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Sopa Azteca

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"After graduating college, I loafed around in Mexico for a few months. I rented a little apartment above the garage of a wonderful Mexican family who took me under their wing. The mother made this very flavorful sopa Azteca with interesting textures. It was my favorite dish of the whole trip. I had to watch her make this soup and literally count out all the ingredients because she made this soup from her heart, not from a recipe."
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1 h 10 m servings 308
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add chile peppers and boil until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer peppers to a dish and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes; reserve chile water. Remove and discard stems and seeds from peppers, keeping a few seeds if you like a spicy soup.
  2. Combine chiles, tomatoes, onion, bouillon, oregano, and thyme in an electric blender; add as much reserved chile water as possible to fill line. Blend until liquefied.
  3. Strain chile mixture into a large pot. Add remaining chile water, adding additional water if necessary. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry tortilla strips in the hot oil under golden brown and crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  5. Distribute soup evenly between serving bowls and garnish with fried tortilla strips, crema, lime wedges, and avocado.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute sour cream for Mexican crema.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 308 calories; 21 30.6 5.1 21 360 Full nutrition

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