Friday, June 22, 2012

Smoky Chicken Tortilla Soup

Y'all know I love me some mexican food, right?  I mean, I am pretty sure I was meant to be Mexican and not Scottish.  The most well known Scottish delicacy is Haggis.  Do you know what Haggis is?  It's basically boiled sheep guts.  SHEEP. GUTS.  No thank you.  I'll pass.  I'll stick to my Mexican food. 

 So, I am slightly obsessed with Taco Bueno's chicken tortilla soup.  It is so stinkin' good.  I've tried several recipes at home, but they never turn out that great...until now.  I actually combined several recipes to make this one. 

Smoky Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 chicken breasts
Chili powder
Olive oil
Onion, small – you’ll only need half
Red bell pepper, diced
Minced Garlic
32 oz. chicken broth
Chipotle Chili in adobo sauce
Rotel, 1 can
 3Tbsp. Tomato paste
Can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 Tbsp. Corn meal

Sprinkle chicken with chili powder, paprika and cumin.  Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil to skillet and brown chicken over medium heat.  Cook about 8-10 minutes per side, just enough to brown and get a slight crust on both sides.

While the chicken is cooking, in a separate large saucepan, add two Tbsp of olive oil and heat on medium low.  Cut your onion into two large slices and put into pan.  Add red bell pepper and garlic.  Cook on low for about 10-15 minutes, until tender. 
In a food processor, put 1 cup of chicken broth, cooked bell pepper, garlic and onion mixture, half of Rotel, tomato paste, small chili pepper (from can) and a large handful of cilantro.  Puree.  

I just used my shake blender.  Add the puree back into the soup.  Add the rest of the Rotel, one whole chipotle pepper and the remainder of the chicken broth. 
Take cooked chicken and let cool.  Shred with a fork and put into soup. 

Add black beans.  Put Corn meal into a small bowl and add enough water to dissolve corn meal – maybe 3 Tbsp of water.  Add to soup mixture.  Simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Add salt to taste.

Serve warm with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or whatever toppings you prefer. 

Yum! Now, try not to eat the entire pot of soup. Good luck with that.

Have a great weekend!



  1. Yum, that looks good. We like Mexican food too.

    I actually tried haggis when we were in Scotland some years ago. We got a small order and all four of us tried it. It wasn't as bad as I expected -- it's mostly oats -- but I wouldn't order it again!

  2. Your soup looks delicious! I also love Mexican food.

  3. I married a Mexican Scot just like you! Aside from scones, he's just not much of a Scottish food lover, but give him some Mexican, and he's good to go.

    Now, I should be ashamed to admit this, but what is Chipotle Chili in adobo sauce? I know. Stupid AND blonde, but what do I look for?

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