Chicken Tortilla Soup

Here’s a very easy soup that is just a little out of the ordinary. It’s a nice change of pace from chilli with all the great Southwest flavors. I feel the freshly sliced avocado adds a wonderful element and the chipotle peppers gives a nice smoky flavor to the soup.

Ingredients

2 14.5 ounce can tomatoes
1 medium onion, cut up
2 clove garlic
4 tablespoons fresh, chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar
8 cups chicken broth
1 ½ lbs cooked chicken breast shredded
2 or 3 chipotle peppers and a little adobo sauce from the can

Serving additions

shredded Monterey jack cheese
avocados sliced into strips
Tortilla chips
Sour cream

Directions

In blender or food processor combine undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, chipotle pepper and sugar. Cover and blend till nearly smooth. Put mixture into a large pot with chicken broth and chicken. Bring to boiling. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

When serving, in this order, put crunched tortilla chips in a bowl with cheese, avocados, and sour cream. Ladle soup over; serve immediately. See picture below.

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