Silky Tortilla Soup

So on our bi-annual family vacation, in which my ENTIRE mother’s side (about 30-35 of us) go to the beach together and stay in one house, every family is in charge of one night of cooking. For the first time ever, the grandkids cooked one night! We hosted a taco night, and I contributed this tortilla soup from Food & Wine!

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes, halved
  • 4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and coarsely chopped **Note– I didn’t think this would be enough, so I added another couple. Bad idea. It was SUPER spicy. Lesson learned–just follow the recipe, haha.
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 6 corn tortillas, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, diced
  • 4 cups shredded chicken, from one 2 ¼-pound rotisserie chicken
  • Crumbled queso fresco, dried chile and cilantro leaves, for garnish
  1. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, 8 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, chipotle chiles and stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are very soft, 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat ¼ inch of canola oil. Add half of the tortilla strips and fry over moderate heat, stirring, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the strips to paper towels. Season with salt. Repeat with the remaining strips.
  3. Carefully ladle half of the soup into a blender and add half of the butter. Puree until smooth. Pour the pureed soup into a large saucepan. Repeat with the remaining soup and butter. Stir in the shredded chicken and gently reheat the soup. Season with salt.
  4. Serve the soup in bowls, garnishing with queso fresco, chile, cilantro and tortilla strips.

Enjoy!

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