This easy and flavorful tortilla soup is one of my favorite dishes. Okay... so almost all foods are my favorite. But seriously, this one is awesome. It's not just for cold weather seasons either - I crave it all the time and enjoy it no matter what the weather may be. When I first told my husband I was making soup for dinner he wasn't too excited. He said he didn't care much for soups. But I made it anyway and told him he'd change his mind once he tried it. I was right. He loved it and since then it has been a regular meal in our home.
Like I said, this soup is so easy to make!
Tortilla Soup - serves 8
Here's what you need:
4 teaspoons of vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped (or 2 small)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 green bell peppers, chopped (I love bell peppers so I add 2 but 1 is fine)
15oz can of sweet whole corn kernels, drained
14.5oz can of diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
5 cups chicken/vegetable broth
4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
salt + pepper
shredded cheese, mexican four cheese blend
*I buy the Fresh Gourmet Tortilla Strips - Santa Fe Style. But if you have tortilla chips on hand you can just crush those and sprinkle on top of soup. Both taste great.
In a pot heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes. Next add the minced garlic and green pepper and stir occasionally for another 2 to 3 minutes. Now add the corn and the diced tomatoes (juice included). Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder, and stir occasionally for 3 more minutes. Add in the broth and the diced potatoes and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 to 20 minutes or until you can easily pierce potatoes with a fork.
Lastly, before serving you'll want to taste and season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Divide into bowls and top with shredded cheese and tortilla strips. It taste great with sliced avocados and chopped green onions as well. If you need meat you can add shredded chicken to the pot before serving.