I know. It seems like all I’ve been eating is soup. But honestly, what is better in December. Wait, its not December? It’s Halloween in two weeks, not Christmas? Well that’s news to me….this Fall is cold man!
But seriously, soup is one of the most soothing meals. Not even just to eat. Preparing a big batch of your favorite soup is one of the most rewarding and comforting culinary endeavors; adding ingredient after ingredient and watching them slowly meld together leaving something way more than the sum of its parts. And the nice thing about soup is the process. Once you get the basic idea down for a recipe, you can dial in flavors and ingredients ensuring that boredom will never be an issue. One of the best examples of this is my chicken tortilla soup…
This is a soup I’ve been making since my years at Skidmore. Variety after variety, this soup has always been one of my favorites because of the amazing flavors. Whether I’ved called it tortilla soup, taco soup, or even nacho soup, the familiar mexican inspired seasonings and ingredients make this soup absolutely delicious. This batch was by the best I’ve ever made. Big chunks of chicken breast, sweet and hot peppers, corn, black beans, and onions all mixed in with canned tomatoes, chicken stock, and a corona (one of my favorite additions). Lastly, I thicken this soup with some fresh corn tortillas giving it a fantastic color and background flavor perfect with a little sour cream, a few chopped scallions, cotija cheese, and fresh homemade corn tortilla chips. A full meal in a bowl!
Oh and you can’t forget about the best part of making your own soup….Leftovers!