Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Stew – Secret Recipe Club

by Suzanne on February 13, 2012

Southwestern Chicken Tortilla StewWelcome to the new look of my blog!  I’m still working on a few things, but, for the most part, everything is a lot the same.  Just the look (mostly) has changed.  This is a bit more reflective of the real me, whoever that is.  I hope you like it!

In the meanwhile, I have to tell you about this great blog I found!

Heather is young, she is energetic, she lives a healthy lifestyle, she is self-described “fitness and food enthusiast”, she is a fitness instructor and she is preggers with her first baby boy.  ALL of which I am not!  Although I’m trying more every day.  NOT the preggers part, but the healthy stuff so I can have more energy and keep myself young.  I’m already a food enthusiast, so there is one thing I won’t have to do.  At that, I’m really a perfectionist!  She and I do have a couple of other things in common besides the Secret Recipe Club and our love of food.  She has a black and white kitty – I have a black and white puppy.

Luke

She shops at Costco – I shop at Costco.  She is going to have a baby boy – we just adopted a baby boy!

 Rojo

el perrito rojo del Rio Chama a.k.a. “Rojo”

Heather is a very interesting lady who blogs over at Get Healthy With Heather.  If her enthusiasm were contagious the whole world would be a better place for sure.  I really enjoyed perusing her blog and reading about her pregnancy and her outlook on life.  She is truly blessed!

I, too, am truly blessed to have received her blog as my Secret Recipe Club assignment for this month.  SRC is kinda like having a visit from Secret Santa once every month.  Christmas all year long!

It didn’t take me long to figure out the recipe I wanted to make.  You see, it has been snowing HUGE flakes for about an hour and the weather has finally felt like a little bit of winter for the first time all . . . well, winter.  And winter just screams for soups and stews, in my most humble opinion – something I always carry with me.  So when I saw Heather’s recipe for Crockpot Tortilla Soup with Cheesy  Triangles, I knew I had hit the jackpot.  Especially when I saw that it involved GREEN CHILE.  Those of you who have been following me for a while know my passion for that gorgeous pepper.

I’m starting to drool just thinking about this stew.

Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Stew

 

5.0 from 2 reviews

Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Stew
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Recipe type: Main, Stew, Soup
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Serves: 6
 
Fabulously rich, satisfying, and packed full of flavor and all kinds of good-for-you stuff!
Ingredients
  • 2 large Chicken Breasts
  • 3-4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups diced Sweet Onion
  • 2 ribs of Celery, sliced
  • 2 medium Carrots, sliced
  • 2 Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced
  • 4 oz chopped Hatch Green Chiles (or any canned green chile)
  • 1 Tbsp roasted Garlic (or 2 fresh cloves, minced)
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Bayleaf
  • 14.5 oz diced No Salt Added Tomatoes
  • 8 oz Rotel Zesty Tomato and Green Chile Sauce (or an 8 oz can of El Pato Sauce)
  • 4-6 Corn Tortillas
  • 1 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Boil chicken breast in chicken broth. I had some homemade stock, so I used that. When thoroughly cooked, remove chicken from pot and shred. Do not discard broth. Set chicken and broth aside.
  2. Saute onion, celery and carrots in oil until onions are translucent. If you are not using roasted garlic, add the fresh minced garlic to the saute pan for 2 minutes. Add these to your chicken broth.
  3. Add chicken, potatoes, chiles, roasted garlic, cumin, pepper, bay leaf, tomatoes, and Rotel or El Pato sauce to the soup pot. Salt to taste. Cook for 45 minutes.
  4. To make the Cheese Crisps, turn on the broiler in your oven. With a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, lay the tortillas flat and broil until light brown. Turn the tortillas over, sprinkle with cheese, and broil until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden brown. Keep a close eye on the tortillas while broiling.
  5. Cut Cheese Crisps into quarters and serve with the Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Stew. Garnish the soup with a little more cheese, sour cream and avocados, if desired. We used 0% fat Greek Yogurt. Makes it wonderfully rich without adding many calories!

