Tex-Mex Tortilla Soup

1
Leslie Speed Dutton

By
@leslieann1968

Tex-Mex Tortilla Soup is one of my family's favorites. This soup is a great go to on a cold winter day. It is also versatile. Depending on how you serve it, you can have three different soups. I hope that you enjoy.

To make this a vegetarian soup, leave out the chicken and substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Soup freezes well. It is even better the next day.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
6-10
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

4 lb
chicken
2 stick
celery, cut in 3" pieces
2 large
carrots, cut in 3" pieces
1 large
onion, quartered
1
bay leaf, fresh
8
inches of cheese cloth
2 Tbsp
olive oil
1 medium
onion, chopped
3 clove
garlic, chopped
1 small
can chopped green chilies
2 pkg
dry ranch dip mix (such as hidden valley)
1 pkg
taco seasoning mix
1 can(s)
chopped tomatoes w/green chilies (such as rotel)
1 medium
jalapeƱo pepper, veins removes, seeded and chopped
1 large
can of ranch style beans or black beans, juice included
1 box
frozen green beans
1 box
frozen corn
1 bunch
cilantro, fresh and chopped
3 c
cheese, shredded (cheddar, monterey jack, pepper jack)
1 pkg
corn tortilla chips
3
avocados, haas, large and cubed
4
limes, cut into wedges
1 tsp
salt and pepper

Step-By-Step

1In a large stock pot, place chicken and cover with cold water. Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
2Cut large onion into quarters. Cut carrots and celery into 3" pieces. Wrap all vegetables, including bay leaf in cheesecloth and tie. Place into pot with chicken. Bring back to a boil. Cook until chicken is cooked all the way through.
3Remove chicken from fresh stock and set aside to cool. Strain fat and vegetables from stock and discard to trash. Reserve the stock for soup.
4In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tbsp Oil. Add chopped onion. Cook until almost translucent. Add chopped garlic and small can of green chilies. Cook about 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.
5In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together one cup stock, taco seasoning and ranch dip mix until there are no lumps. Add to stock.
6Add Rotel style tomatoes and Ranch Style beans, including juice.
Add box of frozen green beans.
7Bring soup to a boil on medium high heat, then turn down to medium low heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Add additional stock if needed.
8While soup is simmering, take all of the chicken meat off of the bones and shred with two forks.
9Add chicken, chopped cilantro and frozen corn. Stir well.
Bring back to a simmer adding stock if needed. Cook additional 5-10 minutes.
10Serving suggestions: Crush up tortilla chips and a hand full of shredded cheese in the bottom of a soup bowl. Pour hot soup over chips and cheese.
Top with fresh avocados and lime wedges.

About Tex-Mex Tortilla Soup

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian