It's my favorite season...Tortilla Soup Season! |For what it's worth

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It's my favorite season...Tortilla Soup Season!

A cold front blew in Sunday, dropping temps to the high 50's by lunch.  The grass is covered with yellow leaves and the air smells clean and crisp.  The predicted thunderstorms didn't materialize, instead a light sprinkling of cool water covered the sidewalks and newly fallen leaves.  With the wind and cool air came soup craving.  The first soup day of November calls for my favorite Tortilla Soup.  The recipe I have has been adapted over several years to suit our taste.  IF there is any left over, it gets better as the flavors marry.

 Tortilla Soup

Place in a soup pot over a medium high heat; stir together:

  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 jar salsa (choose your favorite brand)
  • 1 small can green chilies (optional)
  • 1 de-boned deli roasted chicken
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

While the liquid ingredients heat up, carmelize in a Tablespoon of olive oil then add to the liquids:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic

Taste, then add salt and pepper as you like it.
At this point you can add cheese and sour cream to the mixture, but I find the left over soup keeps better for later servings if the final ingredients are added to individual servings.
To serve, ladle soup  in a bowl over a handful or two of crushed tortilla chips. Add a hand full of grated cheese and a big dollop of sour cream.

*if you like black beans, they are great added to this recipe as well as whole kernel corn.
*you can substitute 4 diced, cooked, chicken breast for a whole roasted chicken.
**a bag of frozen onions/bell peppers works pretty well when you don't have fresh.
***minced garlic in a jar is handy when you don't have fresh.
**** I often cut the recipe in half when there are only two of us home.  It works just fine.
Get out the pot, pull your chair in front of the fire and enjoy!

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  1. I love tortilla soup. One of our favorites around here!

  2. Congrats on your first party!!! Hope you will join me for Welcome Home Wednesday at us Wed girls have to stick together!!! Deb

  3. Every time I see tortilla soup I always want to make it. I think you made me want to get on the ball. Looks really yum!! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  4. This sounds so easy and yummy. We are having a snow storm so soup always sounds good. Making t today! Thanks for linking up to our Throwback Thursday party….come by anytime!!! Have a great weekend.


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