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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tortilla Soup

I LOVE tortilla soup. Any time I used to go to any Mexican restaurant, I'd have to order it. Until I perfected my own recipe, and it is SO much better than any other professional chef ;-)
A GREAT use for leftover fajitas (homemade, or even easier, brought back from a restaurant) is to throw them into this soup. It also really cuts the prep time.

-2-3 cups leftover fajitas


-2 tablespoons cooking oil
-1/2 pound chicken or steak or shrimp (or skip this step for veggie soup)
-1 of each, cut into short strips or cubes: yellow onion, red, green, yellow bell pepper (or buy frozen bell pepper medley)
-1 can corn
-1 can black beans
-leftover mexican rice OR 1/4 cup uncoocked rice
-1 squash, cut into small cubes
-1/2-1 cup mild salsa or picante sauce (fresh tastes awesome, but anything works)
-1 bunch minced cilantro
-4 cloves fresh minced garlic
-2 green onions, white and green parts
-4 cups broth or water
-2 tablespoons taco seasoning

Garnish (optional)
-sour cream
-avocado slices
-shredded cheese
-tortilla chips

To make
-Heat oil in pot, combine optional chicken/steak/shrimp. Cook halfway, then add onions, bell peppers, garlic, squash, rice and green onions until squash and rice are halfway cooked.
-Add salsa, beans, corn, broth and taco seasoning.
-Simmer until rice is cooked. Add cilantro and cook for 5 more minutes.
This all goes MUCH faster if the chicken and veggies are precooked, and the rice is already made.
-Garnish with optional toppings.


  1. I just made this again today, this time I used El Pollo Loco chicken from the night before, along with the sides of rice, beans and salas. I just added the few missing ingredients...EASY!

    My little four year old was rubbing her stomach and saying "deeeeeeeeeelicious" while she at her bowl, lol.

  2. this is one of my fav soups! this recipe is amazing!!

  3. Just made this soup today. It was so flavorful and filling. Mujahid and I really loved it, thanks for the recipe!

  4. this looks super yummy and am eager to try this today. but just a question, you add the rice in the beginning? so it kinda grill it with the veggies/chicken? it doesn't burn?

  5. This soup has made me famous among our friends, they always request it! Thanks for making me feel like a great cook