Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

I actually called this my "I just got home from being out of town and can't eat any more take out, but I'm super tired and don't really want to cook tortilla soup."

This is easy easy and tastes good on a cold night. This is one to make during the week after work that will provide leftovers for a couple more days.

We got home from being out of town and at a hospital for 5 days in a row (everything is a-ok!) and I was so sick of eating out I wanted something that tasted semi-home made, at least.

So here is your easy shopping list:

1 roasted chicken from your grocers deli. The one I had was Rosemary and it worked just great.
1 onion (or half, whatever)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans (feel free to use whatever kind of beans you like)
1 can corn
1 large can diced tomatoes
Some chicken stock or tomato sauce or even puree (that might make for a good consistency)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 small can green chiles (optional if you want a little more spice)

For garnish (optional, but so good):
grated cheddar cheese
sour cream
tortilla chips

The only labor intensive part of this whole thing is the removal of the chicken skin and then taking 2 forks and shredding the chicken. Do this first. Other that its easy.

So start by heating a little vegetable oil in your soup pot, dice up those onions and throw them in. I had a leftover half an onion and that worked just fine but if you love more onion throw in some more.

Once your onions are see through throw in your tomatoes, beans (I would suggest not draining them), corn (I drain this), chiles if you want them, your shredded chicken and the taco seasoning packet.

Give it a stir.

Do you want it to be more liquid-y? Ok then, add a little chicken stock or tomato sauce to get the consistency you want. It will cook down a little so consider that before going crazy with the liquid, you can always add more later.

Let it warm on stove still heated through and you are good to go. Stir occasionally but you don't have to be right on top of it.

I told you it was easy.

I garnished mine with all the goodies and it was quite good and very filling. The leftovers are even better!

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