Today I’m sharing The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe I’ve ever made. Drop your dinner plans and make it tonight!
I went to a skin clinic to consider having it removed. The doctor told me that 3 simple laser treatments would render my little indentation obsolete. That’s right, for less than $250 a scar-free face! I went home to think about it, and had a mini-revelation.
Scars are a sign of healing and growth. Every scar represents a life lesson.
The pock-mark between my eyes was a valuable lesson to a nine-year-old, to not hold a parakeet so close to your face when you’re sick with the chickenpox!
The marks on my forearm represent an education in keeping my elbows up when I reach into the oven. The crater of my ankle cautions me to wear long pants when walking through thick barbed-wire laden fields. The tiny slash on my finger prompts me to keep my fingers curled back while chopping carrots for something like The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe.
These lessons are all branded on my body, and therefore all branded in my mind.
Thinking about this made me realize, internal scars are the same.
We’ve all been wounded by loved ones, harsh realities, and disappointments. Yet as long as these wounds don’t remain open… As long as we allow them to heal, not fester, we are showing signs of growth. We are becoming stronger. Healthier. We are developing character.
I have scares from people in my past, that act as tokens of how to handle future relationships.
I have scars from being overlooked for promotion; they produced a deeper work ethic.
There are even scars I’ve inflicted on myself that now stand as a memento to hold and protect a healthy self-image. They are all symbols of maturity and therefore utterly priceless.
So I think I’m going to keep it my little pock-mark. I now look at a scar as a thing of beauty.
As for The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe?
It would seem that everyone has their own version of chicken tortilla soup. Some are thick and cheesy. Some thin and watery.
I prefer a thin, but not watery, broth based chicken tortilla soup with lots of veggies and toppings. I developed this recipe years ago and would venture to say it is my most requested recipe, both with personal friends and blog readers. I email this recipe constantly!
So here it is, The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe on A Spicy Perspective, or anywhere else in my opinion. Chunky, perfectly spiced, and so quick to make.
You are going to love this!
It’s a shallow life that doesn’t give a person a few scars. ~Garrison Keillor
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe ever! This fresh and healthy tortilla soup recipe is easy to make and an absolute crowd-pleaser.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 14.5 ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 2 skinless chicken breasts, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
- 1-2 avocados, diced
- Bag of tortilla chips
- In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high. Add onions, 1/3 cup cilantro, and garlic. Sauté 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, all the spices, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil.
- Add the carrots and chicken. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook another 10-12 minutes. Stir in half the cheese and 1 cup crushed tortilla chips.
- Ladle into bowls and top with the remaining cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh avocado, and more tortilla chip pieces.
NOTES: This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken. Just add it in at the very end to warm it up. *To make this a “low carb” recipe, omit the tortilla chips. It’s still awesome!
Yield: 4-6, Serving Size: 1/6th recipe
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 461 Calories
- Total Fat: 29.4g
- Saturated Fat: 9.7g
- Cholesterol: 71mg
- Sodium: 980mg
- Carbohydrates: 23.3g
- Fiber: 5.5g
- Sugar: 4.2g
- Protein: 27g
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