Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Chicken Tortilla Soup (courtesy of allrecipes.com, with a few minor changes)

1 pound shredded cooked chicken
1 (15-oz) can whole tomatoes, mashed
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 med. onion, chopped
1 (4-oz) can chopped green chiles
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cups water
1 (14.5-oz) can chicken broth
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10-oz) pkg frozen corn
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
7 corn tortillas
vegetable oil

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with oil. Cut tortillas into strips, then spread on a baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, sprinkle tortilla strips over soup.

Changes I made: my slow cooker was dirty last night (because the last time I used it, I ran out of the Reynolds Slow-Cooker bags - those things are AWESOME!), and I didn't feel like washing it (because my hubby has said he'd do it...), so I poached the chicken, then sauteed the onion, and then poured everything into a big pot. I cooked it on med-hi for a little bit to heat everything up, then turned it down and let it simmer for maybe 1.5-2 hours. I think it would be better in a slow cooker though, because it tasted better for lunch today than last night. I think all the flavors blended together better overnight.
I substituted water for all chicken broth - so I basically just used about 3 cups of chicken broth. I also didn't have any bay leaves, so I just sort of left that out. It turned out great!
Also, for the tortillas - I personally thought 10 minutes was a bit too long. Next time I'll try more like 7 or 8....
I topped the soup with monterey jack and cheddar blend, and I put some sour cream in mine (Mark doesn't like sour cream.)

Soooo good!

And, for your personal visual enjoyment...

Mark, Laguna Beach-style:

Those are my new sunglasses from Gap ($15, wahoo!) that he likes to make fun of. Thanks baby. I love you too :)

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