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Chicken Tortilla Soup/ Guacamole, as you like it

Chicken Tortilla Soup and a nice side of guacamole

Today I decided to try my hand at Chicken Tortilla Soup. It came out pretty tasty, but as in all things, if you like it spicier, try some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes in your recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Split chicken breasts
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 container (16 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can hominy, drained
  • chopped cilantro (if you like it)
  • 1 can chopped green chiles (4 oz)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat up the olive oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Chop up the chicken into bite sized pieces, and put into oil along with onion and garlic.
  3. Cover and let cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Toss in all the other ingredients, and let cook for an hour.
  5. When ready, garnish with shredded cheese and/or chopped green onions. Make sure you have some tortilla chips handy 🙂

Easy peasy.

As far as the guacamole goes, I have found that Ina Garten’s recipe actually works for me. Not so much tabasco sauce per se, but a little doesn’t hurt too much. Here it is:

Guacamole Ingredients

  • 4 ripe Hass avocados
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 8 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
  • 1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded, and small-diced

Directions

Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl. (I use my hands.) Immediately add the lemon juice, hot sauce, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced. Add the tomatoes. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.

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