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Chicken Tortilla Soup


Chicken Tortilla Soup




1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed for seasoning

1 teaspoon paprika, sweet or smoked, plus more as needed for seasoning


Black pepper, as needed for seasoning

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 cup chopped white onion, ¼ inch cubes

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons cumin


1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1 tablespoon chopped jalapenos

¼ cup tomato paste


¾ cup chopped red peppers, cut into ¼-inch cubes

1 cup corn kernels, fresh, canned or frozen

1 cup black beans, canned, rinsed and drained

14.5 ounces fire-roasted tomatoes, canned , diced, plus juice

5 cups unsalted chicken broth


1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

1 cup  tortilla strips, sliced ​​corn, ¼ inch thick and 2 inches long

1 tablespoon lime juice

¼ cup cilantro leaves for garnish.


Lightly season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper and paprika. Heat a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and, once hot, cook the chicken on one side until lightly browned on the surface, 6 to 7 minutes.Flip and cook on the other side until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C), about 5 to 6 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a clean plate and once cooled, cut into smaller pieces and set aside. In the same pot, heat over medium heat and add  1 tablespoon  olive oil.

Once the oil is hot, add  the onion and garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add  cumin, coriander, chili powder, and 1 teaspoon paprika and stir continuously  for 30 seconds.Add the chipotle peppers and chopped jalapenos and sauté for 1 minute. Add  tomato paste and sauté for 1 minute. Add peppers and corn and sauté for 1 minute.


Add  black beans, roasted tomatoes, chicken broth, oregano, salt, 1 cup tortilla strips, and shredded chicken and stir.

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until the tortillas are tender, about 15 minutes.Add lemon juice and coriander leaves, taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve  soup with desired toppings.

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