The roots of this recipe rest in the utilization of ingredients that some may say were beyond use. But wasting food is one of my biggest pet peeves. So this Fast Chicken Tortilla Soup was born!
Building a foundation of flavor
I had a package of grape tomatoes that had shriveled up and my family wanted to throw away. As I caught them from going into the trash, I threw the tomatoes, an onion, and a few cloves of garlic in a pot, not knowing what might come out of it and this soup was born.
I found a jalapeno in the fridge that also needed to be utilized and had a couple of cans of chicken stock in the pantry. I stewed down the vegetables and deglazed the pot with the chicken stock. The addition of a few spices and the meat of a rotisserie chicken and dinner was ready to be enjoyed.
Instead of throwing away some tomatoes that were no longer fit for salads, but perfectly ok for eating still I was able to create an entirely new meal in the form of this Chicken Tortilla Soup. Utilizing what you have on hand is a major part of what KendellKreations is all about. Often times I jump into the kitchen, grab whatever is around and being cooking.
If you have an avocado lying around, throw some pieces on top when serving. Almost any cheese goes with tortilla soup, I happened to have some extra queso fresco from another dish around, but mozzarella or even cheddar work equally well. I also love a squeeze of lime, but maybe you have a lemon, cilantro is great, but I had green onions.
Don’t get boxed in by a recipe, use what you have to create something great! Learn to use ingredients that may be past their prime, but that can still be utilized to create a delicious meal. I hope to continue being less wasteful in the future and that recipes like this can help you make use of what you have on hand.
Fast Chicken Tortilla Soup
- 2 T Olive Oil
- 2 C Grape Tomates
- 1 medium Onion diced
- 3-4 cloves Garlic crushed
- 1 Jalapeno seeded and diced
- 3 t Chili Powder
- 2 t Chili Lime Salt
- 1 t Corriander
- 1/2 t White Pepper
- Salt as needed to taste
- 64 oz Chicken Stock
- 4 C Chicken shredded or from a rotisserie chicken
for serving, optional:
- Green Onion
- Lime Wedges
- Queso Fresco
- Cheddar Cheese
- Tortilla Chips
- In a heavy bottom stock pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Stew the tomatoes, onions, and garlic over medium heat until all of the tomatoes have popped open, 5-7 minutes. Give them a squish with the back of your spoon to break them apart. Add the jalapeno and cook 2-3 minutes longer.
- Add the chili powder, chili lime salt, coriander, white pepper, and a pinch of salt. Cook 1 minute to wake up the spices. Deglaze the bottom of the pot with the chicken stock. Bring the soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add in the chicken and simmer about 5 minutes to bring all the flavors together.
- Serve with the optional toppings or enjoy as it stands.
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