So I've been super obsessed lately with the Fry's brand of Chicken Tortilla Soup. So stinkin yummy! I've never had it before I had it from there, so I didn't know what to expect. Theirs is creamy and just plain good. But at $3.99 a pop for a 32oz. container it can get pricey. So I decided to make my own. And yes I know it's a bazillion degrees here in Arizona today, but I've been craving this. Keep reading for the recipe.
Ingredients you'll need:
* Grilled chicken shredded
( I used 1 whole small rotisserie chicken from the grocery store )
* 1 1/2 Cans Black beans ( I added the bean juice too )
* 1 Can Refried beans
* 3 Cans Chicken stock + 1 Can Water
( You can add more liquids if your crockpot has room, this amount filled up my pot )
* 1-2 Cans Diced tomatoes
* 1 Can Corn
* Cilantro - A big bunch ( Add more if you love it )
* 1-2 Cans Green chili's
( My picture shows jalepenos since that's all I had on hand, use chili's )
* 1 Medium diced onion
* Celery - About 3 or 4 stalks diced
* 2-3 Carrots small dice
( I didn't use these, I'm not a huge cooked carrot fan )
* 1/2 Tbs. Garlic powder
* Salt & Pepper as desired
* 1 Packet of Taco seasoning
* Potato flakes to thicken soup if needed
Soup topping ideas:
Corn tortilla chips
( I love club crackers too, don't know why...just do )
Shredded cheese, I prefer the Cheddar/Monterrey jack blend
Fresh limes to squeeze
Add all your canned ingredients into your crockpot. Now add your chicken, and seasonings.
Add all your liquids.
Put on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 - 6 hours. Stir occasionally. When it's done cooking if you see that it isn't the consistency you'd like it to be add some of the potato flakes to thicken it up a little. Just add a little at a time until you've achieved the thickness you desire. Now put in your lovely bowls, and top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
P.S. I also added sour cream to the actual soup while cooking, I had foud that since I didn't have the green chili's I wanted and all I had on hand was jalepenos that my soup was too spicy for me. I only added a tablespoon of the jalepenos, but it was fine once I calmed it down with the sour cream. It didn't turn out the way I was hoping like the Fry's one, but I will have to play around with it I think. None the less it was still good. I made so much of it though, I froze some for when the cooler months arrive. Ha...I could be waiting a while for cooler months! ;D