Sunday, June 6, 2010

Copycat Max & Erma's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yields approx. 15 servings

4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
2 cans chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup chunky salsa
1 can diced rotel, mild
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon red chili powder
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste


In a large (8-10 quart) stockpot combine and whisk together until smooth all eight cans of soup.

Add chicken broth. Add tomatoes, salsa, green chiles, onion, garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Bring all ingredients to a full boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour.

Add cilantro and chicken breast chunks. Simmer 45 minutes to an hour.

While soup is simmering, make your soup toppings:

Tortilla Strips

Cut flour tortillas into small thin strips.

Heat oil and deep fry tortilla strips until lightly browned.

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese and fried tortilla strips.