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carlton pierre

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Tortilla Soup Fri, 12/31/04 9:31 AM (permalink)
I had an awesome soup the other night in Gatlinburg called Chicken Tortilla Soup. It may be called Taco soup in some other places. It had chicken, obviously, and sliced tortilla strips in it, and the "broth" was heavenly, had a taste I can't describe, but certainly fit with the name of it. Is this something you can get in all parts of the country?
 
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    nvb

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    RE: Tortilla Soup Fri, 12/31/04 9:44 AM (permalink)
    We've had it in TX for 15 years that I know of. And I agree, it's plenty good.
     
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      Maynerd

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      RE: Tortilla Soup Fri, 12/31/04 11:29 AM (permalink)
      Yes, many Tex-Mex places (in Texas) have it everyday on their menu. It is good!
       
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        sugarlander

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        RE: Tortilla Soup Fri, 12/31/04 11:30 AM (permalink)
        Garcia's taco soup in San Marcos is wonderful!
         
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          1bbqboy

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          RE: Tortilla Soup Fri, 12/31/04 2:27 PM (permalink)
          Carl, I think your secret ingredient, the one that makes it different than an American Chicken Soup, is the mexican herb Epazote. I found some recipes with sausage in addition to chicken, most all with carrots and celery,
          but all pretty similar in approach. It really is quite simple and is a good use for day old tortillas.
          Bill
          http://mexicanfood.about.com/?once=true&
          http://www.davidscooking.com/ingredients/epazote/epazote.html
           
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            carlton pierre

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            RE: Tortilla Soup Fri, 12/31/04 2:58 PM (permalink)
            Bill, thank you. I can't wait to check it out. The soup I had the other night was so good I wished I could have copied at home, but I could not identify all the ingredients.
             
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              emsmom

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              RE: Tortilla Soup Mon, 01/3/05 9:25 AM (permalink)
              We buy a soup starter mix made by Bear Creek -you have to add the chicken to it- then we fry tortilla strips to eat on top of the soup.
              It is rather good. The only place that we can find it out around here is at Chilis Bar and Grill and McAllisters Deli.
               
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                Maynerd

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                RE: Tortilla Soup Mon, 01/3/05 10:11 AM (permalink)
                Chili's bar and grill has an excellent enchalada soup. It may not be on the menu, but like many items at Chili's they have it available on request. May be restricted to regional stores though.
                 
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                  Cosmos

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                  RE: Tortilla Soup Mon, 01/3/05 12:59 PM (permalink)
                  Just made it yesterday from the last of my Thanksgiving turkey, (or the stock, and some meat from it that I fished out of the freezer). Mine was a modified recipe but the basic is as follows:

                  One clove of garlic, chopped
                  One whole oninon chopped
                  2 Jalepenos diced
                  1-1/2 tsp chili powder
                  6 cups chicken stock (homemade is best)
                  1 can chopped tomatoes (w/ juice)
                  2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
                  6 Corn Tortillas (cut in half, then in 1/4" strips, fry in oil until crisp)
                  ( I also add 1/2 tsp of Cumin, and Cilantro)

                  Saute' the onions, garlic, and peppers in oil. Add the chili powder (and cumin), cook for a minute or two, add stock, tomatoes, beans. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes (minimum).

                  Serve w/ tortilla strips, cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.

                  Its great stuff!

                   
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                    hefried

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                    RE: Tortilla Soup Thu, 01/20/05 1:40 PM (permalink)
                    ive had tortilla soup 2 ways,
                    the brothy kind with sliced avocado and crispy tortilla strips and cheese... and the thick kind where they puree the tortillas in the soup.
                    both are so great!!~~~~
                     
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                      carlton pierre

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                      RE: Tortilla Soup Tue, 03/15/05 10:27 PM (permalink)
                      I made tortilla soup today for my church gathering tomorrow night and I am rather proud of it. I cut up 4 chicken breasts and think I will add 2 more tomorrow, in small pieces. Boiled mostly chicken broth and some water in a big pot and added the cooked chicken pieces along with 2 soup starters (I know, I cheated) for tortilla soup. I also added 3 cans of Campbell's chicken tortilla soup. Then I added a can of tomato/okra/corn, a can or two of benas, can of corn, jalapenos, carrots, cilantro, garlic, onions and celery. I'll probably spice it up a little before I take it in tomorrow evening.
                      Given that I'm making a soup for 30 - 40 people that I've never made before I'm happy with how it turned out, and somewhat pleased with how I put this concoction together.
                       
