Tortilla Soup

Geoffry Le Cher


Time to get back into the swing of things with a Southwestern traditional dish that is filling, wholesome and downright delicious!

Southwestern cooking and the use of peppers and chilies in my dishes have always given me great joy, both in the preparation as well as the consumption.


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15 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


corn tortillas
1 c
vegetable oil
onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp
oregano, dried
1 tsp
oregano, powdered
1 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
paprika, smoked (spanish)
1 tsp
red pepper flake (more if you like it spicey)
1 Tbsp
cumin, ground
4 c
chicken broth (low sodium)
1 can(s)
(14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 c
silver tequila
tomato, diced
3 c
shredded cooked chicken (from rotisserie chicken)
salt to taste
ripe avocado
1/2 c
queso fresco cheese, crumbled
1/2 c
chopped fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
lime, cut into wedges


1Slice tortilla into ½ inch strips. Lay on cooling rack, exposed to the air overnight in order to dry them out.
2In a shallow sauce pan, heat oil to 350-400 and add strips in batches and fry until golden – 2-3 minutes. Place on paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool.
3In 3-quart pot, take one tablespoon of the hot oil along with the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until translucent.
4Add garlic and poblano pepper and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
5Add dried oregano and powdered oregano, cayenne, paprika, red pepper flake and ground cumin and stir in for 30 seconds.
6Add broth, tomatoes with juice, tequila and bring to low boil, reduce heat to simmer and leave covered and undisturbed for 20 minutes.
7Add chicken, cilantro, fresh tomatoes and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
8Season to taste with salt.
9To serve, pit, peel, and cut the avocado into 1-inch pieces. Divide half of tortilla strips among the individual serving bowls; ladle in soup. Top with avocado and cheese; garnish with remaining tortilla strips and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Healthy