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We have soup at least once a week in the winter. I am a big fan of Chicken Tortilla Soup, but all of my recipes turned out soup that was too spicy for my little ones. I often throw together chicken vegetable soups with what we have on hand so I figured I could do the same to get a Chicken Tortilla Soup that was milder, but still full of flavor.
Here's my recipe...
Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
1 can diced tomatoes (I used frozen diced ones from our garden)
1 can black beans (I used frozen cooked beans)
1 C. frozen corn
8 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
For Garnish: cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, tortillas strips*, and a squeeze of a lime if you like
Put broth, chicken, corn, tomatoes, onion, cumin and garlic together in a soup pot. Simmer over low heat until onions are near tender (about 20 min). Add black beans and cook for 10 min. more. Add salt and pepper to taste.
*To make homemade tortilla strips or chips, cut tortillas (flour or corn-we prefer corn) into desired shape. Place on greased cookie sheet. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and/or chili powder. Bake at 400 degrees until crispy.
If you'd like a spicier version, simply add more cumin and throw in a can or two of diced green chilies.