Saturday, February 26, 2005
But I was very pleased when A Plan Came Together and I was able to use up some of the broken tortillas that were part of the big bag I bought for the enchiladas. I had a bit of a sore throat and fancied some tortilla soup (aka Sopa Azteca, a stalwart of Picante Cocina Mexicana, where I first had this). I usually use stale commercial chips for this, but remembered that I can, indeed, fry up my own chips.
Soup and Sleep are Good Things!
This makes two huge (dinner-size) bowls. There are certainly more authentic ways to make it, but it's my Mexican penicillin.
Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)
Per bowl: 1 large handful of tortilla chips - I fried up 2 corn tortillas for each and 1/2-1 avocado, cut into chunks. The chips can be stale but do not use raw tortillas.
Heat in saucepan:
1 can chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
(you can doctor up regular tomatoes if you don't have the toms-and-chiles)
1 can chicken, or one cooked chicken breast, diced
Arrange tortilla strips and avocado chunks in bowl.
Pour soup over. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime in each bowl. Eat.
Other traditional garnishes are finely chopped raw onions and Mexican oregano. Most "real" sopa azteca has cotijo or similar cheese. I left all of those out.