Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup
Today's recipe is easy, yummy, healthy, and perfect for chilly days and nights! It's basically just a simple take on chicken tortilla soup that never has leftovers. I tried to take as many pictures with the aid of my two year old helper. I do cook my own beans once a month, we freeze fresh corn every July, roast and bag chilies in the fall, and can tomatoes every summer so my measurements might be a little off. But like most of the stuff I cook or bake, eye it and make to taste for your preferences. While there are rare exceptions (get ready for some Easter Macarons!) I usually see recipes as the basic idea that I can tweak and make my own and hope you do the same. This recipe is from my mom that I tweaked a bit to work for me. Ingredients
1-2 chicken breasts - about a pound to a pound and a half depending on your preference
2 ears of corn cut from the cob - or a small bag of frozen
1 pint of tomatoes - 1 large can 12-19 oz
1 bag of black beans - 1 large can 19 oz
2-4 tbs of green chilies - you could also use half-1 small can of diced green chilies
1/2 white onion diced
Juice of 1 lime
4 cups liquid - I usually do about 3 cups broth + cup water
1 tbs garlic powder - or a couple fresh cloves, I just didn't have any handy
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbs caldo tomate
1-2 tbs cumin - to taste for you, I'm obsessed with it so I always use more
1 tbs chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 cup cilantro + some for garnish
Cheese, Tortilla strips, Plain Greek Yogurt, or Crema to top
First, cook chicken. You can brown it but I usually boil it for soups to have some water to use and to quickly get it cooked thoroughly. Then I toss it in my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer with some chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin and shred it up!
Then toss the onion and garlic into your pot with about a tablespoon of olive oil and saute until the onion is clear. Add chicken once it reaches that stage.
Then add your corn and let it cook for about 2 minutes. I love the smell of fresh corn!!
Now add your black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, lime, and liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add seasonings and cilantro. Simmer for at least 1-2 hours.
Add garnish of cheese, tortilla strips, cilantro, or cream and enjoy!!