This recipe was taken from food.com and I didn’t alter it a bit. It is fantastic just the way it is!
Chicken Tortilla Soup Ingredients:
1 cup carrot, diced
1 cup celery
1 cup onion, diced
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 fresh diced garlic clove
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon corn oil
4 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes, diced (optional)
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes & chilies, diced
1 (1 1/4-1 1/2 ounce) packet taco seasoning, I use McCormicks
10 (8 inch) corn tortillas (cut into small pieces, about 1-inchx1-inch)
12 ounces chicken meat, poached, diced
1 cup milk or 1 cup sour cream
12 ounces monterey jack cheese or 12 ounces Mexican blend cheese, shredded
corn tortilla chips, broken into small pieces for garnish
Chicken Tortilla Soup Method:
Poach the Chicken by adding it to a deep pan and covering it with water. Add a half of a small sliced onion, 5 garlic cloves, a few pepper corns, and a bay leaf. Bring to boil, then turn heat down and simmer on Medium/low heat for approximately 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees.
Saute carrots, onions, celery in corn oil, garlic, salt and pepper until tender.
Add chicken broth and bring to boil.
Add tomatoes, Rotel, taco seasoning.
Cut Tortillas into small pieces and chop the chicken into cubes and add to broth mixture.
Reduce heat and add 8 oz. cheese. Simmer for additional 10 minutes.
Add milk and simmer for additional 10 minutes.
If thicker soup is desired, add more diced tortillas and let incorporate into soup.
Garnish with shredded cheese and broken tortilla chips.
Substitutions: 1 cup Masa Harina (Masa Flour) for 1 10 ct. package of corn tortillas. Gradually add masa flour mixing into broth, mixing thoroughly into broth. If thicker soup is desired, add more masa flour.
You can also use grilled chicken fajita meat for poached diced chicken.
I added my personal touch by slicing several flour tortillas into strips and frying them and added them to the top of the soup as a garnish at the end instead of broken tortilla’s from a bag!
This soup is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!