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Recipe – Darlene’s Tortilla Soup

by jughandle

As with any dish, it always tastes better with freshly prepared ingredients instead of canned or frozen.  Darlene’s Tortilla Soup is no different. Prepare the chicken stock by boiling a whole chicken in seasoned water for 2 hours or more, you will not regret it. – jughandle

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Darlene's Tortilla Soup

Darlene throws this together quickly for a great mexican flavored soup
Course hors d'oeuvre, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Keywords Tortilla soup
Protein Chicken
Cooking Method Boiling
Hot/Cold Dish Hot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
to make broth 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Darlene Myer

What You Will Need:

  • 1 whole chicken - for stock or 2 cooked breasts
  • 2 whole carrots - 1/4 inch dice
  • 2 stalks celery - 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 large onion - white or yellow 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 stalk thyme - fresh
  • 1 stalk rosemary - fresh
  • 1 clove garlic - whole
  • 1 stalk parsley - fresh
  • 1/2 cup chili peppers - fresh chili or bell peppers chopped to 1/4 inch dice
  • 4 med tomatoes - whole, quartered with juice
  • 3 10 inch tortillas - sliced into long 1/4 inch wide strips
  • 1 cup corn - fresh or frozen
For Garnish:
  • 1 whole lime - thinly sliced for topping
  • 6 dollops green chili sauce - one for each serving
  • 6 dollops sour cream - or yogurt, one for each serving

Equipment Needed:

  • large stock pot


  • Prepare the chicken stock by boiling a whole chicken in 3 quarts of seasoned water for 2 hours or more.
  • Remove the chicken and reserve.
  • Reduce the liquid by half
  • To the stock, add a the mirepoix of carrots, celery and onions continue to reduce the liquid at a slow boil
  • Add a bouquet garni of the thyme and rosemary garlic and parsley
  • Add chopped chili pepper of your choice and amount
  • Add fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
  • Add rough chopped whole skinned tomatoes in chunks with liquid
  • Take 2 or 3 large round tortillas and slice into long strips
  • Toast the tortilla strips in the oven until crispy – reserve
  • Chop 1/2 of the reserved deboned chicken into bite sized pieces and return to the pot


Serve and top each bowl with the toasted tortilla strips and lime slice.
You can also add a dollop of green chili sauce or sour cream and the juice of 1/2 lime to brighten the flavors


Nutrition Facts
Darlene's Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 269mg12%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1014IU20%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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lynn stroud September 5, 2011 - 11:55 am

hey so i have a question about chicken stock. once i did this, boiled a chicken down but the stock was so heavy full of fat that it just wasnt’ good. How do you separate the fat from the hearty broth from it, or is that just part of it? best, lynn

jughandle September 5, 2011 - 7:27 pm

I’m so glad you asked that question. It really is pretty easy. Allow your stock to cool to room temperature then put the pot in the refrigerator over night. In the morning the fat will be solid on top. You can just reach in and scoop it out with a large spoon or spatula. This really is what you should do before making the rest of the soup. It will taste so much better. Thanks for reading Lynn PS: The BIG HAT Band Rocks!!!!

lynn stroud September 6, 2011 - 8:04 pm

thank you mr. jug 😉

Sara March 30, 2012 - 11:05 am

The nachos are mkanig my mouth water ! Just for fun, if you walk this way again , if you come up to the plant in the 4th picture , take one of the leaves and hold it up to the sun and you will see all kinds of little holes in the leaf. It’s St johnswort ( same herb that they use for depression and so forth). It’s Latin name is perfolium or Perfoliate- meaning punctured. If you took the flower and crushed it in your fingers it would produce a red oil- which made the people long ago think of the martyr John the Baptist ( blood from the beheading) . Because the plant is in flower at this time of year it was named after him. Just a bit of fun trivia to share with you. I LOVE looking at the pictures you post !

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