Ingredients for Chicken Tortilla Soup
For 6-8 servings
4-5 chicken breasts
2-3 tbsps. MzzBev's Mexican seasoning*
Extra virgin olive oil
6 cups water or broth, plus 5 cups water (reserved)
1 tbsp. Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 cups whole corn kernels or 1 can drained
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, drained or 1 can black beans drained
1 tbsp. cooked Hatch chili or jalapeno, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup Orzo pasta
8 corn tortillas
Kosher salt, optional
*Ingredients for MzzBev's Mexican Seasoning
4 tbsps. chili powder
1 tbsp. ground Cumin
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1-2 pinches Cayenne powder (optional)
1 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tsps. fresh ground pepper
1 zip-loc baggie or small jar with lid
In a small bowl, combine all the spices.
PREHEAT OVEN T0 400F degrees
While the soup is simmering, make the tortilla strips
I've been skeptical about Tortilla Soup for many many years. I grew up in a Mexican household and we never ate tortilla soup, unheard of! It did not appeal to me at all when it first came out a decade or so ago. So I never tried it and had no desire to make it. . . . until now.
I am not sure what made me give in but just out of the blue it appealed to me. This was around about two weeks ago and here I am making it again!! I scoured the internet to get an idea of what Tortilla Soup consisted of and this is what I came up with.
I have been making, using MzzBev's Mexican Seasoning for over a decade now but didn't name it until just a few hours ago. It suddenly dawned on me that I really should be making a batch of the seasoning instead of taking out all the spices and using each of them for what I need in a recipe. I use it quite often. Scooping a tablespoon of the seasoning is SO much easier. I can be slow some times, . . . . really slow. Anyways, make your own, try it, fill your home with the lovely aromas of like being in a taqueria (real Mexican restaurant). Plus it's better and cheaper than buying Taco Seasoning. Let me know what you think if you try it.
Hope you're having a great start to the New Year!
Until next time,