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Last year I tagged along with my husband Colm to a work conference in San Antonio. Our first vacation without the kids in over 14 years! We had a lot of fun exploring San Antonio, strolling along the Riverwalk and visiting historic places like The Alamo. (We stayed at a haunted hotel, The Menger Hotel right across the road from The Alamo. But the only thing that haunted us was the boys basketball tournament participants that were staying in the rooms above ours, lol.) While we were in San Antonio I became obsessed with Tortilla Soup. I ordered it nearly everywhere we ate, along with a margarita! I mean when in Texas, right?!? I couldn't wait to get home and recreate the recipe.

San Antonio Texas

San Antonio Texas

I looked up several recipes in search of the perfect one. The recipe from Ree Drummond, otherwise known as The Pioneer Woman, came highly recommended, but all the recipes were so complicated with tons of prep-work, and I didn't have the time or patience for that.

So I decided to create my own version of Tortilla Soup. It was easy, quick to make and so delicious… everyone liked it. And it goes really well with an Inside Out Grilled cheese made with pepper jack cheese.

30-Minute Tortilla Soup

30-Minute Tortilla Soup
Yield: 8 Cups

30-Minute Tortilla Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

It's even better the 2nd day!

Ingredients

  • 32 ozs low salt chicken broth, or chicken stock*
  • 32 ozs water*
  • 4 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon® All-Natural Reduced Sodium Chicken Base*
  • 2-10 oz can Rotel with liquid (I used the mild kind so my kids would eat it)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked roasted chicken, more or less to taste*
  • 2-15 oz cans black beans, well-drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick's Perfect Pinch Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon La Costena diced chipotle peppers in sauce
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapenos (or to taste)
  • 4 corn tortillas, cut into strips

Garnishes

  • Ripe avocado, sliced
  • Tortilla strips or chips
  • Shredded or crumbled cheese
  • Sour cream

Instructions

Stovetop Directions:

  1. Dump everything EXCEPT garnishes into a large stock pot, cover and cook to a boil for at least 15 minutes.
  2. If you prefer a thicker broth, add 2 TBSP cornstarch to about 1/3 cup cold water, stir until well mixed and then add to boiling soup, repeat as necessary to desired thickness.
  3. When you are ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls, then top with avocado, tortilla strips, shredded or crumbled cheese, and sour cream, if desired.
  4. Enjoy!
Pressure Cooker Directions:
*(replace roasted chicken with cubed, raw chicken breast)
  1. Place 1 quart of broth* in your pressure cooker and add all of the other ingredients except the garnishes. Seal and cook with the vent closed for 25 minutes. (On my older electric pressure cooker I have five settings, Rice, Meat, Veggie, Soup, Stew. Then I can add extra time to each setting. I used the meat setting for 25 minutes.)
  2. Let the pressure release on its own before opening the top.
  3. Transfer soup to a large bowl, tureen, or other container and add the rest of the hot broth.
  4. Using two forks shred the chicken.
  5. When you are ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls, then top with avocado, tortilla strips, shredded or crumbled cheese, and sour cream, if desired.
Slow Cooker Directions:
*(replace roasted chicken with cubed, raw chicken breast)
  1. Place all of the ingredients except the garnishes in your slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 6 hours. Continue from step 4 in the pressure cooker instructions above.

Notes

*I had several people ask why I used both broth AND Chicken base... I find it gives the soup a richer, more robust flavor, since the chicken isn't cooking in the broth for hours like a typical chicken soup. You can substitute 8 cups water and 8 tablespoons of the chicken base or 64 oz of chicken stock, whatever you have on hand.

30-Minute Tortilla Soup