June gloom is in full effect, folks! As a San Diego native, I’m not the biggest fan of cold weather. Although I will say the runner in me enjoys this weather–but other than that, no bueno. I remember the beginning of last year when I first moved back home, I would complain about the random brisk days San Diego would have (totally bi-polar!) and my friends would be like, “You lived in the Eastcoast for 2 ½ years! You should be used to this.” To which I would reply with a confused Nick Young face, “No… It doesn’t work like that. Nope, I still hate the cold!”
Anywho, I digress. To help combat the cold weather to come, I made one of my all-time favorite soups! Initially, I would make this recipe in my crockpot with raw chicken breasts in my dorm but ever since I rekindled my relationship with my kitchen, I found that you’re easily able to make this on the stovetop within ~20 minutes, tops! I stumbled upon this recipe about 2 years ago and still use it today. I have modified it a bit so I’ll list my own personal ingredients and credit the original sources that helped make this recipe possible :-)
Original recipe: Skinnytaste’s “Turkey Chili Taco Soup”
In lieu of the taco seasoning called for in the original: Alton Brown’s “Taco Potion #19”
You might question as to why I don’t just buy the pre-made taco seasoning found at your local grocery store (…or you might not, oh well. Still going to address it!) — the reasoning behind why is if you read the ingredient list, there’s usually some form of MSG or extra add-ons that I find that are unnecessary. Alton Brown’s “Taco Potion #19” is super simple to make and I find that I use the spices called in the recipe on a regular basis!
Also, before I go on to the ingredient list and the instructions, I just want to thank my homie Marleia (a.k.a. Mardizzle/Lei/Leia/Lei Lei) for inspiring me yet again to expand my horizons :-) Leia, if you’re reading this, I appreciate you so much and am beyond thankful to have you in my life! I know I despised you in elementary school when we were both in the Lady Aztecs Basketball league but our friendship has blossomed over the years and I thank God everyday for that. Ok totally done being sappy! ❤
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serve with toppings such as avocado, tortilla chips, squeeze of lime, Cholula or your favorite hot sauce, sour cream/Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, onions, and/or cilantro then enjoy!