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Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup recipes have varying degrees of tomato and spice flavorings. We have "souped up" a basic version to suit our Texas taste buds.

Tortilla soup is perfect as a pre-course side or as a hearty main meal. You'll find as many different recipes are there are rattlesnakes in West Texas. The truth is, you can put just about anything in your tortilla soup, including carrots, celery, and jalapenos.

You can also control the salt content with reduced sodium chicken broth or cubes. Always add a bit of black pepper - that goes for everything you cook!

This is a great make-ahead soup that can simmer for as long as necessary, cool down, and go in the fridge for a quick nuke later on. So, just make up a Texas-sized batch and you'll be set for the next month!

Tortilla Soup

1 chicken breast, grilled and shredded
1 medium onion, diced
1 Bell pepper, diced
½ cup hot sauce (we use our own recipe, which is here)
2 cans stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
4 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Ground pepper to taste
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
Corn tortillas, baked until crisp and cut into strips (can substitute corn chips or tortilla chips)

-Saute the onion and Bell pepper until onions are clear. Set aside (drain on paper towel to remove any excess oils
-In large pot combine all ingredients except cheese and tortillas. Bring to a boil and add onions and Bell peppers. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, but you can let it cook for an hour or more for better flavors.

Press about ¼ cup of the cheese into a bowl. Fill with soup. Add tortilla strips and the remaining cheese.

To add a Tex-Mex touch, include a little lime juice and chopped, fresh cilantro about 5-10 minutes before serving. If you want a cheesier soup, add additional grated Jack during the last 30 minutes of cooking. For a lower-carb version, simply eliminate the chips and exchange the stewed tomatoes for Ro-Tel tomatoes.

This recipe will make about 6 smaller servings. You can eliminate the chicken if the soup is served as a side. It's delicious as a main meal and the serving size is determined by the size of both the soup bowl and the appetite!

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