The Very Best Tortilla Soup Recipe
My neighbor gave me this recipe for Tortilla Soup with shredded chicken after she served it at an ice skating party at their house.
Her husband, a pilot, builds a skating ring every year in their backyard with two by fours and a huge sheet of plastic. (there may be many sheets of plastic, I just never asked) He then spends days filling this thing up with water and is out there every night working on the ice to get it smooth. And I thought I spent a lot of time on my hobby.
As soon as I tasted this soup, I had to have the recipe. I made a few changes to the ingredients and rewrote the directions to my style.
Normally, I would say this is an easy to prepare recipe, but I challenged myself today by making it with a cast on my right hand (see above). This is one of those recipes you want to have all the ingredients in place and ready to go before you start (mise en place).
Also, I am giving you a range on the spices. I would start out with the lesser amount and then add more according to how hot you like your foods. I made this with the greater amounts and although I liked the hotness, my wife thought it was a little too spicy.
Update – 5/3/05 – I made this soup for a party and by mistake defrosted chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and it made no difference. I take that back, I think it was better. Not only did it make the recipe more economical, I think the thighs gave it more flavor.