Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Today my toes are cold. I think it is time to make some soup. This is one of our favorites. It is a bit spicy and really wards off the chill on a cold day! I always make it over the stovetop, but you of course can try the slowcooker method in the directions below!!! Enjoy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can of Beans (black or pinto), drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
7 Corn Tortillas
Garnish: Cilantro, Cheese, Lime, Avocado, Sour Cream...whatever you have in the fridge!

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and beans, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Spray cookie pan with PAM. Cut tortillas into strips, then spread on a baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, sprinkle tortilla strips over soup. Load on the garnishes!

Okay, now eat it. Slurp up the warm goodness of happiness!

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