All of the Eggs and Bacon: Tortilla Soup

I have this love/ hate relationship with soup. I want to love it, because it's easy to make, really healthy, and I can store it in the fridge and eat it over the course of a few days. But here's the thing- I have a problem eating things I can't chew. It's the same way with yogurt; I love it but I have to put granola or M&Ms in it to enjoy it.

So here's what I like about this tortilla soup.

Tortilla strips.

Crunchy, salty tortilla strips that I can break up or dip into this soup.
 

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I used Uncle Buck's Two Step Tortilla Soup, found here. Pictured with it are the tomato sauce and chicken broth that the recipe calls for. Not pictured is the ground turkey, because I'm a spaz sometimes.

brown the meat

Brown the meat. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef simply because it's healthier. Feel free to use any ground meat you wish, from beef to pork to venison. It would all taste great.

all in the pot

This picture is very deceiving. The recipe makes 6-8 servings, and could make more if you add more broth and tomato sauce. So there's a significant amount of soup in the pot. The pot is just REALLY big.

Combine all the ingredients except the meat and simmer. The once the meat is ready, add it to the pot and let it do its magic for 30 minutes.

finished
 

This tortilla soup came out very thick, almost like a stew. I didn't mind it and it was very tasty, but if you would like something soupier, then use 1.5x the tomato sauce and broth. The spices from the mix were just about perfect. It added bite without being too spicy or peppery- just enough to offset the tang of the tomato sauce.

Recipe:

1 bottle Uncle Buck's Two Step Tortilla Soup mix
1/2 lb ground turkey
29 oz (2 14.5 oz cans) chicken broth
15 oz tomato sauce
corn tortillas or tortilla strips
1/2 cup grated cheddar + more for garnish

1. Brown turkey and set aside
2. Pour contents of bottle into kettle.
3. Fill bottle with water once and add to mix.
4. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce to kettle.
5. Add meat and boil slowly for 30 minutes
6. Tear up 3 tortillas or crush handful of tortilla chips and add to mix along with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
7. Simmer for 10-15 minutes
8. Serve with some cheese on top and a few tortilla strips for garnish.

 

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