I love chicken tortilla soup. I used to get it almost every time I went out to eat.
Now that we don't go out to eat much, this is my homemade version. No surprise, I think it is better than the soups I used to buy at restaurants.
Sauté chopped onions and red bell pepper in olive oil and salt until soft. Add chopped garlic, chopped jalapenõ, cumin, chili powder, and oregano just after the onions soften. Add: canned (or fresh) tomatoes, canned green chilies, cooked black beans, zucchini, squash, corn, cubed chicken, and chicken broth and bring to a low boil. Stir in some corn meal and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Squeeze in fresh lime juice and a generous amount of chopped cilantro just before serving.
I like to serve it over some crushed tortilla chips with avocado on top. If I want to kick up the heat, I stir a small amount of pureed chipotles in adobo sauce into my bowl. (We keep this in the fridge as a condiment. ) Seriously awesome!