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Pati Jinich Tortilla Soup

Tortilla SoupSopa de Tortilla

Serves: 6

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3 guajillo chiles, stemmed and seeded

1 pound ripe tomatoes

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup roughly chopped white onion

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

6 cups chicken broth

1 sprig fresh parsley

12 corn tortillas, cut into 1- to 2-inch strips

1 ancho or pasilla chile, stemmed, seeded, cut into 1-inch strips and quickly fried (optional, for garnish)

Vegetable oil, for frying

8 ounces queso fresco, diced

1/2 cup Mexican-style cream, crème fraiche or sour cream

1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, meat scooped out and diced

To Prepare

Set a comal or skillet over medium heat. Once it is hot, toast the guajillo chiles for about a minute per side.

In a medium saucepan, place the toasted guajillos, tomatoes, and garlic clove and cover with water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer anywhere from 12 to 15 minutes, until tomatoes are fully cooked and mushy, and the guajillos have rehydrated and plumped up.

Place the guajillos, tomatoes, garlic and onion in a blender, along with 1 cup of the simmering liquid and salt. Puree until completely smooth.

In a large soup pot, heat the 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, but not smoking, pour in the tomato puree. It will sizzle, make noise and smoke. Partially cover with a lid, if you need to. Let the puree cook, season and thicken, changing from a bright red to a darker red and thicker consistency, for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the chicken broth, add the parsley sprig and once it comes to a simmer, continue simmering for another 10 minutes. Before serving, remove the parsley sprig.

To prepare the garnishes: Fry or bake the tortilla strips. Flash fry the ancho or pasilla chile strips, literally 5 seconds in already hot oil in a skillet set over medium heat, drain in a paper towel.

Serve in soup bowls. Add a handful of tortilla crisps, and let people decide how much cream, queso fresco, chile crisps and avocado to add to their bowls. Or, if you don’t want to give anyone a choice, place all the garnishes in the soup plates, and pour the hot soup into the bowls at the table.


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Hi Pati,
I made your tortilla soup for dinner tonight and the whole family loved it!! I have tried many of your recipes now and have Never been disappointed! Thanks for sharing:)

Thanks for writing!

Hola Pati,

I just wanted to say how much my husband Ruben and I enjoy your show. This season is amazing, I love seeing you with your family. Your spunky attitude is a joy! We are really loving your recipes.



Beatriz, Thank you so much for your lovely message – and for watching!! So excited to hear you like the new season!

Hola Pati,
You are awesome ! Thanks for your flavorful. Recipes .

Hola Trish! Thank you!!

Saw your show for the first time today and plan to try your tortilla soup and lime pound cake soon. Think it will be nice to make some authentic mexican food

Hi Pamela, So happy you found the show! Thank you for watching. I hope you do try the tortilla soup & lime pound cake. Let me know what you think of them…

Hello Pati! Your recipes look great! I plan to try several of them within the next couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing. Much success!

Thanks for your message Claudette!

Hola Ms. Pati,
I am so engulfed in your show and love to watch you shine in the kitchen. You make everything look so easy and beautiful. I absolutely adore the way you interact with your sons in the kitchen.
I have two twin 8 year old boys and all i hear is ‘Mom, im hungry’. They have a bottomless stomach. I enjoyed your sons expression when he was eating the Shredded Flank Steak in Green Salsa. I need to keep my little men’s stomache full.
You are a very beautiful person inside and out and I wish you much success in all of your endeavors. :)

-Gloria (Houston, Texas)

Many thanks Gloria!!! I hear you when you say your kids say “mom, I’m hungry”….

Loved your show making your soup tomorrow. Wish me luck…
Looked so good.
Thanks so much.

You will make an awesome soup, Lynda!

I saw your show for the first time a couple of weeks ago and just had to TAPE it! You make cooking for your family look like such a pleasure~ I wanted to immediately make the soup and pound cake, but didn’t have the ingredients handy. SO glad for your website. Thanks for all the happiness you exude on your show. Love it~

Thank you for your message, Shay!

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