Sassy Soup for the Soul


I made this delicious recipe the other night and got two thumbs up from Will.  I had to adapt since I could not find a particular type of pepper at the store and I changed the way the chicken was cooked, but don’t fret I will post the original and my adaption so you can choose what works best for you.  I hope you enjoy and please know that this feeds an army!


Eva Longoria’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

* recipe can be found at All The Best



  • 6 whole Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 bunch celery, diced
  • 1 pasilla chili pepper, diced (I used 1 Poblano and roasted it)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups hearty chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsps chili powder
  • 2 tsps ground cumin seed
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 Tbsps fresh cilantro leaves
  • Tortilla chips, avocado, jalapeños, and sour cream to garnish



I slow cooked my chicken because I like shredded chicken in most dishes and I knew for certian that it was cooked through.  If cooking my way place 4 chicken breasts halves in slow cooker with a splach of water, salt, and pepper and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


If roasting poblano turn broiler on and place poblano in cracked oven and let skin blacken.  When ready place poblano if dish and cover with plastic wrap and let cool.  Once cool peel skin off and seed.  Dice up and reserve for the soup).  


Preheat oven to 350°.  In a bowl, toss tomatoes with half the oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of black pepper.  Spread on a baking pan and roast until light brown, 25 to 30 minutes.


While tomatoes are roasting, in a stockpot over medium heat, sauté onion, celery, peppers, and garlic in remaining oil.  Stir frequently until soft and translucent.


To stockpot add chicken stock, lime juice, cayenne, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer 20 minutes.


Remove roasted tomatoes from oven (peel should be falling off), and add to broth.


Add chicken-breast strips and simmer 10 minutes. (Shred slow cooked chicken and place into soup and simmer for 10 minutes).


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