Tortilla Soup

Don’t ask me why I’m posting a recipe when I’m still not quite over my morning sickness.  I still make icky faces whenever I run across a facebook post of someone’s “amazing dinner,” BUUUUT… today I ate a small piece of steak my husband grilled and survived, so I thought I’d celebrate by posting my favorite recipe for tortilla soup. It’s so easy it’s ridiculous.

In a soup pan, sauté some diced onions and garlic in a little bit of oil (whatever your preference…1/2 an onion or 1/4, doesn’t matter).

Add about half a can of diced tomatoes with green chili

Add chicken broth (just 2 of  your averages size boxes or two of those really large cans…really it’s however much soup you want) and stir.

Add:

-some frozen corn (not canned, it tastes gross in this) or a drained can of hominy (I prefer hominy)

-a drained can of black beans or white beans

-lime juice (about one lime)

-diced cilantro (or however you prefer it)

-diced chicken …Options for preparing chx: drained canned chicken (looks like a can of tuna), grill or boil fresh chx and dice that up, or (what I do most often) buy some rotisserie chicken from the store and dice up what I want from that. There are tons of options.

Stir it all up and wait for it to heat through.

Meanwhile for toppings: Half an avocado for everyone to half at their plate so they can scoop some into their bowl (or dice it all into a bowl), prepare some shredded cheddar or buy a bag of pre-shredded Mexican blend cheese, and toast up some corn tortilla strips.

*I never buy tortilla strips, though you totally can if you want it extra easy. We usually, cut a pile of corn tortillas into strips and fry them in some oil an then set those out into a bowl. It’s just what I’m used to.

*I don’t like spicy food, but if you do, be sure to have handy whatever hot sauce you like best…or add some jalapeños in from the beginning.

Sooooo… soup, tortilla strips, cheese and avocado. I know I didn’t give very specific amounts, and perhaps it’s the Mexican in me that is totally okay with eyeballing it, but honestly, with this recipe it really doesn’t matter too much. It usually comes out tasting about the same…which is AWESOME!

I can’t wait till I want to cook again… I can’t wait for it not to be 300 degrees outside so that I want hot soup 😉 Oops…perhaps you won’t want to eat hot soup either. I didn’t think of that, haha.

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