Super Simple Tortilla Soup

tortilla soup (2)It was super cold yesterday, and got even colder last night. And it stayed cold, so I am working remotely from home today. Last night, instead of trying to eat something chilly or time consuming, I decided to make soup. Comforting and warm. My super awesome FRG Leader had made this recipe for us ladies one night, and I stole her recipe because it was so easy. What’s really nice is that I will have leftovers for at least a week – the recipe could feed ten people! A little bit spicy, full of protein, and then topped with sour cream, avocado and cheese – it made me happy. Oh yeah, and the most expensive part is probably the cheese, maybe the chicken.

Ingredients:

1 can each: Rotel tomatoes, diced tomatoes (15 oz), cream corn, black beans (Drained) and pinto beans (Drained)

1 packet each: powdered ranch seasoning, taco seasoning (also added a packet of fajita seasoning because it has different flavors)

3 tbsp chicken bouillon

6 cups of water

Shredded chicken – the recipe called for 4 lbs of chicken breast, boiled and shredded, I used a mixture of breast and legs from a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store

Directions:

1. Prepare your chicken, either boil it and then drain and set to cool, or shred your rotisserie chicken. You can also do this after the soup starts cooking.

2. Add in all your ingredients in to a large pot, except for the chicken. Set it to a medium high heat, cover and boil, stirring occasionally. Once it is boiling, turn to a medium heat, and let boil for 20 minutes.

3. At the end of the 20 minutes, add in your chicken and let cook for a few more minutes to warm up the chicken.

4. Serve with cheese, avocado and sour cream, and maybe some cilantro and tortillas or tortilla chips.

Roasted Veggie Lasagna

In an effort to find something super tasty for dinner with Lady Luck, I found this – pulled from BunsInMyOven.com, a blog I read all the time.

There, it was called Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas, but after careful deliberation, we decided that lasagna is layered, and enchiladas are rolled. This dish is layered. Therefore, it can’t be an enchilada.

There are so many veggies in this dish it’s ridiculous! There’s cauliflower, three types of peppers, two types of potatoes, corn and spinach. Oh yeah, there’s also cilantro infused salsa, tortillas and sooo much cheese! I love it! It’s spicy and crunchy and savory and amazing! Lady Luck was doing back flips over the flavor.

This is so simple too! Chop up all the veggies, and roast them with olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper in a dish for 30 minutes. Then layer in a casserole dish starting with the cilantro infused salsa (we actually used salsa verde), then cheese, then veggies, spinach and corn tortillas. Repeat process. Simple, right?

To go on top, we made up some guacamole, and got some sour cream, and topped it with green onions. I’m pretty sure Lady Luck and her daughter couldn’t wait to dig in again the next day because I got a very happy text message.

For dessert, we put together a twist on sopapillas, and it satisfied the sweet tooth rather well. Mix an 8 ounce package of sour cream with a cup of sugar and some vanilla extract. Open a tube of croissants, roll it all out together, and then layer the cream cheese and put another rolled out layer of croissants on top. Pinch the edges together, top with melted butter and cinnamon sugar and bake until golden at 350 degrees.

Repeatable? Definitely.

Thrown Together Fajitas

So all I had was steak. The question was what to do with the steak. Then I noticed I had some leftover home-made guacamole from the Super Bowl. And cheese. And only two tortillas. Logical conclusion just screams fajitas. Now how to spice my fajitas?
Worcestershire, lemon juice, lime juice, Tabasco, spicy mustard, steak sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, dried cilantro. A little of this, a little of that, all to taste.
I chopped up the steaks, threw them in the pan with all those prior ingredients and let them simmer, turning them every so often. They shrank and turned brown. I heated up the tortillas on the gas stove, just threw them on the flame and kept moving them and flipping them. No pan needed.
Add cheese to the bottom of the tortilla, then meat, then lettuce and the guacamole. I would have posted a picture, but it didn’t look as appetizing all opened up. I’m sure that everyone knows what a rolled up tortilla looks like anyway.

Tortilla Soup

So I went to a friend’s apartment the other night, and had this amazing tortilla soup. He even fried up his own tortilla strips! He won’t tell me how to make it, but I did find out what’s in it. I may have to do some experimentation and try and figure it out.

-boiled, spice-rubbed chicken breast
-hominy
-refried beans
-spices (cayenne, paprika, garlic, and some other ones)
-chicken broth (from boiling the chicken)
-canned tomatoes
-tomato paste
To top it all off were the tortilla strips and cheese and sour cream. A-Maze-Ing!

Tortilla Soup

This is what it looked like finished. Though once I got through with it all you could see was the bowl.