MEXICAN TORTILLA SOUP: THE BEEF EDITION

This time I made this family favorite with ground beef rather than chicken or no meat at all, and it was every bit as tasty. Actually, Senior thought it was the best ever, and I was happy happy–until he likened it to goulash. Goulash? Really? Regardless, here’s another easy, mouth-pleasing, time-friendly recipe:

Mexican Tortilla Soup-The Beef Edition

1 lb lean ground beef

2 tbsp taco seasoning

1 cup diced onion

10 cups chicken broth

1-14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

1-10 oz can Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice and Cilantro

1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1-15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1-4 oz can diced green chile peppers

juice of 1 lime

salt and pepper to taste

3 large flour tortillas cut into 2″ x 1/4″ pieces

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced thin

1) To large soup pot over medium-high heat, add ground beef and cook 6-8 minutes until browned; drain fat; reduce heat to medium, add taco seasoning, and stir to coat beef; add onions and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally

2) Add chicken broth, both tomatoes, both beans, green chiles, and lime juice; season with salt and pepper to taste; reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

3) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees; spread flour tortilla strips on baking pan and toast in oven 8-10 minutes until crisp and golden; remove from oven and set aside while soup continues cooking

4) Serve soup with sides of: tortilla strips, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and avocado (coarsely chopped cilantro is also a great addition)

Serves: 6-8 dinner-sized portions

NOTE: This is a “repeat” recipe featured on my original “Kitchen Novelist” blog 04/24/12

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