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Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy

    Chicken tortilla soup with hominy.
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    This nourishing bowl of chicken tortilla soup with hominy is brimming with Mexican flavors and packed with vitamins and minerals.

    Chicken tortilla soup with hominy.

    It’s always soup season in my house, but I will admit I get especially excited about soup when the temps dip below freezing here in Michigan. As the weather has turned more and more towards winter, I whipped up this delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy as a quick dinner that we could easily turn into lunches throughout the week. There’s nothing quite like the kick of a spicy soup on a cold, winter’s day.

    Ingredients

    • Onions: I use a white onion as it’s mild enough that everyone, adults and kids, like the taste.
    • Zucchini: A squash that takes on the flavor of what it’s cooked with, it’s a great source of many vitamins and nutrients.
    • Red bell pepper: A bit stronger in flavor than other bell peppers, since they’ve been on the vine the longest, red peppers tend to be packed with the most nutrients.
    • Garlic: Nutty and somewhat buttery that sweetens as it cooks with the onion.
    • Chipotle peppers in adobo: Adds a delicious punch to the soup. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, make sure you remove the seeds to keep the soup mild.
    • Cumin: Warm and nutty in flavor, it’s very commonly found in Mexican recipes.
    • Smoked paprika: I like to use smoked paprika for the smoky flavor it adds compared to the more mild regular paprika.
    • Chicken stock: A warm, full base for the soup’s broth.
    • Diced tomatoes: I like to use fire roasted tomatoes for a bit of additional flavor, but you can use whatever you have on hand!
    • Hominy: Another common ingredient in Mexican cuisine, hominy is made from dried corn kernels.
    • Chicken breast: High in protein while low in calories, chicken is an affordable and accessible protein.

    How to Make

    Liz cutting red pepper

    Start your Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy by preparing all of your ingredients. Dice your bell pepper, zucchini, and onion, shred your chicken, and drain and rinse your hominy.

    Onion added to pot

    Then in a large pot over medium-high heat, add a bit of oil or cooking spray and add the diced onion.

    Adding veggie mix to pot

    Add in the red pepper and zucchini, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauteed for about 5 minutes.

    Grating garlic into pot 1

    Then use a microplane to freshly grate in your garlic cloves, and add the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

    Adding seasoning to soup

    Sprinkle in the cumin and smoked paprika and cook for an additional couple minutes.

    Adding brother to pot

    Next you’ll for in the chicken broth.

    Adding diced tomatoes to soup

    Followed by the diced fire roasted tomatoes.

    Adding drained hominy to soup

    Then add the drained and rinsed hominy.

    Adding chicken to soup

    Finish by adding the shredded chicken.

    Chicken tortilla soup

    Stir so that all ingredients are fully mixed, season with a bit of additional salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes.

    Garnishing chicken tortilla soup with hominy.

    Serve with your favorite toppings, like crushed tortilla chips and cilantro, and enjoy your Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy!

    Easy Substitutions

    • Make it vegetarian: Use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth, add some corn, and use black or navy beans instead of chicken to still have meatless protein.
    • Use what you have. Don’t have chicken? Use beef or pork. Don’t have hominy? Use black beans. You can really make this recipe your own!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What toppings go well with chicken tortilla soup?

    Be sure to top each warm bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup with fresh cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice for good measure. Diced avocado, jalapeños, shredded cheese, or plain yogurt/sour cream are also great options!

    Is this soup freezer friendly?

    This soup is very freezer friendly and can last up to 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag.

    How do you thicken Mexican tortilla soup?

    Flour or cornstarch can be added to the broth to make it a bit thicker.

    Chicken tortilla soup with hominy.

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    Liz enjoying chicken tortilla soup with hominy.

    My Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy is sure to please the whole family. Make a double batch and freeze half of it, you’ll thank me later when you don’t want to cook on a cold night!

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    Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup with Hominy

    This nourishing bowl of chicken tortilla soup with hominy is brimming with Mexican flavors and packed with vitamins and minerals.

    PREP: 10 mins

    COOK: 45 mins

    TOTAL: 55 mins

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    • Heat a large soup pot over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Sauté onion, zucchini and red peppers until softened, 5-6 minutes.

    • Add garlic, chipotle peppers, cumin and smoked paprika and cook another 2 minutes.

    • Stir in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, hominy and cooked chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    • Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Garnish with crushed tortilla chips and fresh cilantro to serve.

    Is this soup freezer friendly?

    This soup is very freezer friendly and can last up to 3 months in the freezer.

    Could this be made in a slow cooker?

    Yes. 6 hours in low would work. Be sure to use uncooked chicken.


    Serving: 16ouncescalories: 283caloriesCarbohydrates: 31.4gprotein: 23.9gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 1.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 706mgfiber: 5.5gSugar: 4.7g


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