My Grandma Joyce taught me to truly love a good bowl of tortilla soup! It’s perfect anytime of the year but especially in the fall with some good ol’ corn bread!

I recently tried this recipe by Emeril Lagasse. Usually my eyes glaze over when reading his recipes because they can be complicated. But this one was pretty basic and very delicious!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped, or 1 pasilla or green bell pepper and 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and chopped, for garnish


  1. In a Dutch oven or large heavy pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, peppers, salt, cumin, and coriander for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the cilantro and lime juice, and stir well.
  7. Garnish with your choice of avacado, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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