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Arizona Tortilla Soup

Makes 6 servings

Notes: This soup comes from Donna Nordin, chef-owner of Café Terra Cotta in Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona. Make the salsa while the soup boils.

Arizona Tortilla Soup

James Carrier
 4 corn tortillas (6 to 7 in.)
 3 tablespoons salad oil
 1 onion (4 to 5 oz.), peeled and finely chopped
 1 teaspoon minced or pressed garlic
 1 dried bay leaf
 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
 1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
 8 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  Salsa fresca
 1 ripe or firm-ripe avocado (about 8 oz.)
 1 lime (about 3 oz.)
 3/4 cup shredded jack cheese
  Salt and pepper
Step 1

Stack tortillas and cut into 1-inch-wide strips. Pour oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat. When oil is hot, add tortilla strips and stir often until crisp and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and, with a slotted spoon, transfer tortilla strips to towels to drain.

Step 2

Add onion and garlic to pan. Stir often over medium-high heat until onion is limp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add bay leaf, oregano, peppercorns, chili flakes, and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil until reduced to about 6 cups, 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, whirl half the salsa fresca in a blender until coarsely puréed. Pit, peel, and thinly slice the avocado. Rinse lime and cut crosswise into thin slices; discard ends.

Step 4

In wide soup bowls (at least 1 1/2-cup size), arrange equal portions of tortilla strips, remaining salsa, avocado slices, lime slices, and jack cheese.

Step 5

Pour puréed salsa into hot soup, season to taste with salt and pepper, and ladle equally around tortilla strips and garnishes in bowls.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 274Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g25%

Saturated Fat 4.1g21%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 215mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%

Dietary Fiber 2.8g12%
Protein 17g34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.