NDT- Cooking with Cash-Wa – Tortilla Soup

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 10:41 AM CST
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - 1 large dried pasilla or ancho pepper

2 15 oz. cans canned diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 medium white onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 quarts chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried oregano

3 cups cooked chicken, shredded

3 large avocados, pitted, flesh scooped from the skin and cut into 1/4-inch cubes

8 ounces Monterey Jack, shredded

4 cups tortilla chips, crumbled

2 cups sour cream, garnish

3 large limes, cut into 6 wedges, for serving

Method - Quickly toast the chile by turning it an inch or two above an open flame for a few seconds until its aroma fills the kitchen. (Lacking an open flame, toast it in a dry pan over medium heat, pressing it flat for a few seconds, then flipping it over and pressing it again.) Break the chile into pieces and put in a blender jar along with the tomatoes with their juice. (A food processor will work, though it won’t completely puree the chile.) Heat the oil in a medium (4-quart) saucepan over medium-high. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 7 minutes. Scoop up the onion and garlic with a slotted spoon, pressing them against the side of the pan to leave behind as much oil as possible, and transfer to the blender. Process until smooth. Return the pan to medium-high heat. When quite hot, add the puree and stir nearly constantly, until thickened to the consistency of tomato paste, about 6 minutes. Add the broth and epazote, if using. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and season with salt, usually about a generous teaspoon (depending on the saltiness of the broth). Just before serving, add the chicken to the simmering broth. Divide the avocado, cheese and tortilla chips between serving bowls. When the chicken is done, usually about 5 minutes, ladle the soup into the bowls. Garnish with the crema. Pass the lime separately.