Just because the nearest Whole Foods is two hours away from Northwest Arkansas, doesn’t mean that we can’t participate in its awesomeness.
Whenever I’m in Tulsa or North Little Rock or wherever there is a Whole Foods, I make a beeline to the soup station. Their chicken tortilla soup (strangely though, I’ve never actually seen any tortilla in it) packs such a KA-POW of flavor that I just may be addicted to it.
I’ve been known to dream about it.
And drool in my sleep when dreaming about it.
My heart is now racing.
Okay, you may be wondering, “how can we participate in Whole Foods awesomeness since it is so far away?”
Let’s talk about that chicken tortilla soup and the KA-POW factor. It’s good.
Realllllly out-of-this-world delicious.
It’s easy to make, too. And fast. Perfect for today.
Want the recipe?
TORTILLA SOUP WITH TOMATOES
Serves 4 to 6 (so they say, my husband and I can easily polish this off in one sitting!)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper
2 cups water (I use 1 cup water with 1 cup chicken broth)
1 tablespoon lime juice, more to taste
1/4 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup crumbled yellow corn tortilla chips (I skipped this, no reason, just because)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
(I added the equivalent of half of a roasted chicken. An easy way to do this is to buy a rotisserie chicken and half it yourself!)
In a medium soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until the onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chile and cumin and cook a minute longer. Add tomatoes with their juices, water and salt. Cover the pot and cook gently, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings. Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated cheese, tortilla chips and cilantro. Serve immediately.
Per serving (about 10oz/285g-wt.): 100 calories (45 from fat), 5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 3g protein, 12g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 5mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium
You’re going to love this, so enjoy!
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.