by Kate Steadman
Which today is owed to my dearest friend Maggie, who is freezing her butt off on a cloudy winter day in St. Louis.
See, Maggie has the perfect recipe for days like this: a steaming bowl of soup to warm your hands and lips. But it’s filling, thanks to shredded chicken and dissolved tortillas. And it will literally warm you, with generous amounts of Anaheim and Jalapeno peppers.
It’s so good I beg her to make it whenever I visit, and it tempts me to see how much I can sweat in the middle of the summer. Folks, I give you:
Maggie’s Famous Tortilla Soup:
1 whole chicken young
3 quarts chicken stock
12 oz corn tortillas
1 jajapeno pepper
1 anaheim pepper
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
8-10 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
2 tablespoons oil
1 can (14oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
6 tablespoons chili powder
4 tablespoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
Directions (straight from her email, for extra personality):
Cook the chicken with a little salt in the water (ok a good deal of salt – there’s a lot of water) set aside to cool. Chop onion and mince garlic, sweat in the oil
for about 4-5 minutes (until transparent). Add the 3 quarts of chicken stock (you saw how I did it, some canned, some from cooking the chicken). Chop the anaheim and jalapeno and add. Add all the spices and cans of tomatoes. Tear up the tortilla and add to soup (smaller pieces dissolve faster). Take apart the chicken trying to get as much meat as possible (I normally take the pieces and shred them with a fork – it’s easier to eat and seems to make the soup thicker. It needs to cook for an hour generally to dissolve all the tortillas, stirring frequently. You can cook it for a little longer to cook off some more water, but you can definitely over cook the chicken, so…..not more than an hour and a half really.
There you go. Make it, and make it now. It’s unbelievable.
One more reason we’re crediting Maggie today: she gave me the most awesome adorable apron ever for Christmas!
(Ignore that whole, I’ve been cooking for two hours, look I have)