I can feel fall in the air.
For a moment in the morning when we walk, and sometimes for a moment in the evening when the sun is setting just a tad bit earlier than it was.
Okay, who am I kidding, it was 97 yesterday, BUT I can feel a yearning for fall, so.......soup, right?
It's almost soup weather!
I love to make soup.
I spent yesterday afternoon making soup (and pie, but that's a story for another time)
I'm not exactly on a quest to find the perfect Tortilla Soup recipe like Heather, but it's been a lot of fun over the past few years making different ones and seeing what I like best.
My sister-in-law, Meghan gave me this recipe years ago, and I am embarrassed to say that I had never made it before. Silly me. It's so good.
It also filled my house with THE BEST aroma ever!
I always thought I liked a creamy tortilla soup the best, but this clear brothy one (yes, brothy is a word) is so, so good! Because you add sliced jalapenos, there is a hint of chili flavor throughout, but it's not terribly hot. Believe me, I couldn't take it if it were just HOT--there was just a hint of that jalapeno in the broth, and it was Delicious!
It's a simple soup too--only a few ingredients, but put together they are perfect!
This is my 7th different Tortilla Soup (you can see all of them here) and I would have a hard time picking my favorite, but this one is right there on the top!
Hatch chilies are available in the stores right now and the Handyman LOVES to roast his own, so we also roasted up some Hatch chilies and had a chicken taco on the side to go with the soup.
Kind of hard to tell, but there really was some chicken in that tortilla.
The Handyman even grilled his tortillas.
Which is how I like them---with little grill marks.
I am going to link up with Weekend Cooking.
Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts!
And Souper Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen!
Souper Sundays is a weekly blog event that started because of her love of soup and a desire to work through the many soup and soup-like recipes in cookbooks and magazines, Deb set a goal to make a soup or "soupish" dish each week and post it each Sunday and invited others to do the same.
In case you can't read the recipe from that photo:
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
2 (32oz) boxes or cans of low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1 large red onion,chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
2 medium jalapenos, sliced
1 lime juiced
2 cups corn
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
8oz, crumbled feta, queso fresco or sour cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut tortillas into 1/2 inch thick strips and arrange them on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
Bake them 5-10 minutes or until crispy.
In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil, add chicken. Reduce heat to low and cover and simmer for 20 minutes. In a sauté pan, add onions and corn. Sauté till tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, jalapenos, and lime juice. Heat about 5 minutes to blend flavors. Add to broth.
Divide the baked tortilla strips among 4 bowls. Ladle soup and serve with bowls of cilantro leaves, avocado and cheese/sour cream to use as toppings at the table.