I love to eat soup in the winter. Normally I will have it just about every day for lunch during the cold winter months. This winter has been unusually warm in Kansas, as it has been for much of the country. We have already had a few days that my girls have put on swim suits and soaked up some good old vitamin D! This is a soup I would have made several times by now, but have not made it once this winter. Last week we were still in a stretch of warm weather, but I decided I had better make it because spring is here.
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion chopped
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
1/4 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
1 can (15 ounce) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (4 ounce) diced green chilies
1 can (15 ounce) sweet corn, drained
1 can (15 ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup 1/2 and 1/2
Fresh Cilantro, minced
Green Onions, chopped
Corn Chips or Corn Tortilla Strips
Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch Oven or soup pot. Add the onion, red bell pepper and jalapeno, if using, and saute for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, Chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the flour and continue cooking for another minute, stirring constantly.
Slowly add the chicken broth, tomatoes, green chilies, corn and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked chicken and the 1/2 and 1/2.
Ladle into bowls and top with desired toppings.
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