How to make tortilla soup!

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It's easy to make, yummy, spicy and filling. Great for a hot meal on a cold day. :D

It's also pretty healthy for you because it's made from all fresh ingredients. Yay!
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Step 1: What you'll need!

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  • 2 jalapenos
  • about a pound of tomatoes - 3 medium ones, 7-8 small ones, or a 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes.
  • one onion
  • garlic to taste, I used 5 cloves.
  • chicken stock - 2 to 6 cups.
  • 2-3 chicken breasts or 5-6 tenderloins (skinless, boneless.)
  • cumin, chili powder, coriander
  • 2 limes
  • an avocado (optional)
  • 14 oz. can black beans
  • 2 tbsp. of veggie/canola oil

  • cutting board
  • large saucepan with lid
  • knife
  • stirring utensil

Step 2: Cut the veggies and prep the beans and chicken!

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Roughly chop the onion.
Dice the tomatoes - remember to let the weight of the knife slide right through them - pressing too hard or trying to saw through them won't work!
Mince the garlic.
Cut the tops off the jalapenos and then cut them in half lengthwise and remove most of the membranes and seeds. I left in quite a bit - the more you leave, the spicier it'll be. Cut these to a small dice.

You'll need to wash the beans and then drain them. :)

Depending on what kind of chicken you're using, you'll need to do different things. If you're using frozen, you'll need to rinse the ice off of them. If you're using fresh, trim off any excess fat. Set the chicken aside on paper towels.

Step 3: Cooking the veggies!

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Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable/canola oil to the pan and set in over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for a few minutes, until they begin to soften and turn translucent.

Then, throw in the jalapenos and cook those for a minute or so, and then chuck in the garlic. Stir this around until you really start to smell it, and then dump in the tomatoes and all their juice and the beans.
bamboo423 years ago
This will make a great special tomorrow. If I did not already have a chicken madras on as we speak I would be knocking this together.
Naomi29696 years ago
This was just the best!!! Thank you so much. Unfortunately the limes we get in Canada at this time really are horrible-so next time, I will double the amount!! Love the tang!!
jessyratfink (author)  Naomi29696 years ago
You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it. It is one of my favorite recipes and I think I've mastered it now. :D
Looks awesome, I've always wussed out and used mixes for my tortilla soups! I"ll give it a try since it is so simple! Omnomnom.
awesome pictures!
oh my god! i'm totally drolling right now.
Lemons always make things better.
CameronSS6 years ago

KentsOkay6 years ago
We make it a bit different but... OMG I'M SALIVATING!!!
5 stars!
jessyratfink (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
Thanks sir! :D
No need to call me sir mad'am!
gmjhowe6 years ago
Nice! that acutally looks pretty tasty..

not a fan of vegatables
jessyratfink (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
You should learn to like them because they're delicious! :D I'm posting a couple more instructables soon, maybe the eggplant antipasto one will change your mind.
'You should learn to like them because they're delicious! :D'

My Fiancé is gonna love that comment...

Question: If i add an equal amount of my 'pasto' to your 'anti-pasto' will they cancel each other out?

and its Aubergine.. not eggplant...
jessyratfink (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
Do you often try new things? I taught myself to like onions and tomatoes (again) just recently. Sometimes it just takes tasting things in new ways and not worrying about it. Now I'm working on mushrooms. And I don't think the canceling out bit will work. :P
i do like those ones, they are both ones i enjoy now. i can just manage mushrooms on pizza.
stinkymum6 years ago
making me feel pretty hungry right now!
jessyratfink (author)  stinkymum6 years ago
It has that effect! I was so hungry after smelling it so long I couldn't take very good pictures at the end. :P
=SMART=6 years ago
You just cant beat chicken and beans !!! Good work :P