Julie's Chicken Tortilla Soup

I’ve been making this recipe for years. Years. It’s a very simple to make, but excellently popular soup recipe. And, yes, I realize that this isn’t soup season, but there have been a few rainy days this summer when we’ve had soup cravings.

1/2 cup salsa (I used Sams, it recommends On the Border)
2 large, ripe avocados, mashed iwth 3 T salsa (I skipped this and used SAMS guacamole, which is incredible!!)
3 14 oz cans of chicken broth
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
4 Tablespoons uncooked rice
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (I used Mexican Shredded Cheese)

Heat chicken broth to boil in a large saucepan. Add chicken breast halves, reduce heat and cook until chicken is opaque. Remove chicken and cut into bite size pieces. Add salsa and rice to broth. Cook about 15 minutes until rice is tender. Return chicken to sauce pan, add 1/2 of the chopped onion. Simmer 5 minutes. Just before serving add remaining onion and cilantro. To serve, break a small handful of chips into the bottom of each bowl. Ladle soup over tortilla chips. Top with cheese and 1 rounded Tablespoon of avocado (or guac.) Serve immediately with additional chips or salsa if necessary. Serves “4”.

Actually, this was about 7 servings for us. Also, the guacamole changes the consistency and makes it thicker. So if you stir it in, you have a creamier soup. We started with teaspoons, and ended up liking it with a Tablespoon.

Enjoy!

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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