Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Kelly sent this great recipe for a chilly autumn evening or football party!
It makes a big batch, so have some containers on hand and you can freeze individual portions to enjoy anytime. (Even for breakfast, right, Kelly? haha) Or share it with people who rarely have time to cook. Help out other widows by sending in your favorite single-living recipes to: wcplace@gmail.com

If you don't go for spicy, start out with one pkg of taco seasoning and plain tomatoes instead of the Rotel. On the other hand, you might want to add hot sauce to it like Kelly's brother does. For me, it had a kick to it, but that was a wonderful contrast to the melty cheese, dab of sour cream, and crumbled Tostitos I adorned the top of it with. Thanks to Kelly for the recipe, and Enjoy!  ferree

1 whole rotisserie or oven-roasted chicken*
1 onion, chopped
2 packages taco mix (regular or chicken)
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 bag frozen whole kernel corn
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans (optional)
1 (15 oz) can black beans
2 (10 oz) cans Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles
2 – 3 cups chicken stock or broth

Put a little olive oil in a saute pan on high heat.
Add chopped onion, immediately lower heat to medium. Saute onion, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
While onion is sautéing, remove all meat from roast chicken, dice and set aside.
In a small (6-8 qt) stock pot, add all canned ingredients – undrained. Stir in chicken broth, ranch and taco mixes. Add onion and diced chicken. Add a cup of water if you'd like it soupier.
Simmer for 2 hours. Makes 3 quarts. Serve with shredded Mexican or Cheddar cheeses, tortilla chips, sour cream and chopped cilantro – guests can top their soup to their liking.

*You can cook your own, or buy one already cooked at the grocery store. Just remember not to get any flavored ones – I accidentally bought the lemon something or other and it was NASTY in this recipe. I usually look for “homestyle” or “savory”.

You can adjust the spice heat in this simply by getting different taco seasonings. The chicken taco seasoning tends to be a bit more spicy, in my opinion. (Kelly)

3 comments:

  1. this looks yummy. thanks for sharing, Ferree! (this is Kylee, btw, in case you're wondering... my google acct is ky but i don't think anyone at HC calls me that too often. just my fam!)

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  2. Kylee! Good to hear from you! This is such a great recipe, and so EASY. Chop and saute the onions, the rest is just add the chicken and open the cans. I'm so glad Kelly shared it with me. I know you'll love it, too.

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  3. Now I'm hungry for it! I guess it's time for a batch at my house! I hope everyone loves it as much as I do... and yes, it's great for breakfast!

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