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Tortilla Soup a la Latina

Submitted by on September 14, 2009 – 6:03 am6 Comments

I love to cook. I do.

There is almost a zen-like quality to starting with fresh ingredients and mixing, stirring, sautéing things and finally serving something amazing and delightful to the palate. But that doesn’t mean that I’m a slave to food fashion.

More than liking to cook, I just love to eat.

So I have some really simple and delicious go-to meals. This is one of my favorites, because it just requires collecting the ingredients, slicing up a few things and … ahem … opening cans.

Yes, that’s right. Cans. (Don’t judge me.)

The Cuban word for “can” is “lata.”

And, after all…

I am Latina! =D

tortilla soup

Easy Tortilla Soup
-2 cans chicken broth (or about 28 oz.’s)
-2 cans diced tomatoes (I usually like the ones with onions & peppers added.)
-1 small can diced green chiles (I like mild, but this is according to personal taste.)
-1 can black beans
-1 fully cooked roasted chicken (the kind you can pick up at the grocery store)
-1 can of corn

ingredients for tortilla soup

-Tortilla strips
-Sliced avocados
-Grated jack and cheddar cheeses
-Slices of lime
-Sour cream

1. Take chicken apart (easiest to do it while it’s still warm and just use your fingers) into bite-size pieces.

2. Open all cans and place contents into a large pot.

3. Stir in chicken pieces and heat through.

tortilla soup on stove

4. Set out assorted garnishes and let everyone add to their soup according to their personal tastes.


I know you’re skeptical about the can thing, but once again, you’ll just have to trust me.

You can thank me later. ;-)

(Recipe originally posted on MBFCF in another form.)

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