Monday, February 27, 2012

The Promise Of Spring (Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup)

There have been signs of Spring popping up in the yard these past few weeks; a single green leaf emerging through its bud on my pear tree, Gerber Daisies so delicate and happy to greet me in the mornings, weeds dandelions blowing gently in the wind, and the fragrance of the mountain laurel perfumes the air on the walk into work.  I can see Mother Nature making a promise for springtime in the next few weeks.
On the way to Baking Tot's speech therapy sessions, we pass through quite a bit of farm land.  On days we are running early, I find myself pulling over and getting out to visit the cows.  I've noticed that the pastures have become greener each time I pass through.  The cows seem happy for the promise too.
And then we have the grackles.  The noisy, boisterous, bully of a bird swooping in and eating all of my bird feed.  Baking Tot doesn't seem to mind the grackles, refusing to chase them off after I've asked him.  I find them to be a nuisance.  But nonetheless, with their arrival, I know the promise is being kept.
Other than Springtime peeking through the soil this time of year, it is time for Soup-A-Palooza.  I participated in it last year and was so happy to read that it is now a blogging tradition.  If you need any recipes for soup you should visit the blog party, there were so many great ideas last year.  So "come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine & Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset." I am sharing this Chicken Tortilla Soup and my Summer Corn Chowder recipe!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
serves 8

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
4 cups Chile-Lime Chicken Broth
1 ancho chile pepper
1 can diced tomatoes
salt and pepper
3 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded
8 oz. frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Sliced tortilla strips

Garnishes:  cilantro, sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, jalapeno
  1. Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic in olive oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, ancho chili powder and cumin, saute for 1 minute
  3. Add chicken broth, one cup of water, and ancho chile pepper, bring to a boil at medium heat, lower to a simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes or until chile pepper is soft.
  4. Remove ancho chile pepper from pot and pull off the stem, remove seeds (if desired) and chop.  Return back to the pot, add tomatoes and puree mixture with an immersion blender (or puree mixture in a food processor).
  5. Season with salt and pepper and add shredded chicken, bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Add corn and black beans and cook for 5 minutes.  Adjust seasonings.
  7. Place tortilla strips in your serving bowls and ladle soup into bowls.  Add garnishes.


Mama Pea said...

We are a long way from spring here. Just had a big snowstorm. Sigh. Soup looks really good. Thanks again. I wish you cooked for me. :-)

Carole said...

Looks nice. I did an asparagus soup recently

Maris said...

I've never made chicken tortilla soup but I don't know why - it looks so delicious!