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The Mission Inn Tortilla Soup

Posted by LladyRusty at anonymous 6:30:27am 5/26/03

Source: Contributed by Executive Chef Joe D. Cochran Jr. from The Mission Inn, Riverside, California - LA Times 10/26/95

1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 whole jalapeno or serrano pepper, diced
6 ounces V-8 juice
2 tablespoons chicken stock
2 cups hot water
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1 pinch chili powder
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 clove garlic minced
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup diced avocado
2 cups diced grilled chicken breast
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated

Heat butter and olive oil in heavy saucepan until butter melts. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add tomatoes and continue to cook until soft. Add jalapeno and V8 juice. Bring to boil and add stock and hot water. Bring to simmer. Add cumin, paprika, chili powder, white pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste and 1/4 cup cilantro. Cook, stirring occasionally.

Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Stir into tomato mixture. Simmer until liquid is shiny, about 10 minutes.

Cut tortillas into 1 1/2-inch strips and deep-fry in hot oil. Remove and drain.

To serve: Distribute 1/2 cup avocado, 1 cup chicken breast, 1/8 cup chopped cilantro and half the tortilla strips among 6 bowls. Ladle hot soup over this garnish and top with the remaining avocado, chicken breast, chopped cilantro, and tortilla strips. Pass grated Cheddar on the side.

Servings: 6

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