There's something about having a bowl of soup during the winter that just feels right. You can warm your hands with a toasty bowl as fragrant smells fill the kitchen and nutritious combinations of vegetables and broth fill your belly. Making it homemade just tastes better, and there are so many seasonal dishes to choose from.
A traditional Mexican dish, chicken tortilla soup offers all the flavors of Mexican cooking in one hearty and filling meal. Think roasted tomatoes, chiles, fried tortillas, and just a little sprinkle of cheese on top. In addition to classic combinations, you can substitute chicken for black beans or turkey. Bring out the big pot, and make one of these chicken tortilla soup recipes tonight.
The Recipe: Poblano Corn Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe calls for fresh tomatillos instead of traditional tomatoes. Tomatillos are a Mexican husk tomato and the flavor they add this dish makes all the difference.
The Pro Tip: "This is naturally gluten-free and loaded with protein and veggies. So going back for seconds is totally the right thing to do," writes Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
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The Recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Just one poblano pepper is all you need to give this dish the spicy kick you'd expect of any tortilla soup. It wouldn't be the same without it.
The Pro Tip: "I like to mix it up, garnishing with avocado, radishes, scallions, and, of course, lots and lots of crisp tortilla strips," Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind writes.
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The Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: Hatch chiles give this recipe the perfect amount of spice. They'll create a less intense flavor than jalapenos, but you can swap them out for poblano peppers if you don't have access to other varieties.
The Pro Tip: "If you are gluten-free, there are several delicious gluten-free tortilla chips out there, and if you are eating the Paleo diet, skip chips, as they won't be missed. Just add a bit more avocado to your bowl of soup," writes Amy Stafford of a Healthy Life for Me.
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The Recipe: Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: You can use any spicy salsa to re-create this soup, but for the full experience, you'll want to whip up a batch of this red chipotle salsa. It's packed with flavor and you can eat the leftovers with chips on the side.
The Pro Tip: "I love making this kind of meal when you need to entertain but don't want to spend a lot of time and money on the meal. It's also a great soup to make ahead for lunches and easy weeknight dinners throughout the week," Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker writes.
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The Recipe: Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup
The Hero Ingredient: The salsa verde, which you can buy at the store or prepare homemade, provides most of the flavors found in this simple soup. It complements the hearty green vegetables and means fewer ingredients are needed to satisfy your taste buds.
The Pro Tip: "I can't lie—the fried [tortilla strips] beat the baked by a landslide. You just can't deny it," admits Gerard.
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