The Green Chutney

Spicy Tortilla Soup

May 26, 2012 by Mimi in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
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Living in California we are exposed to variety of Mexican foods. The Mexican food has similar spices to Indian spices. Probably that is one of the reasons people from India love the Mexican food.

Mexican food has become popular in California  within last 25 years. More awareness of Mexican food here may be because of Geographic connection.

when ever I have gone to a Mexican restaurant and wanted a Tortilla Soup, I had to check to see if they use any Chicken Broth -most restaurants use it and I end up not having it. So I decided to create my own with Vegetable Broth. Of course you can buy the Vegetable broth in many stores now. In this recipe, I am using Store bought Vegetable Broth as it saves time. Just remember- the Broth has more Sodium and so do Tomato Paste.  It is a Great  meal – or a Starter in Winter. This dish can be made, without  Cheese  for Vegan.

I use tortilla strips and put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes to make them crisp  instead of Store bought- it is matter of your time and taste.  I have used Corn in this recipe to give that special taste. Baby corn kernel in can or frozen will do.

I use  Chipotle Chilies from a Can. Which comes with spices and in oil. I use about two pieces and chop them fine Freeze the rest for later use. Or Mexican Hot Sauce is easy to use-  your favorite one.

Before I make any Mexican  dish,  most of the time I check my pantry and then take a trip to a local Mexican market and see what I need. I enjoy going to the market and browse to see  what is available.

Serving this dish is  very special. Let your Guests see how you add the garnish. Let them  garnish it themselves and Enjoy. This recipe makes four servings.




  • 1 Pkt ( 4 Cups) Pkt. available 32 OZ of Vegetable Broth sbout 4 cups
  • 1- Can(6 Oz) of Tomato paste- thick paste
  • 1 Cup cooked of Corn kernel- frozen or Can-drained
  • 1 Medium of Onion Chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon of Garlic- chopped
  • 2 Table spoon or less of Mexican Hot sauce
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 2 Tablesspoon of Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Tortilla Strips Toasted- One large plain Tortilla makes about that much
  • One firm but ripe of Avocado- cut in cubes before serving
  • 4 Tablespoon of Shredded cheddar Cheese for Garnish
  • 1/4 Cup of Chopped Cilantro for Garnish


  • Heat oil in a big pot, and saute Onions, Garlic, Add corn.

  • Add tomato paste and stir well, add 1 cup Broth and bring to boil.

  • Let it cool and then blend it so it becomes like paste.

  • Put the mixture back in to the pot and add the rest of the Broth and boil.

  • Now prepare the Garnish dish with last 4 Items with

  • Put soup in the bowl and add a little of each from the Garnish tray and add Avocado- Serve

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