Thursday, November 5, 2009

FINALLY!! Chicken tortilla soup that tastes like Cafe Rio

I LOVE Cafe Rio chicken tortilla soup and I have found some really yummy tortilla soup recipes that I really like, but none of them taste like Cafe Rio's. I decided to try this recipe in my Food Network magazine although I have to admit I was skeptical. I was wrong!! It tastes just like Cafe Rio's and it is amazing!! Not to mention super easy.

Puree in blender or food processor
-2 seeded, soaked ancho chilies (I could not find these but I looked up online and they are very similar to Poblano peppers so I used one really big fresh poblano)
-1 onion
-2 tomatoes (I used Roma)
-2 cloves garlic
Just rough chop all these ingredients then put in blender or processor and puree until smooth

In soup pot cover bottom of pot with olive oil or other kind of oil. Heat over med-high. Add puree to oil and fry for a minute or two.
Then add
-6 cups chicken broth
-4 torn corn tortillas. Tear them into about quarter size pieces.
-1/2 cup cilantro
-some shredded cooked chicken, or I just threw in about 6 frozen chicken cutlets and let them cook in the soup, less work!

Simmer until thick, about 1 1/2 hours. Less if you use cooked chicken. Add salt to taste, I added about 1 TBSP.

Serve with lime wedges, chopped avacados, cilantro, tortilla strips, and mexican cheese (queso fresco). I squeezed 1/4 lime into each bowl of soup and it was perfect.

ENJOY!! So yummy!


Kathryn said...

I have to add to your recipe! I looked up so many on the internet and they are all very similar. Here is what makes your soup recipe something that will really scare Cafe Rio:

2/3 can of coconut milk
2-3 T of taco seasoning
4 diced carrots
1/2 onion sliced (for the chunks)
1 can Rotel Lime and Cilantro diced tomatoes and chilies

Add to garnish:
Homemade pico de gallo, guacamole, cotija cheese, mozzerella cheese, flour tortilla.

Also, I put it in my crock pot. Simmered until chicken was cooked, (then shredded chicken and returned to pot) and veggie chunks were soft.

With these additions, you might need to put a retainer on a lawyer.

Thanks for the recipe!

Closet Crafter said...

Thank you for this recipe! I used to get this all of the time at Cafe Rio. I have been looking for the right recipe since we moved away from Utah and this one tasted just like I remembered. Thanks!!

Z & P said...

going to give your recipe a try, thanks for sharing it with us btw will you consider posting a picture with the recipe so we can pin it..pinterest wont let you pin things that don't have pictures :(