25 oz crushed tomatoes
15 oz fire roasted tomatoes
4 oz canned chopped green chile peppers
2 habanero, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups chicken or turkey stock
2 cups shredded chicken or turkey
1 1/3 cup fresh or frozen fire roasted corn
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon hot Mexican chili powder
1 teaspoon ground chipotle
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 corn tortillas, cut in half
Slow cooker instructions:
Place the spices, tomatoes, broth, garlic, onion and peppers in the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low for about 6 hours. After 6 hours, add the corn and turkey. Cover and cook for an additional 45 to 60 minutes.
In a large pot, saute the onions, garlic and habanero in a tablespoon of canola oil. Add the tomatoes and spices. Cook to a near boil then add the corn and turkey and reduce heat. Cook through.
Slice the tortillas into 1/4 inch strips. Fry in a shallow skillet until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel lined plates. Ladle the soup into bowls, then sprinkle with cheese, avocado, tortilla strips and serve with lime.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Tortilla soup is a Southwestern soup that comes in a few variations. This one is my favorite. The fire roasted tomatoes and corn give it a slightly smoky flavor which adds depth to the soup. The avocado and tortilla strips add texture interest. For this version I used turkey, but an equal amount of shredded (cooked) chicken could be substituted. I prefer the slow cooker method for this, it is even easier than the stove top method and the slow, low simmer really brings out the flavors but really either way yields an excellent, spicy, tomato packed soup.
Note: A few people have emailed me about where to get the fire roasted tomatoes. I like to use Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes and I have found them at both "natural" and "regular" grocery stores, just ask for them.