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                        olphart

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                        RE: Tortilla Soup Wed, 03/16/05 7:25 PM (permalink)
                        We make a spicy chicken soup and add tortilla chips to it. We also do a great green chili stew, and tortillas go into that dish, too! Tortillas also get added to scrambled eggs (migas) and tamales and a number of other dishes we make.
                         
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                          Hastyman

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                          RE: Tortilla Soup Fri, 07/1/05 11:55 PM (permalink)
                          The first time I ever tasted tortilla soup was at a pizza place in Algona, IA. I don't think it was very authentic, but it was tasty. I've had it several other places since then, and it's usually very pleasing (as long as it's not from a can).

                          This really doesn't seem to me like a complicated dish, just some nice garlicky chicken broth with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and peppers, plus the tortilla strips and a little cheese on top.
                           
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                            mr chips

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                            RE: Tortilla Soup Sat, 07/2/05 5:00 AM (permalink)
                            Tortilla soup is delicious. Available in many spots here in Portland.
                             
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                              PhenoBarbieDahl

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                              RE: Tortilla Soup Tue, 09/6/05 5:19 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by carlton pierre

                              I made tortilla soup today for my church gathering tomorrow night and I am rather proud of it. I cut up 4 chicken breasts and think I will add 2 more tomorrow, in small pieces. Boiled mostly chicken broth and some water in a big pot and added the cooked chicken pieces along with 2 soup starters (I know, I cheated) for tortilla soup. I also added 3 cans of Campbell's chicken tortilla soup. Then I added a can of tomato/okra/corn, a can or two of benas, can of corn, jalapenos, carrots, cilantro, garlic, onions and celery. I'll probably spice it up a little before I take it in tomorrow evening.
                              Given that I'm making a soup for 30 - 40 people that I've never made before I'm happy with how it turned out, and somewhat pleased with how I put this concoction together.

                              Campbell's makes a chicken tortilla soup? I "cheat" and use Campbell's Southwest Chicken Vegetable, add hot sauce and fresh salsa while it heats, then add tortilla chips and cheese. They have it at some chains here in Indiana, but it's pretty uniformly awful.
                               
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                                markolenski

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                                RE: Tortilla Soup Tue, 09/6/05 5:38 PM (permalink)
                                If your local PBS station carries it, Rick Bayless has a great show on Mexican food and cooking. He did a tortila soup last week. I travel all over mexico and each variation is better that the last one.
                                http://www.fronterakitchens.com/
                                 
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                                  Burger Bob

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                                  RE: Tortilla Soup Sat, 09/17/05 4:32 PM (permalink)
                                  Zoup! Mexican Chicken

                                  Tomato based chicken soup with jalapenos, green peppers, whole kernel corn, rice, black beans, green chilies, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, lime zest, cumin and fresh cilantro.

                                   
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                                    Hiram Callahan

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                                    RE: Tortilla Soup Thu, 09/22/05 7:53 PM (permalink)
                                    The first time I ever had tortilla soup was at a VIP's in Mexico City. VIP's is kind of the Woolworth's of Mexico, though there's more eating area than at a lunch counter. Try to imagine a Denny's, a 7-11, and a CVS all in one, and you'll have the idea. I also found a VIP's in Barcelona, but I can't remember whether it had a restaurant.

                                    I loved the soup, and have had it from time to time in the States, but I miss VIPs. Tortilla soup ordered from a laminated menu with pictures has some serious street cred.
                                     
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                                      Taco_Ted

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                                      RE: Tortilla Soup Sun, 09/25/05 11:57 AM (permalink)
                                      Torlilla soup is my fav
                                       
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                                        NYNM

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                                        RE: Tortilla Soup Mon, 12/19/05 11:36 PM (permalink)
                                        Strange place to have tortilla soup: I visted my 90 year old mom in her "Assisted Living" home in Port Jefferson, Long Island yesterday and they served Tortilla Soup for lunch in their dining room!!! (The only choice for appetizers). I thought it was a surpise and rather delicious. I have to admit that mom spit it out, which is probably what all the other "senior plus" residents did....but I still liked it.
                                         
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                                          offlady

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                                          RE: Tortilla Soup Wed, 01/18/06 2:55 PM (permalink)
                                          I had my first tortilla soup at a local culinary school and it was one of the best soups I've had. I like my soups on the thin and watery side rather than the thick chowdery type. When making chicken stock from scratch, do you add veggies for the stock?
                                           
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