chicken tortilla soup

source: danae original {sorta}

there is this amazing mexican restaurant in raleigh that serves the best chicken tortilla soup i've ever eaten - dos taquitos.  most of their menu offerings are very unique & not at all like the usual mexican restaurant in america.  all my friends that have travelled to mexico say it reminds them of the authentic cuisine of that country.

i made this recipe up based on my memory of the dos taquito soup.  i made a couple of ingredient additions {the cinnamon & honey} inspired by a rachael ray recipe for ancho chicken tortilla soup.

1 can corn, drained & dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 chipotle pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bottle mexican beer {i used modelo negra}
1 can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 tablespoon honey
2 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded {i boil them for 20-30 minutes & let them cool}
2 cups chicken stock
juice of 1 lime
salt & pepper

- corn tortillas, cut into strips & baked till crisp
- oaxaca cheese, cubed {fresh mozzarella can be substituted}
- avocado, diced
- cilantro, finely chopped

1. in a soup pot on high heat, with NO oil, add the corn kernels.  let them char for a few minutes, stirring occasionally if needed.

2. add olive oil, onion, garlic, & pepper.  saute for a few minutes before adding spices, then saute for another 1-2 minutes.

3. add the beer & let cook down for 1-2 minutes.

4. add the tomatoes & honey.  stir to combine.  add the chicken & coat in the sauce.

5. add the chicken stock & lime juice.  salt & pepper to taste.  heat through.  {add more chicken stock or water if you like more liquid.}

{what it looks like in the pot before all the toppings}

serve in bowls with tortilla strips, cheese, avocado, & cilantro added as desired.

the cheese gets all melty & yummy, & the avocado also adds a creaminess that pairs excellently with the crunch of the tortilla strips.  this recipe might be even better than dos taquitos!


Popcorn Served Daily said...

Thanks for stopping by my popcorn and leaving the nice note. I stopped over to your blog and was licking my lips when I saw that tortilla soup. It looks quite de-lish! I saw your next recipe and thought, I have to tell her I have never had eggplant. What does that say about me? What kind of person am I? Some things are better left a mystery.

Take care and stop back by once you get that closet organized.


Vanessa said...

most delicious soup ever!!!! serious casteel cafe followers, TRY THIS!! i made it for a large dinner party and they all thought it was amazing!

Erica said...

I love tortilla soup, and have been on a quest to find the best one (in a restaurant) and a great recipe for it too.
This one has a couple things I have never thought to use in tortilla soup...beer, honey, cinnamon...but it sounds wonderful!