I love soup! I know everyone says it, but in the Winter I am all about soup. I am constantly trying out new recipes for soups. This one was perfect for a family reunion we were having and I needed something easy and light because my Aunt was bringing my grandma’s traditional stuffed cabbage.
This is the perfect dish to throw into a crockpot, or a soup pot (if you don’t have one). I have cilantro in this recipe and my knowledge on this is… you either LOVE IT or you HATE IT! Feel free to omit it if you choose, but you will loose some of the Mexican flavoring if you do. Parsley is a fair substitute. Sprinkle some of my favorite Gluten-free tortilla chips and you are good to go!
Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 Vidalia Onion, diced into squares
2 garlic cloves, diced finely
1 TBS. Chopped fresh cilantro stems
2 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander (these are the seeds from the cilantro plant- a different taste)
1-2 Chipotle peppers (depending on how hot you want it!)
2 cans of black beans, rinsed
1 bag of frozen sweet yellow corn
1- 28oz. can of chopped tomatoes (in chunks, not a sauce)
1 box of chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 rotisserie Chicken- from your favorite market, picked over and added to the pot. Tear off pieces of the chicken and throw into the pot.
1 small can of tomato paste- use 1/2 of can, and add more to thicken as needed
Easy Prep Steps:
Saute 1 vidalia onion, 2 garlic cloves and 1 TBS. Olive Oil and sweat these for about 5-7 minutes. (Sweat= let onions get translucent)
Then add chopped cilantro stems, salt, cumin, & coriander and simmer spices together. About 2 minutes. Add chopped Chipotle Pepper(s).
Those seeds are hot! Be careful to wash hands after handling and don’t rub your face!
Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, and shredded chicken pieces. Add about 1/2 of the tomato paste at this point and stir everything together. Set your crockpot to HI for 4 hours. This will be done in about an hour, but I like it to simmer until I go to eat it. **If you don’t have a crockpot, place in large pot over low heat for about 1 hour. It will be ready to eat in about 45 min.
Add toppings: Tortilla Chips, jalapeño peppers (for a different flavor of heat), cheddar cheese, scallions, red onions, cilantro leaves, or whatever your favorite topping is! This is fantastic meal in a bowl that gets even better the next day!