This soup, fragrant with cilantro, chili powder, and cumin, is both flavored and thickened with corn tortillas. Toasting the tortillas before grinding them helps develop their fullest flavor. Garnish with avocado, cheese, chicken, and toasted tortilla strips, this soup can be the center of a light meal, rounded out with a green salad.
Preheat the oven to 300 deg F. Cut the tortillas into matchsticks. Place them in an even layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven, about 15 minutes. Or, toast strips by sauteeing them in a dry skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the strips for a garnish. Crush the remainder in a food processor or blender.
Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until they have a sweet aroma, 5-6 minutes. Add the tomato puree and continue to cook, 3 minutes. Add the cilantro, chili powder, and cumin and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the broth, crushed tortillas, and bay leaf. Stir well, bring the soup to a simmer and cook for about 25-30 minutes. Strain the soup through a sieve.
Serve the soup in heated bowls, garnished with the shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, reserved tortilla strips, and diced avocado.
Avocado will turn brown if it is cut very far in advance. Avoid cutting the avocado more than 1 hour before you will need it. Once you cut it, sprinkle the diced flesh with a little lemon or lime juice and toss gently to coat all the pieces. Cover and keep refrigerated. If avocados are not in season or are unavailable, substitute peeled, seeded, and diced tomatoes or cucumbers.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (412g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 82 (23%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 9.1g||12 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.9g||10 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.6g|
|Cholesterol 14.4mg||4 %|
|Sodium 447.9mg||15 %|
|Potassium 668.3mg||18 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 56g||16 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.8g||39 %|
|Sugars, other 46.2g|
|Protein 14.1g||20 %|
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Calories per serving: 349
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