This spicy tortilla soup recipe is made with chicken or turkey, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, spices, poultry stock, and lime juice. This soup is served topped with monterrey jack cheese or queso fresco, tortilla chips, and avocado. Tortilla soup is usually made with chicken; however it’s very easy to also make it with turkey, and especially during the holiday season it’s a great way to use any Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. My uncle Clarence makes the best chicken tortilla soup, and he shared his family recipe – which I’ve slightly adapted using leftover cooked turkey or chicken. In his original recipe, he has a regular version and a “wild stuff” version of tortilla soup. The “wild stuff” version doubles the amount of cayenne pepper and uses the jalapeños with seeds/membranes included. I’ll let you decide which version you prefer, the regular one is spicy enough to make you feel it, without bringing tears to your eyes. Also, you can always add additional lime juice to help lower the spiciness level.
I used store-bought chicken stock for this recipe, however you can also make turkey stock from the turkey bones if you want extra turkey flavor. The base for this soup is what it gives it flavor: onions, cilantro, garlic, jalapenos, spices and tomatoes. [read more]
These sautéed brussels sprouts with chorizo and cilantro are easy to make and full of flavor, the chorizo and onions are cooked together, then you add sliced brussels sprouts, cook until done, and finish off with a bit of lemon juice and chopped cilantro. My kids used to say that brussels sprouts were “their most hated food ever”, and these are not your typical picky eaters. They love raw oysters, sushi, salads, spicy foods, and other things that I didn’t like as a kid. My strategy for getting them to like foods that they claim to not like, is to prepare the current disliked ingredient differently each time, and they have to at least try it. I also involve them in the cooking process and have them suggest ways to try preparing the dish or have them provide ideas on what spices/herbs to use for seasoning. [read more]