Mexican Sauces

Cheese Crisps

Cheese Crisps

This recipe – including the cheese crisps – has only 230 calories per serving, 9 grams of fat, 200 mg of sodium (if you don’t add extra salt), 21 carbs with 5 grams of fiber, 18 grams of protein (that’s without yogurt added), and is very high in Vitamins A (almost as much as you need in a day!) and C (MORE than what you need in a day!). And a whopping 485mg of potassium, of which it seems I never get enough.   All of these are approximate, of course, but you get the idea. This soup packs a bunch of flavor and nutrition! Plus, it is wonderful comfort food on a cold winter evening. Comfort food doesn’t have to be heavy to be rich and satisfying.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie February 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

This looks mighty tasty!

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:48 AM

Just had another bowl and it was even better than the first . . . first TWO bowls. :D

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Corina February 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Sounds delicious – tortilla soup is something I’ve been planning to make for a while but so far haven’t got around to it. Sounds like you were paired with a great blog.

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:48 AM

This is a great recipe to try!

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Dan February 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

The avocado on top adds that extra bit to the presentation. Great job.

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:48 AM

Thanks, Dan! Love me some avocado!

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Katrina February 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

That sound does look yummy! And the cheese crisps–even better! Definitely looks like a great SRC pick!

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:49 AM

Cheese crisps are heavenly! Thanks for stopping by!

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy February 13, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Great post! I love how this is gluten free! The cheesy triangles sound awesome, I can’t believe I never thought of it! Thanks!

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:50 AM

Gluten-free, low sodium, high potassium, Vit A & C and low calorie. What more could one want?! Thanks for you sweet comments!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

THANK YOU for all your sweet words Suzanne! They put a huge smile on my face :)

So glad you enjoyed the soup and cheesy tortilla crisps! The cheese topped tortilla was definitely my husbands favorite part of it… Well really anything with cheese turns into his favorite thing.

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:50 AM

It truly was MY pleasure. You have a new fan. ;)

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Lisa~~ February 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Your soup sounds like it has great flavors.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:50 AM

Thanks, Lisa! And I’ll be popping by shortly!

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Danielle February 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

mmmm….I love tortilla soup. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Me, too! Always a great comfort food for me and so good for you!

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Mari @ Mari's Cakes February 14, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Suzanne, this soup looks very appetizing. I am sure I will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Thanks, Mari, for stopping by! Give it a try! I’m pretty sure you will love it!

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Cookin' Canuck February 14, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Oh yes, this is the perfect meal for those cold nights. After reading your description of Heather and her blog, I’ve decided I have to pay a visit. Right now.

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Oh, good! That’s what SRC is all about! Glad I could tempt you to checking out her blog and recipes!

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Betsy February 14, 2012 at 4:25 AM

Your blog is so cute! I love the bandana print! I just found some bandana print cupcake wrappers which I’m currently obsessed with. I’m stopping by from SRC but I’d love if you check our my new site seasonalpotluck.com February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we’d love if you’d link up! http://bit.ly/zDoNfx

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:54 AM

I can’t tell you how many bandanas I have! At one time we had three Australian Shepherd and I liked to dress them up. Currently we have two and they don’t go anywhere without their “clothes” on, thus, all the bandanas and 95% are paisley of some color. Thanks for commenting. I’ll be by shortly!

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gloria February 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Look really nice Suzanne!!!

I sent you a mail dear!

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Thanks so much, my friend! And thanks for the extra effort this month! Hugs!

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Miz Helen February 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Hi Suzanne,
I love your Bandana border on your blog, it looks great. Your Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup would be a big hit here at The Cottage. We would just love the combination of flavor in this great soup. It has been fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Miz Helen
SRC #7

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Suzanne February 17, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I just love SRC! How great is it to meet new people and eat good food? Two of my favorite things in life! thanks for stopping by, Miz Helen!

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