Today is a raining and cloudy day in Montreal and when the weather is grey, we feel like soup. So, this week’s recipe of the day is one of my favorite soups, Tortilla soup! I learned how to make this soup for my husband. I tried it for the first time in Tasco, Mexico in a beautiful little restaurant overlooking the city. It was so delicious that I wanted to learn how to make it so we can enjoy it whenever we like.
As you know, EC Montreal has a gastronomy programme. This is our plus programme that compliments our General English or General French programme beautifully. EC Montreal works with a lot of different gastronomy vendors; Ateliers et Saveurs, Mezzaluna, Appetite for Books, the Lincoln Apartment Bakery and Chef en vous are among the best cooking schools in the city and we are proud to work with them.
Appetite for Books often hosts international cooking lessons where they feature cuisines from different countries. Mexican cuisine is very popular and are students love learning how to make these beautiful and colourful dishes!
I taught my work colleague and dear friend, Renee, how to make Tortilla Soup. She loved it the first time she tried it and wanted to learn how to make it for her family. Now, I am happy to share my version of Tortilla Soup with all of you. For this recipe you will need:
1 package of corn tortilla
2 litres of chicken stock
1 whole rotisserie chicken
6 large jalapenos
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 large white onion
1 large red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 large avocado
1/2 cup of corn oil
Heat up corn oil. Cut tortilla into thin strips. Fry the tortilla strips until golden brown. Remove the strips from the hot oil and place on paper towels. Reduce the temperature of the oil before the next step. Place chopped onion, garlic and jalapenos in the oil and sauté. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the can of diced tomatoes and shredded chicken. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for at least 2 hours.
When the soup is ready, ladle in a soup bowl and top each bowl with cilantro, diced red onion, cubed avocados and the fried tortilla strips. You can squeeze the juice of some limes over the top to really freshen up the flavor. I hope you will give this recipe a try. It is packed full of flavor and I am sure you will enjoy it! We will be posting the recipe on Microsoft Teams where you can access your English or French online classes.