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Sopa De Tortilla

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • ------------------------------SOPA DE TORTILLA------------------------------
  • 1 lg Tomato
  • 2 tb Corn oil
  • 1 md Yellow onion; coarsely
  • -chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic; peeled and
  • -halved lengthwise
  • 1 ts Coarse salt; plus more for
  • -seasoning
  • 1/4 ts Freshly ground black pepper;
  • -plus more for seasoning
  • 6 c Chicken stock
  • 1 sm Bunc cilantro; leaves picked
  • -and stems reserved
  • 1 sm Bunc oregano
  • 4 Corn tortillas; yellow and
  • -blue
  • 1/2 c Vegetable oil; for frying
  • 1 Dried pasilla chiles;
  • -stemmed, deveined, and left
  • -whole, up to 2
  • 1 Avocado; cut into cubes
  • 4 oz Queso fresco cheese; freshly
  • -grated
  • 4 Limes; quartered


1. Heat oven to broil. Line a small oven-proof skillet with aluminum foil.
Place the tomato in the prepared pan and broil, turning once or twice,
until soft and just starting to char, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from
oven, peel, and place the tomato in the jar of a blender.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of corn oil in a medium soup pot over medium-low heat.
Add the onion and the garlic. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon
pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and golden
brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add onions
to jar of the blender. Puree the tomato-onion mixture until smooth.

3. Return soup pot to medium heat. Add remaining tablespoon of corn oil and
stir in tomato-onion pur”še, using rubber spatula to clean out blender jar.
Simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes. It
should be the consistency of a dark, thick ketchup.

4. Whisk in chicken stock. Make a bouquet garni of the cilantro stems and
oregano. Add the bouquet garni to the soup, and bring the mixture to a
boil. Reduce the heat to simmer. Partially cover and simmer until the
flavors have blended, about 30 minutes. Season soup to taste with
additional salt and pepper.

5. Meanwhile, prepare the garnishes; cut the tortillas into 1/4-inch
strips. Heat 1/2 cup of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet, over
medium-high heat, until the oil is shimmering and hot. Carefully add the
tortilla strips, standing back as the oil might splatter. Fry until the
strips are crisp and brown, 20 to 30 seconds. Remove with tongs or slotted
spoon, and drain on paper towels. Season hot strips with salt and pepper.

6. In same hot oil, quickly flash-fry the pasilla chilies, 3 to 4 seconds.
Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. Let cool slightly.
Chop the chilies into bits and use as garnish.

7. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Garnish with avocado cubes, tortilla
strips, pepper bits, queso fresco, and quartered limes.

Serves 4 to 6

NOTES : This classic Mexican tortilla soup gets much of its flavor from the
garnishes that are added just before serving-a squeeze of fresh lime for
tartness, dried pasilla chiles for a spicy bite, and crisp tortilla strips.
It may be surprising that a hot, spicy soup would enjoy such popularity in
the sizzling climate of Mexico, but devotees claim it is actually quite

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