How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

Introduction: How to Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

A quick, easy recipe for a delicious soup. Great for students, beginning cooks, or anyone with limited time for cooking.

4 qt Pot with lid
Long handled spoon
Can opener
Chef’s Knife
Cutting board

½ sweet onion
2 14oz cans chicken broth
1 12.5oz can diced chicken
1 15oz can black beans
1 4oz can diced green chile
1 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
¼ tsp garlic (powdered)
1 cup corn
Salt to taste
Tortilla chips

Optional add-ins:
Sour cream
Cheddar cheese

Step 1: Chop Onion

Using the cutting board and knife, dice onion into 1/4 inch pieces.
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Step 2: Caramelize Onion in Pot

Set stove to medium-high and begin heating pot.. Add 1 tablespoon oil and wait until it is hot. You can check if the oil is ready by adding one peice of onion. If the onion sizzles, the oil is ready. Add the chopped onion to oil. Stir fequently to avoid burning. Cook until onions become translucent and start to turn golden brown.

Step 3: Drain Chicken Then Drain and Rise Black Beans

Open can of black beans, leaving lid barely attached, like a little hinge. Holding the lid closed with your index finger, tip can upside down over the sink allowing the liquid to drain. After the liquid is mostly drained, open the lid and add water until the can is full. Close the lid and shake gently.  Drain liquid as before. Refill can with water and repeat this process until the poured out water is mostly clear.

Note: Rinsing of beans is optional.

Step 4: Add Broth, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Green Chilies, Cumin and Garlic

This step is pretty simple. Open the cans, pour contents into the pot and stir together.

Add salt to taste.

Step 5: Bring to a Boil, Then Simmer Covered for 20 Minutes

On medium-high heat, the soup should begin to bubble after three or four minutes. Once you see the soup bubbling, turn the heat down to Low. Put the lid on the pot. Set a timer for 20 minutes and wait.

Step 6: Add Corn and Simmer for 5 More Minutes

Frozen corn can be added directly to the soup without thawing. Pour frozen corn into a 1 cup measure and add to soup.

Leave the temperature on Low, replace lid and set timer for 5 minutes.

Step 7: Serve the Soup

Pour soup into bowls. Add crushed corn chips to each bowl. About a handful of chips per bowl should be about right.

You can jazz up the soup by adding some grated cheddar cheese and a spoonful of sour cream to each bowl.


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    9 years ago on Introduction

    This interests me, the ingredients look good apart from the canned? chicken.