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Chicken Tortilla Soup


This Saturday was bitingly cold and dreary, and all I could think about was wrapping my hands around a hot bowl of soup. Alan and I also started watching Friday Night Lights (a few of our friends talk about it non-stop), and we got hooked! I was really skeptical that I’d like the show, but it turned out to be engaging and thoroughly heartbreaking–I think I cried, or came really close to it, in every episode. I thought about making this soup again, but after such an emotional show, I decided to make this chicken tortilla soup. It’s bright and spicy and added a much-needed colorful splash to our afternoon.

The spices in the soup were garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. I’ve never cooked with cumin before but when I smelled it, I knew it’d be a new favorite. It smells and tastes amazing.


When the soup was done, I set up a toppings station in the kitchen. It was like having an instant fiesta!

This soup was full of flavor. It’s so easy to make and will definitely be on my short list of favorites. It’s the cold-weather equivalent to a plate of really good tacos.

(Update 10/8/12: Thanks to Yummly for featuring me on their blog! Read the full post here: Simple Soups to Warm You Up This Season.)

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Last modified: January 10, 2019