I was well into adulthood (well, in my twenties at least) before I’d ever tasted chicken tortilla soup. It quickly became one of Drew and I’s favorite meals. So delicious!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Serves 6-8.

-1 Tablespoon butter
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
-2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
-1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
-1 can whole kernel corn, or 1 cup frozen corn
-1-2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
-6-8 cups chicken broth
-1 teaspoon chili powder
-1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
-1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 medium avocado, cubed

For serving:
-shredded cheese
-sour cream
-tortilla chips
-hot sauce, optional

1. Chop onion and garlic, set aside. Shred chicken. Open cans and drain/rinse beans.
2. In dutch oven or large soup pot (over medium/high heat) melt butter. Add onion and saute for a few minutes. Add garlic and saute for about 30 more seconds.
3. Add in black beans, pinto beans, tomatoes and green chilies, corn, and chicken. Stir.
4. Add 6-8 cups chicken broth (depending on how broth-y you like your soup).
5. Add in spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper).
6. Place lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Soup is done with all ingredients are heated through.
7. Stir in avocado cubes. (note: you can just add these as a topping on individual bowls, but I like to add them into the soup itself. The broth keeps the avocado from turning brown for leftovers.)
8. Serve warm with a generous dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese (I use freshly shredded white cheddar), and tortilla chips! Enjoy!

***UPDATED 5/2/2015***


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