• Chicken Tortilla Soup

    I love soups!  There is something nice about sitting down for dinner and having a warm bowl of soup. Soups can be delicious, cozy, colorful and flavorful while still being healthy. Pair it with a salad, sandwich or toast. Have it for lunch or dinner. Just make more soup! Like this chicken tortilla soup, which was excellent. I had some chicken, some vegetables and spices on hand so I just had to grab a few other things at the store (you can throw in whatever you like or have). I like soups with lots of veggies, they're hearty and fill you up while not being heavy or containing lots of calories. I used tomatoes, corn, zucchini, onion, red pepper and black beans. The cumin, chili powder and green chiles give it some spice. The toppings contribute to the flavor and texture. The tortilla chips add some crunch, the cheese gets melty and the sour cream gives it a bit of creaminess. And the cilantro just completes it.

    Chicken Tortilla Soup 

    1 tbsp olive oil

    1 zucchini, diced

    1 red bell pepper, diced

    1 yellow onion, diced

    2 garlic cloves, finely diced

    1 small jalapeno (optional)

    1 1/2 cups of corn

    1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes and green chiles

    1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained

    2 cups chicken broth

    2 cups water

    1 1/2 cups of cooked, shredded chicken breasts

    1 tbsp cumin

    1 tbsp chili powder

    salt & pepper

    blue corn tortilla chips

    sour cream

    chopped cilantro

    shredded cheese

    1. Heat olive oil on medium high heat, add onion, zucchini, red pepper and garlic. Sautee 7-10 minutes, until onion becomes translucent. 

    2. Add broth, water and tomatoes with chiles, stir to combine. Bring to simmer. Add corn, black beans and chicken. Add cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. (Remember to taste while making in case you need to adjust the seasonings).

    3. Top with blue corn tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream and cilantro.

    This made good leftovers. Soups are good for cooking on a budget. Make for dinner one night and have lunch or dinner for another day or two. This works well on week nights when I get home later and need something quick and healthy. And with fall coming soon, I can make more soups and enjoy their warmth and coziness!