The Adventure Starts Here: Easy Mexican Tortilla Soup and a Dessert Perfect for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Easy Mexican Tortilla Soup and a Dessert Perfect for Valentine's Day

Winter is in full gear over here.  We had our first major (and it really was major) snow storm of the year and so many cold days that all I want to do is stay inside.  This is the time of year when I want to have warm, filling dinners with classic flavors.  When I had this soup at my friend's house at New Year's, I knew I wanted the recipe so I could make it at home.  I really appreciate having a friend who is an amazing chef and is happy to share recipes :)

I am by no means recreating the wheel over here.  If you search for Mexican Tortilla Soups on Pinterest, you will find hundreds of recipes.  What I personally liked about this one is that it's not crazy spicy (I can't take the heat) and that it's relativity quick to make.  While I love my slow cooker, sometimes I don't want to have to wait all day for dinner to be ready.  This soup took me less than 45 minutes to make start to finish, including chopping time (thanks again to my handy dandy vegetable chopper!).   Not only is it possible to make during the week, but the recipe will make enough for you to enjoy delicious leftovers! 


Easy Mexican Tortilla Soup
(adapted from original recipe from food.com)

Ingredients:

1 large white onion
4 garlic cloves, minced OR I just used minced garlic from the jar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bell pepper, chopped (I used red)
1(28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
4 cups chicken broth
1(10 ounce) bag frozen corn
1(15 ounce) can black beans
1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas
1 lb shredded cooked chicken

Optional Toppings:
tortilla chips
1⁄2sliced avocado
1 lime
8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese
sour cream

Directions:

Cook and shred 1 lb chicken. There are many ways to do this, but I boiled it. I placed the chicken breasts into a pot of cold water. I then boiled the water, and cooked for 10 minutes at a rapid boil. I then took two forks and shredded the breasts by hand.
Dice onion and pepper, and mince garlic (if using fresh).
Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft, add peppers halfway through.
Stir in chili powder, oregano, paprika, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stir in corn, chickpeas, black beans, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with tortilla chips, and optional toppings such as avocado, limes, shredded monterey jack cheese, or sour cream.


^^^ an while I love adding cheese and sour cream to my soup, you could make this dairy free by eliminating those toppings.  You could even make this vegetarian by leaving out the chicken... the beans will still make it filling :)

The only thing better than having a warm and filling soup for dinner is enjoying a cookie or two for dessert!  These chocolate chocolate chip cookies are amazing.  Another friend brought these over for a Christmas party and I was immediately hooked!  Since it's a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, these are rich cookies and you will totally be satisfied with just one or two.  I also think these cookies would be perfect for Valentine's Day!  I know that many people go the route of red, pink, or heart shaped desserts, but for me when I think of Valentine's Day, I think CHOCOLATE!  This recipe is super simple to make, but will wow your loved ones :)


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
(original recipe from allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. 
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. 
Mix in the chocolate chips. 
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

^^^ I recently got more into baking.  I finally decided to get a cookie scoop (thanks Mom!) and boy does it make a difference!  Not only do I get more uniform cookies, but I also love that I don't have to use my fingers anymore and get so messy!  


plate from Target (a few years ago)

Happy eating!

15 comments:

  1. I love tortilla soup. It's one of my favorites. And the cookies look pretty yummy. I love chocolate anything.

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  2. Tortilla soup is my weakness but unfortunately I can't seem to ever get it right. I must try this recipe!!

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  3. Gonna have to try both of these recipes! Yummy! Thanks for linking up with us.

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  4. This sounds delicious!! I love anything Mexican, and this totally seems like something I could make!

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  5. This sounds delicious! I've been in a total soup mood lately!

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  6. Tortilla soup is one of my favorite meals! I have my own recipe mesmerized. I may need to whip it up this week!

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  7. The soup AND cookies both look delicious! I've always wanted a good tortilla soup recipe so I'll have to try this one! And yes to wanting warm, hearty dinners this time of year...soup is always a winter fave in our house! Thanks for linking up! :)

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  8. This soup would be perfect for when I want to throw something on early and let it cook all day. And when the temps aren't warm enough for me to enjoy!

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  9. The soup sounds yummy! I don't like crazy hot either so that's nice that you already toned it down :) And THESE COOKIES??? Oh girl, I don't need any more cookies in my life (unless they really are fat free and guilt free) but I just may have to make these! Chocolate chocolate chip cookies are my weakness!

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  10. All looks so delicious! Those cookies are the perfect treat!

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  11. And now I am starving! This soup looks great, I can't wait to try it so I am pinning for later!

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  12. Valentines is all about the chocolate!!! Those cookies look mighty good.

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  13. oh man I could go for some soup right now! Even if it is 76 outside. I've never tried this soup but it sounds yummy. And you can't go wrong with chocolate cookies.

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  14. Oh these look so good! I keep telling my hubby I need a cookie scoop; I think I need to order one! Thanks for linking up with us!

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  15. This looks delicious! Pinning now!
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