
1 lb. boneless, skinless cooked chicken – cubed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sour cream
8 oz. Velveeta

1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro – for garnish, optional

 Make It!!!

-Deep-fry tortilla strips in 350 degree oil OR spray with non-stick cooking spray and bake in a 400 degree oven until crisp; lightly salt if desired; set aside.
-In a large pot over medium-high heat, saute onions and garlic in oil until soft.
-Add the next 10 ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
-Whisk flour/water mixture into soup.
-Bring contents of pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Add chicken to pot and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Add cream, sour cream, and cheese to pot; stir until cheese has melted.
-Pour soup into bowls, pile tortilla strips into a “haystack” shape on top of the soup, garnish with cilantro.

Note: I have thrown in a tub of “El Paso Seasoned Chicken to replace the chopped chicken and hot sauce. It tasted AWESOME and was a time saver!

 

Buon Appetito Always~ Mangia!!!!

 

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