- 1 medium dried ancho pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 cup water
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- 6 corn tortillas (6 inches), halved and cut into 1/4-inch strips
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) whole tomatoes, drained
- 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 large avocado, peeled and diced
- 1 medium lime, sliced and quartered
- In a small bowl, combine the ancho pepper and water; let stand for 20 minutes or until pepper is softened. Drain and discard water; set pepper aside.
- In a large saucepan, heat 1 in. of oil to 350°. Add half of the tortilla strips; cook and stir until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining tortilla strips; set aside.
- Drain saucepan, reserving 2 teaspoons of oil. In reserved oil, cook the onion, garlic and pepper over low heat until onion is golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; add tomatoes. Cover and process until smooth.
- Return mixture to the pan. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until mixture has thickened to the consistency of tomato paste. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Add the cilantro, salt and cayenne if desired. Divide cheese and avocado among six bowls; top with the soup, tortilla strips and lime. Yield: 6 servings.
Reviews for Mexican Tortilla Soup
"Loved this recipe, but adjusted a bit since I'm not a broth/thin soup person. I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned, so saut?ed with the peppers/onion/garlic to get them cooked. After the tomatoes/peppers/onion/garlic were saut?ed, I added 1/4 cup of flour and stirred to make a roux. Then I added all the contents of the saucepan plus half a block of cream cheese to the blender. After blending with the addition of cream cheese, I followed the recipe directions, but added a cup of milk instead of water, a shredded rotisserie chicken, corn, black beans, and cilantro to make it a more filling soup. Really you could add whatever meat and veggies you want to fill it out - I definitely recommend adding the cream cheese and milk though if you like a creamier soup. The roux also thickens, so those three are the main pieces to making it a filling soup. The recipe is a great base to get started with!"
"We loved this. Granted, I was unable to find the chili the recipe called for, so I used a seeded jalapeno. We also added some chicken (pre-cooked and cubed) and used store-bought tortilla chips (I'll admit to a bit of laziness). It was fantastic, though. Much better than the Mexican restaurant we visit!"
"I add rotisserie chicken and black beans. I also use the store bought tortilla strips, found in the crouton section. yum!"
"My husband and I ADORE this recipe. We did make a few minor changes to make it more filling.We marinate 1 chicken breast in about half a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Saute it and then shred it. Put that in your finished soup.And I also added about 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked rice to the finished soup.Also, we have substituted corn tortilla chips instead of making our own.But, totally one of the BEST soups we've ever made!!!!"