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Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

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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

Optional

Cheese, Tortilla strips, Plain Greek Yogurt, or Crema to top

Method:

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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.

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Then add your corn and let it cook for about 2 minutes. I love the smell of fresh corn!!

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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.

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Add garnish of cheese, tortilla strips, cilantro, or cream and enjoy!!

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Happy Cooking!!

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