This smoked chicken tortilla soup is a great way to use up leftover smoked chicken or turkey, with black beans, corn, and veggies. A masa slurry is added to thicken it, and it's packed with smoky, deep flavor. Serve with tortilla strips, avocado, cilantro, and lime wedges.
fried tortilla strips, avocado, cilantro, and lime wedgesfor serving, optional
Heat the olive oil (2 tablespoons) in a large pot with a lid or Dutch oven. Sauté the diced onion, bell pepper, and jalapeños until softened and starting to brown (about 5 minutes).
Add the garlic powder (1 teaspoon), smoked paprika (1 teaspoon), cumin (1 teaspoon), and ground coriander (1 teaspoon). Stir to coat the veggies in the spices and sauté for 30 seconds to a minute, until the spices are fragrant and a bit toasted.
Add the tomato paste (6 oz.) and stir to coat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
Pour in the chicken broth (6 cups). Stir to scrape up any stuck-on bits at the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, mix masa (1/4 cup) with 1/4 - 1/2 cup cold water or more chicken broth in a small bowl or pyrex measuring cup until dissolved to make a slurry.
Stir in the shredded smoked chicken (2 cups), black beans (30 oz.), diced tomatoes (15 oz.), and frozen corn (1 cup). Pour in the masa slurry to the soup and stir. Cover and simmer for 20 more minutes.
Turn off heat. Stir lime juice to soup and season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
Serve topped with crispy tortilla strips, avocado, cilantro, and lime wedges, if desired.
This soup can be made in bulk and frozen for up to 6 months in an airtight container.
Make fried tortilla strips from scratch: cut corn tortillas into strips about 1/2" wide. Fry the strips in oil in a cast iron skillet until crisp, but not too brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain and sprinkle with salt. Alternatively, you may brush with olive oil and make baked tortilla chips in the oven at 375 degrees F on a parchment lined baking sheet until crisp (about 12-15 minutes).
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