Tuesday, May 18, 2010

10-Minute Shrimp and Tortilla Soup (+ the TORTILLA SOUP challenge!)

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It's official.  Tortilla Soup is OFFICIALLY my favorite soup.  Top o' the list.  Numero uno.  The best.  Can't get enough.  Remember a couple of days ago when I tried a different (to me) Tortilla soup recipe?  I liked it.  It was yummy.  But it started me thinking...why in the world was I limiting myself to just one recipe?  Sure, I love it...the bomb, remember!?  God, how much of a dork am I?  I mean...who says the bomb anymore?  Or dork for the matter.  I digress.  But it is.  The bomb. I love food. I love the combination of earthy, spicy, smooth, bright, crunchy, warm, comforting all in one bowl.  So, then and there I decided that I was going on a quest.  A quest to explore all the different variations of Tortilla Soup...in all their glory!  I know I won't love every one.  But I betcha I'll seriously dig the majority.  Okay, my quest begins here and now.  Well, I guess it really began a few days ago when I first strayed from my "the bomb" recipe.  But now is when it becomes official!

I'm starting my quest off with a bang.  I cleared my head of all expectations of what Tortilla Soup should be and went for a version much different from my first two.  


10-Minute Shrimp and Tortilla Soup
adapted from everyday FOOD
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serves 4

4 corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
sea salt
1 small yellow onion, cut into small dice
4 fat garlic cloves, minced
12-16 chipotles en adobo w/ some of the sauce, minced
7 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
3 cups fresh corn (from four ears) or frozen corn
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled & deveined

for serving:
diced avocado
fresh cilantro
lime wedges
queso fresco, cubed


Preheat oven or toaster oven to 450° F.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss tortilla w/ 4 teaspoons of the oil; season with salt. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 5 mins.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; season with a pinch of salt. Cook until onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add chipotle and cook until fragrant, ~30 seconds. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add corn and cook until tender, ~1 minute. Add shrimp and cook until opaque throughout, 1-2 minutes. Serve with tortilla strips and desired toppings.
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I know, right!!!  Slurp.  Monch.  I was seriously pleased with this one!  It was simple.  It was full of flavor.  And if made with DOUBLE the chipotle...it is one hell of a hangover cure!  Seriously, a bowl of this with double the chipotle and a bottle of cold cerveza the morning after would have you kickin' in no time!  I added the extra cuz we like it hot around here.  We're used to it, right?  Right.  Unfortunately I didn't realize just how hot I had made it until I accidentally sucked it down my air pipe on the first bite!!  Holy coughing fit, Batman!  It was like that first pull from a joint or so I've heard that leaves you breathless with tears running down  your face.  But once you recover and regain composure, there's nothin' but a smile.  And sweat...beads of it poppin' up on your forehead and neck. And pulsing lips.  Oh man...it was some good sh!t.  For those of you who don't dig that feeling - cut down on the chipotle.  You've been warned. 

Okay, now...I NEED YOUR HELP!!!  I know lots of you who already love (or at least tolerate) Tortilla soup and still others who want to try it...NOW is the time!  Actually...anytime over the next year, but the sooner the better.  I am going to be trying new recipes from all sorts of sources...whatever I can get my Tortilla Soup-lovin' hands on!  I want to hear your favorites, as well...I also want to hear about your not-so-favorites.  Here's whatcha do:

1. Find or Create a Tortilla Soup recipe
2. Make it =)
3. Blog it...GRAB THE TORTILLA SOUP CHALLENGE BADGE and stick it in your post (because I need more people to see it and in turn make it, blog it, etc.) or simply link back somehow.
4. Follow the link on the badge back to this post and link it up at the bottom!  Leave a comment after adding your link...in case I get lost in la-la land and forget to come back and check for a while.
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It's that simple...but just imagine how many versions I'll be exposed to!  And I'll have your opinions...your  help on my quest.  And YES, if you have an old post on Tortilla soup, feel free to link that up, as well.  I will be posting a round-up of all the versions I get each month...sort of a re-cap and an incentive for those who may have...um...forgotten.


My quest is scheduled to last 1 year. ONE WHOLE YEAR!  I've left the link-er-thingy open for a year.  You can link your recipes (as many as you like, as long as they're Tortilla Soup) any time in the next year, as well.  I hope to try at least one new recipe a month.  At least.  Also, no worries if somebody else has already blogged a certain recipe...we all know how each person has different tastes and different interpretations and different adaptations...I want to know Tortilla Soup inside and out by the time the year is out.  I think it'll be fun to see the variations as the seasons change...at peak tomatoes & corn & chiles vs. canned, dried, frozen...ah, the possibilities.  I can't wait to see if my original favorite is my favorite after a year on my quest.

Rounding up the Tortilla Soup