Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Happy November 1st! Does anyone remember the radio station that started playing Christmas music right after Halloween? Since getting some pretty harsh criticism, I don't think this particular station in Kansas City displays as much enthusiasm for the holidays anymore. I for one always thought it was pretty funny and enjoyed listening when the holiday spirit struck. I guess I will have to wait for now, but I do plan on getting Christmas decor out in a couple of weeks. This can be justified. Christmas decorations are just too pretty to only stay out for one month. Nope, it is not long enough. I like my decorations to be out for at least a month and a half:) Let the countdown begin! And, bring on more cold weather so we can enjoy more soup.

The lovely red leaf in the picture is courtesy of one of our trick-or-treaters last night. The little girl was so sweet and felt the need to give us a little treat in thanks to her chocolate. She said she had to give it to us because the leaf was "red and in the shape of a heart." How cute! This soup also warms may heart because it is so stinkin' easy to make. I pretty much throw everything into my Crock Pot, let it simmer, and garnish with a few fresh ingredients before serving. Serve it with a side of cheese bread and you've got one awesome meal.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 yellow or white onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
1 tablespoon cumin
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup frozen corn
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
Fresh cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and additional tortilla chips for garnish

Place all ingredients to the corn in your slow cooker. Cook over low heat for 5-6 hours. Shred the chicken breast using to forks. Add the corn, black beans, and 2 cups tortilla chips. Cook for another 1-2 hours. Serve topped with the cilantro, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and more crunched tortilla chips.

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