Chicken UN-Tortilla Soup

We have eaten my version of  “Cinncinnatti Chili” for Halloween night for about 20 years. But, because I made chili just a few weeks ago, I just didn’t feel like making it again! My boys weren’t here to enjoy it and well…I just didn’t make it.

Soooooo…

I’ve wanted to make this soup for a while, but always stopped before I did because I didn’t want the tortillas in it! This time, I followed through and made it with no tortilla chips! It is such a healthy soup…only a teeny bit of olive oil to saute the onions…no other added fats! It came together quickly and the gang loved it for dinner on Halloween night. If you like your food spicy, kick up the heat with a hot sauce of your choice.

I love this old cast iron pot which belonged to my friend's Mom!

I love this old cast iron pot which belonged to my friend Melinda’s Mom!  Somehow, things are a bit more delicious when cooked in something that belonged to someone special!

Chicken UN-Tortilla Soup

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

3 tsp chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

2- 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes

6 cups chicken broth

2 cups frozen or 2 cans corn, rinsed

2 cans chopped green chili peppers

2-15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained

juice of one lime

1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro (parsley, if you’re not a cilantro fan)

4 boneless chicken breasts or 4 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped

avocado, diced

4 cheese blend cheese for tops

(rice, chopped scallions, sour cream, hot sauce…  all optional)

In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes then add the diced bell peppers. Cook until soft. Stir in the chili powder and cumin. Now stir in the tomatoes, broth, corn, chili peppers, beans and 1/4 c. of the chopped cilantro. Add the juice of one lime. Simmer for an hour or put in the crockpot for a few hours to blend the flavors.

About 20 minutes before serving, add the chicken and the rest of the cilantro. Stir. When heated through, serve in bowls (over rice, if you wish) and garnish with  the tortilla chips,  cheese (and optional scallions and sour cream).

Such a pretty soup, it needed two pictures!

Such a pretty soup, it needed two pictures!

What do I love about this recipe? I love that it is so fast to throw together. It also can be halved if you don’t want as much (or freeze the leftovers). I love that it is your entire meal in one bowl! Veggies, protein…it is all in there !

What don’t I love about this recipe? Well, I didn’t really like dealing with the chicken…so I bought a rotisserie chicken and used that! (and the second time I made it, I bought the rotisserie chicken already chopped up from Costco…a real time saver).

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