How to make chicken tortilla soup for a cold night in November.
Gather all ingredients.
Grape seed oil
2 Chicken breast halves
Onions from garden. Thanks, Mom.
Taco seasoning, chili powder, cummin
Home canned tomatoes. Store bought works but if you have a mom who grows them by the thousands and has too many, by all means can some and use those. You know, in your ample free time. Hahaha. I had several weekend projects of canning this fall so I have a nicely stocked pantry for this winter.
Home made chicken broth from a roasted or crockpot chicken. If you use store bought here just be aware that you might want to add a flavor packet.
Home canned tomatillo salsa. If I don't have this I usually omit it as I don't really like the store bought stuff that well.
Green chilis from the farmers market, roasted and frozen for such an occasion as this.
Big can of white hominy
Beans, black and pinto one can of each
Cheeses. I like Queso Fresco and Cotija best but regular shredded 4 blend mexi cheese works here too.
Cholulas if you like it hot.
Heat moderately large pot on stove on medium high. Add a drizzle of grape seed oil and Trim and chop chicken and onion and garlic and toss into pot.
Realize you should have opened a bottle of wine and do that now and pour a glass. There that's better. Sauté chicken and onions and garlic till chicken is no longer pink. Drink wine.
Shake some taco seasoning, chili powder and ground cumin onto chicken. However much you like. Stir.
More wine. Then add broth to pot. Admire the rich scent. Ask child to come smell. Laugh at him when he looks at you like you are asking him to stand on his head and sing a song.
Open chips you bought to go with meal that Is forgoten in ingredient list. Eat some with a little tomatillo salsa. Then pour the rest into pot along with tomatoes and chopped green chillis.
Turn heat to med low and take wine over to fire in living room and drink it while soup is simmering. Cold evenings are so much nicer with a fire and wine.
Get up to stir soup and realize the pot you have chosen is not gonna be big enough for all the ingredients you still need to add. Pour another glass of wine. Contemplate which pot is best. Hmmm, must be bigger, yes. Choose bigger pot and pour hot soup from moderately large pot to huge pot only making a small mess. Congratulate self for being so clever as to get larger pot and drink more wine.
Look around at messy kitchen and decide to tidy. This calls for more wine.
Empty dishwasher, load dishwasher, wipe counters, laugh at dog trying to catch crumbs that might fall off counter. Stir soup.
Open cans of beans and hominy and rinse well in mesh thingy for straining, oh, right, strainer. Watch the cool patterns of the thick liquid from the beans and hominy as it runs into the sink. Wonder why you never persuade becoming an artist. Because if you can see beautiful artistic patterns in bean juice you are obviously talented.
Trip over dog on kitchen floor twice, trying to put beans and hominy in pot. Laugh at self. Laugh at dog who is now looking insulted. Drink wine.
Add beans and hominy to pot. Stir.
Sit down and have a drink, you've been working so hard cooking and cleaning, you deserve it.
Let soup Simmer. Stir when wine glass is empty and needs refilled.
Call girlfriend and gab about life. Laugh and drink more wine.
Chop cilantro, put in bowl and place on table.
Crumble cheese, bowl, table.
Set table with bowls napkins spoons etc.
Have a glass of while waiting for husband to get home so we can eat.
Realize you have forgotten to take process pictures. Shrug and drink wine.
Kiss husband at door and laugh at his funny expression and gesture toward empty wine bottle and mess in kitchen.
Eat and enjoy!