Chef Karen:I must be living under a rock. I’d never heard of Tortilla Soup before. After I tried it at a church event, I knew we had to try it. It’s very easy to make! This is good news for anyone that’s prone to the “I HATE making soups” mentality. When I made it, I left out the jalapeno rings. I just wasn’t “feeling” that kind of taste. I crushed tortilla chips in the bottom of my bowl before pouring the soup into it. I liked how the soup softened them up. I also added some hot pepper cheese to the top; just because everything tastes better with either cheese or chocolate on it and this calls for cheese, not chocolate. I paired it with a cucumber salsa. A recipe for another time 🙂 Enjoy your soup!
Chef Jonathan: I was excited to make this soup because I’d never made a tortilla soup before, and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be a bit more ‘Tex-Mex’, but I like all of the fresh ingredients in this recipe. I did however spice it up a bit and make chili-flavoured tortilla strips, by drizzling some EVOO to the sliced strips, and sprinkling some chili powder on top, followed by toasting in the oven. All in all, a great soup for a cold day, or just whenever.
Here is the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tortilla-Soup-I/Detail.aspx