February 10, 2011

What's for dinner on a cold night?

It is literally FREEZING today in Houston TX, so I decided to spice my dinner menu up with Chicken Tortilla Soup. My family absolutely loves this recipe and I want to share it with you!
Whenever possible I choose low sodium and organic ingredients.


For a smaller recipe just cut all ingredients in half.

2- 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes
5 cups of chicken broth (add less if you like chunky soup)
1 TBS of chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp of oregano
olive oil
large purple onion finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 ½ pounds of chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ tsp cumin (or to taste)
½ tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
½ tsp chili powder (or to taste)
1- 12oz frozen corn
2 cans of rinsed black beans
1- 4oz can of green chilies
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

Garnish with:
fresh chopped cilantro
crushed tortilla chips
sliced avocados
shredded Monterey jack or Mexican blend
chopped green onions
dollop of sour cream

In a large cooking pot add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, 2 TBS chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, and 2 tsp. oregano, begin to simmer. In separate pan sauté garlic and onion with olive oil, then add onion and garlic to the large cooking pot.
With the pan you just used for the onion and garlic, sauté chicken tenders add more olive oil if needed. Sprinkle the remaining chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin over chicken as it cooks completely (no longer pink). When your chicken is done cut into bite size pieces or shred and add to the large cooking pot.
Add rinsed black beans, frozen corn, cilantro, and green chilies to the large cooking pot. Salt and pepper to taste and simmer 5-10 minutes.
Serve soup warm and garnish with tortilla chips, sliced avocados, shredded cheese, green onions, cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream.
This recipe feeds my family of five and provides lunch for tomorrow! For a smaller recipe just cut all ingredients in half.
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  1. Hey hey!! I'm a new follower... found you through your sister who I have come to love chatting with and look forward to getting some fun cooking tips from you!! I'm horrible when it comes to cooking... mainly b/c my son eats the same thing all the time... hotdogs, french fries, fruit and milk... oh and lets not forget the ketchup! Sad, huh? :) Hugs!! Welcome to the blog world!

  2. Thanks for following! Yes, I am new to this whole blogging thing, but I have found it more therapeutic than I thought. When my sister started blogging I thought what would I ever blog about...then while cooking it dawned on me. Since my whole life revolves around cooking right now why not throw out tips for other mothers, we need all the help we can get. I think its good idea so we will see how it turns out! Thanks again and many blessings :)

  3. Looks like an awesome recipe! I have tried it with a mix a few times, and liked it okay. Maybe with fresher ingredients, I'd like it even more.

    Stopping by because of the Winter Warm-Up. Nice to meet you!


  4. Wow, this bowl of soup looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe! i'd love to make it sometime. I am your newest follower! I would appreciate it if you came over to my blog and followed me back. I am currently hosting a giveaway which includes free digital scrap booking software! Come check it out at:

  5. I know this is an older post, but I can't wait to try it when it gets cold outside again.


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