The fresh lime and cilantro in this zesty treat remind me of warmer climates—a nice bonus on chilly days here in northern Michigan. I lightened up the original recipe by baking the tortilla strips rather than frying them. —Marianne Morgan, Traverse City, Michigan
A few additions to canned cream of chicken soup provide the comforting flavor found in Carolyn Griffin's mock chicken dumpling soup. "The chunks of chicken are nice and tender," notes the Macon, Georgia cook. "And you can't tell that the dumplings are actually tortilla strips."
Play with this tortilla soup recipe a bit to find ingredients that match your own personal tastes. You can use packaged Mesquite flavored chicken, add more tomatoes and onions, or even get creative with the cheeses. —Jennifer Giles, Des Moines, Iowa