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Ancho Tortilla Soup

Ancho chiles are dried Poblano chiles, the most widely used dried chile in Mexico. The Ancho is dark reddish-brown with an earthy, sweet flavor and mild heat level.

Courses: Soup
Serves: 5 people

Recipe Ingredients

6   White corn tortillas - (6" dia) - halved, and cut into 1/2" strips
2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
1 cup 62g / 2.2ozChopped onion
1 tablespoon 15mlMcCormick Gourmet Collection ancho chile pepper
1 teaspoon 5mlMcCormick Gourmet Collection garlic powder
1 teaspoon 5mlMcCormick Gourmet Collection ground cumin
2   McCormick Gourmet Collection bay leaves
1   Chicken broth - (32 oz)
1   Diced tomatoes - (14 1/2 oz) - undrained
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozBoneless chicken breasts - cooked, shredded
  Chopped avocado sprinkled with lemon juice - (optional)
  Shredded Monterey Jack cheese - (optional)
  Chopped fresh cilantro - (optional)

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spread tortilla strips on baking sheet; bake 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp and golden, stirring after 5 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan, heat oil. Add onion; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in ancho pepper, garlic, cumin and bay leaves; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes.

Add broth and tomatoes. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves. *Thicken soup, if desired. (To thicken soup: Allow soup to cool slightly; puree in blender or food processor. Return soup to saucepan and heat just before serving.) Place a few tortilla strips and a small amount of chicken in each serving bowl; add soup. Top with avocado, cheese, additional tortilla strips and cilantro, if desired.

Dietary Information:

Nutritional Info Per serving: About 213 Calories, Fat 9g, Protein 13g, Carbohydrate 20g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 1105mg, Fiber 3g.

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