No-Tortilla Tortilla Soup

I made tortilla soup on Thursday, only I forgot that we were out of tortilla chips so it is actually just soup. I was worried about whether it would be any good, because I didn’t really follow a recipe. Normally that isn’t a worry for me (I make shit up all the time and it usually tastes great); I think it was not being able to taste it (I am not a very good vegetarian but I can’t stand fowl so I wouldn’t have known if it was any good even if I did taste it). Whatever the reason, this soup intimidated me

Unnecessarily, as it turned out. Will cannot stop talking about how good it is. Luckily, I baked bread while I was cooking the soup, which I think made all the difference.

Tortilla (Or Not) Soup

olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
dash ground cinnamon
28-ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cups turkey or chicken stock
4 cups shredded turkey or chicken

I sauteed the onion and garlic, sprinkled with a bit of salt, in a small amount of oil for about five minutes, stirring occasionally to keep them from getting too brown. Then I added the spices and the tomatoes and cooked for another five minutes. Then I added the stock and the turkey. I used leftover roast turkey from Thanksgiving, mostly breast and a little leg, pulling off the skin and any fatty bits. I am guessing at the amount but it’s not terribly important. I simmered the soup for about 15 minutes, until I thought the flavors had all co-mingled nicely.

This would be delightful served over tortilla chips with a little cheese on top, but apparently it is also really really good with fresh-baked bread.

3 thoughts on “No-Tortilla Tortilla Soup

  1. liz

    December 8, 2009 at 3:51am

    if i used curry powder and chickpeas instead of chili powder and turkey, can i still say this was delicious?

  2. Annika

    December 8, 2009 at 8:58am

    Yes. And I am totally going to try that.

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