Saturday, January 16, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Pin It Now! My favorite chicken tortilla soup ever is at a restaurant at the Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek Colorado.  It is definitly a fancy schmancy super swanky lodge, but oh so worth it!  Mr. Wright took me there for Mother's day a few years back.  I had ordered their tortilla soup and it was creamy, tasty and pure heavenly bliss.  This tortilla soup recipe isn't creamy, but it is SO good! Garnish with some cheese and sour cream and you've got yourself one yummy dinner.  It tastes great leftover and the leftover chicken can be used to make chicken quesdadilla's for dinner the next night.  Enjoy!
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup chunky salsa

  • 8 ounces corn tortilla chips

  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

  • Directions

    1. In a large stock pot get some water boiling (enough to cover chicken breasts).  Throw in 1-2 cloves of garlic and boil until chicken is cooked through, about 10 min. Remove the pot from burner and place  chicken on a plate and shred with two forks.  

    2. Pour the water out of the pot. Return stock pot back to burner over medium heat.  Add olive oil and sautee onion until tender.  Add the garlic and sautee for 15 seconds then add the cumin, chili powder and shredded chicken and mix well. Then add the broth, corn, lemon juice, diced jalapeno and salsa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes.

    3. Break up some tortilla chips into individual bowls and pour soup over chips. Top with the Monterey Jack cheese and a little sour cream.

    Recipe adapted from


    1. This sounds delish! How many will this feed for supper? If I double it could I feed the 5 of us? YUMMY!

    2. It was enough for Shaun and I and then leftovers. For you guys I would definitely double the broth at least. If you want leftovers, ya double the recipe. I LOVE this and highly recommend :)

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