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)
- 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
- Begin by heating your olive oil in a large soup pot. Add chicken pieces, seasonings and brown until chicken is no longer pink.
- Add salsa and refill jar with water however many times you need to stretch the soup (I did about 2 Picante jars full).
- Simmer for 40ish minutes.
- Add pinto beans & corn.
- Simmer for 20ish more minutes, then add torn up tortillas.
- Stir frequently, breaking down the tortillas. Heat until soup thickens.
- Serve a hearty portion and garnish with cheese, sour cream & chips (you could also add avocado, cilantro, tomatoes…the possibilities are endless!)
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,