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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

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"Topped with crispy tortilla strips, this Mexican chicken soup provides a healthy dose of heat with guajillo and ancho chile peppers and fire-roasted corn. Top with sour cream, lime juice, chopped fresh cilantro, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese, if desired."
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Ingredients

1 h 25 m servings 305
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Place guajillo chile peppers, ancho chile pepper, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-low heat until peppers have softened, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat, drain peppers, and set aside to cool.
  2. Combine chicken, garlic, and a generous pinch of salt in a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat until meat is tender and can be easily pulled apart with a fork, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and shred with 2 forks when cool enough to handle. Strain broth into a bowl and set aside to use in the soup.
  3. Combine diced tomatoes and cooled chile peppers in a blender; blend until smooth.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast iron soup pot over medium heat; stir in onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add oregano and paprika; saute until onion starts to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Make a well in the center of the onions and add remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add pureed tomato-chile pepper mixture to the hot oil; it should sizzle. Stir sauce to combine with onions and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add shredded chicken to the pot and stir until completely coated in sauce; simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in reserved chicken broth, corn, and chicken bouillon until combined and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have blended, about 10 minutes, adding additional chicken broth if soup is too thick.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls and top with tortilla strips.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Dried chile peppers can remain fresh for a long time as long as they are stored in a cool, dry place.
  • Chicken breasts can be used instead of chicken thighs, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 305 calories; 16.3 18.3 22.3 70 442 Full nutrition

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