When it’s cold outside nothing beats the warmth of a delicious hot soup! Tex Mex Chicken Soup is my new favorite twist on classic chicken soup. It has just the right amount of spice but still has that comforting taste of home.
To make this you need olive oil, 1 chopped yellow onion, 2 tablespoons of diced jalapeno peppers, 2 tablespoons minced garlic, salt, 2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 100oz. (two boxes) of chicken broth, 3 small chicken breasts (shredded), 2 ¼ cup hominy, 1 ½ cups frozen corn, 1 ½ cups drained and diced canned tomatoes, ¼ cup chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons lime juice, pepper, and large tortilla shells.
Begin by making your tortilla strips to garnish. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place two tortilla shells on top of each other and cut them in half. Proceed to cut the halves into small strips, approximately ¼ inch thick. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and brush with olive oil (making sure the strips are covered). Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven for 8 minutes, flip the strips half way through the cooking process. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Next, set the stove to medium heat. In a large heavy duty pot, add in 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 chopped yellow onion, and 2 tablespoons of diced jalapeno peppers. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until the veggies are soft, stir occasionally. Add 2 teaspoons chili powder and 1 teaspoon cumin.
Add in 2 boxes of chicken broth (100oz.) and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally and reduce to a simmer (let sit for approximately 20 minutes). Meanwhile, in a medium skillet add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook 2 ¼ cup of hominy until tender, adding salt to taste.
Next, stir in 1 ½ cups frozen corn, 2 ¼ cups hominy, 1 ½ cups canned and diced tomatoes, and three shredded chicken breasts. Let simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in a ¼ cup chopped cilantro and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Place the soup in a bowl and garnish with cilantro and tortilla strips. Serve and warm up immediately!