Cold Weather Comfort Food: Autumn Tortilla Soup

Andy Anderson !


The Autumn season is upon us, and the temps are beginning to slowly fall; along with the multi-colored leaves. The days are getting shorter, and the evenings longer.

I’m bringing out my big guns (soup and stock pots), and beginning to contemplate all those yummy soups and stews that warm us up on those crisp Autumn evenings.

This is my Autumn/Winter tortilla soup. It has a lot of hardy ingredients, and plenty of spices to keep our tummies warm and satisfied. And as a last trick, it winds up in the broiler. So, it has excellent presentation.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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1 large
dried poblano chili
2 Tbsp
grapeseed oil, plus more for brushing
2 medium
flour tortillas
1/2 large
yellow onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
chili powder
1 Tbsp
ground cumin
ground coriander
1 tsp
paprika, sweet or hot
1 pinch
cayenne pepper, or to taste
3 c
fresh chicken stock, not broth
14 oz
blanched and peeled tomatoes, or equivalent in canned tomatoes
1/4 c
cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish.
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety, or to taste
1 lb
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 large
avocado, diced
1/2 c
pepper jack cheese, freshly grated
1 c
sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
lime wedges, for serving


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2Gather your ingredients

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3Soak the dried poblano in hot water for 20 minutes.

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4Remove the seeds, cut into 1/4-inch strips, and reserve.

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5Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (176c).

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6Cut the flour tortillas into 1/4-inch strips.

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7Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, lightly brush with grapeseed oil, and sprinkle with a touch of sea salt.

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8Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

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9Remove from the baking sheet and reserve.

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10Add the 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil to a soup pot over medium heat.

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11When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, garlic.

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12Sauté until onions soften, about 5 to 7 minutes.

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13Add the dry spices, and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes.

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14Add the diced chicken, and sauté until all the pink is gone, about 4 to 5 minutes.

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15Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, reserved poblano pepper, salt, and chopped cilantro.

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16Bring up to a boil, and then quickly back down to a light simmer.

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17Allow the soup to simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.

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18Chef’s Note: At this time taste for proper seasoning… Is it hot enough?

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19Chef’s Tip: The colder the weather, the more heat I put into the soup.

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20Stir in the diced avocado, and allow the soup to simmer until the avocado is heated through, about 2 minutes.

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21Plate/Present (Serves 3)

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22Place a rack in the upper-middle position, and then set the oven to broil.

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23Add 1/3 of the pepper jack to the bottom of 3 oven-proof bowls.

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24Divide the soup between the three bowls.

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25Add 1/3 of the cheddar to the top of the soup.

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26Place the bowls in the oven, under the broiler.

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27Remove when the cheese is nice and bubbly, about 2 to 5 minutes.

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28Serve with the tortilla strips, and some slices of fresh lime. Enjoy.

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29Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican