Soup of the Aztecs

tortilla soup

Soup of the Aztecs

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Soup of the Aztecs

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Travel plays such an important role in our lives. It has the ability to change us for the better. It’s an experiential education that teaches us how to feel, think, act, and react in positive ways. Travel fosters creativity, builds confidence, and teaches us all to be more tolerant. My own kids benefit from travel every time we hit the open road. No amount of money can buy those life lessons.

Travelnitch is inspiring the next generation of explorers. We believe travel is a wonderful way to ignite the imagination and get kids excited about the world. However, we need your help to make this possible. Please spread the word and support our efforts to raise citizens of the world. Let’s go on this adventure together!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

The exact origin of tortilla soup is unknown, but it is also known as sopa Azteca (Soup of the Aztecs) which leads many to believe this dish originated in central or southern Mexico, where the Aztecs originally settled. Traditional tortilla soup is made with chicken broth and a mix of roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, chiles and tortillas, cut into strips and fried.

The slightly spicy broth and crispy tortilla strips makes it a fun and delicious meal for the whole family. Bonus—thanks to this awesome recipe adapted from Averie Cooks, it’s ready in only half an hour!

Tortilla Strips

  • 10 small corn tortillas (cut into 1/4-inch wide strips)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

How to Cook

  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with foil.

  • Spread out the tortilla strips and drizzle with olive oil

  • Evenly sprinkle with kosher salt, toss to coat evenly, and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until crisp and lightly golden brown; set aside.

Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet Vidalia or yellow onion (peeled and diced small (about 1 medium onion))
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper (4 to 5 inches long, diced very small)
  • 4 garlic cloves (peeled and finely minced)
  • 32 ounces 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes and juice
  • one 15-ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (use rotisserie chicken to save time!)
  • 1 1/2 cups corn
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves (finely minced)
  • diced avocado for serving
  • shredded cheese for serving
  • sour cream for serving

How to Cook

  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large stockpot and heat over medium-high heat.

  • Add onion and jalapeno. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften, stirring frequently.

  • Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, continuing to stir.

  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes (with juice), black beans, chicken, corn, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil.

  • Allow mixture to boil for 5-7 minutes. If you prefer more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water.

  • Taste soup and add salt to taste. If you added more water, make adjustments to seasonings (salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, etc.).

  • Add the cilantro and boil 1 for minute.

  • Serve in bowls, topped with tortilla strips, avocado, cheese and/or sour cream.

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