Soup Weather

In my mind, rain = soup weather. Logical, yes? The cool and wet change of weather recently made me crave soup so I went searching through my recipes to see if I could find something new. Last October at my bridal shower (it’s been a year already!), my Mom had each lady bring a soup recipe for a book she created for me. I’ve yet to try many of the recipes, but have the best intentions to try each and every one.

The other night, I dug through that book and found a recipe from our friend Karen for Chicken Tortilla Dump Soup. I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious it was!! My mouth waters even thinking about it…it was that good! I didn’t have everything on the ingredients list, so I did something so out of my character…I improvised. Shocking, I know! I’m known to be the one that sticks to a recipe word for word, measures exactly and no variations. Ever. Well, I’m a-changin’ and rebelling…a true rule breaker! Here is my version of Karen’s Chicken Tortilla Dump Soup:

Terra’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts- cut into strips (or shredded if previously cooked)
  • 1-2 tsp. Onion powder & garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp. Basil, Italian seasonings, etc. (whatever you’d like to season your chicken with)
  • 1 largeish jar of salsa (I pureed this because neither Josh or I like chunky salsa)
  • Water
  • 1 can of pinto beans
  • 1 cup frozen white corn
  • 6-8 corn tortillas (more tortillas = thicker soup)
  • Cheese, sour cream & tortilla chips for garnish
  1. Begin by heating your olive oil in a large soup pot. Add chicken pieces, seasonings and brown until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Add salsa and refill jar with water however many times you need to stretch the soup (I did about 2 Picante jars full).
  3. Simmer for 40ish minutes.
  4. Add pinto beans & corn.
  5. Simmer for 20ish more minutes, then add torn up tortillas.
  6. Stir frequently, breaking down the tortillas. Heat until soup thickens.
  7. Serve a hearty portion and garnish with cheese, sour cream & chips (you could also add avocado, cilantro, tomatoes…the possibilities are endless!)
  8. Enjoy!

This recipe has earned its place in my Hall of Fame. It is simply fantastic. I sure hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Breaking the rules,
Mrs. Edwards

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