A Holiday Meal Favorite

Julie at Another Chance Ranch is hosting the Blogging Chicks Carnival of Holiday Recipes on Sunday.

Check it out - and send in your own traditional food as well. She didn't say it was open to everyone , but I should think all recipe favorites would be welcome.

In the past 10 years I have started a new tradition on Christmas Eve. It has been popular not only with my own family, but friends like to stop by and have a bowl, too. Give me a call and I'll save you a seat! Here is my CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP. (And I don't remember where I got it) The ingredients are highlighted for your list writing convenience.

2 lbs chicken breast

6 cups chicken broth

2 cloves garlic

1 large onion (I use Sweet Onions)

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 whole bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled

1/4 teaspoon salt

Place the chicken, bay leaf, and broth in a soup pot and set on moderately high heat. The other ingredients can all be placed in a food processor and chopped up - then add immediately to the pot.

Once the stock comes to a boil, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook 15 minutes or until the chicken is done.

While this is cooking blend the following ingredients in your food processor

1 can [4 oz] green chilies (I often put more than that. I love the flavor)
2 cloves garlic

Set aside

When the chicken is done, remove the breasts to cool. When they are cool enough you can cut or tear them into bite-size pieces. While they are cooling

Add the following to your soup pot

1 can [1lb] hominy with its liquid
and the chili/garlic mixture that is in your food processor

Simmer another 15 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pot, add salt to taste. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes (until chicken is reheated)

Remove the bay leaf

Add 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro.

Now you are ready to ladle soup into bowls. I garnish with tortilla chips and sliced avocado.

Cheese and scallions are other options for garnish.



Amanda said…
I recommend you give it a shot!
Of course, it will never be as good as my mom's.
thwampwidth said…
O-0-0-H ! Sounds yummy ! Hiccup !
I'm going to make it torommow after I have just one more slice of friutcaek...Hiccup! Now, let me get this straight...I need a cheeken and some leaves from the bay...and some honimy...is that like griyuts?... Oh, gorfet it...I'll just eat my fruitcake...Hiccup !
Kellie said…
I like to add canned corn and canned diced tomatoes to mine. Gives it a little extra oomph. And sour cream as a garnish, too.
Sue said…
Sounds yummy and perfect for a chilly evening! We like spicy soups !!
her indoors said…
ok then save me a seat i will be over to try it out
CyberCelt said…
Here from BC Carnival.
Biker Betty said…
Hi Pamela, Thanks for visiting. Your soup sounds so yummy. What I love about dishes like that is your house smells soooo good when it's cooking. I like your tradition.
Thanks for stopping by.
This sounds yummy. I know my mother has mentioned it, but I've never tried it.
Rebecca said…
Sounds delish - I bet turkey would work too. All that leftover gobble gobble from the freezer.
local girl said…
I think I can manage all of that but what is hominy? Never heard of it before.
Skittles said…
Ooo sounds delicious!
marnie said…
I second the inquiry on hominy. Never heard of it. The soup sounds really yummy.. this Undomestic Goddess might have to give it a try!
Pamela said…
Local Girl and Marnie:

Hominy is processed corn.
It is the corn without the germ ?? I guess thats the best way to describe it.

Dried and ground it makes hominy grits. This is the canned variety.
You can substitute corn in this recipe

If you eat corn nuts, I think that would be deep fried hominy...maybe
tbirdonawire said…
I never used to be very adventurous when if came to cooking, but I'm getting better at trying new things.

This sounds like a good one!

Thanks for stopping by!

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