- olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 yellow chiles (I used Hungarian wax chiles), seeded & stemmed
- 4 corn tortillas, ripped into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with chilies (I subbed 2 cups leftover Roasted Corn Salsa for this and the corn)
- 4 cups Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth
- 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
- 1 cup corn
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
- sour cream
- corn tortillas, cut into strips and fried
- lime wedges
Heat olive oil in a medium Dutch oven (or deep, heavy pot) over medium heat; sauté onions and garlic for about 3 minutes, or until softened and just beginning to color. Add tortillas, chiles, and spices and sauté for another few minutes, stirring constantly. Pour in tomatoes with their juices and the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let bubble gently for 5-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Purée in batches in a blender until smooth. If desired, strain back into dutch oven. Add chickpeas and corn and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in sour cream and cheese. Season to taste with salt.
The only downside to this soup, for me, is the flavors ended up reminding me a lot of curry, which isn't exactly what I want in my tortilla soup. I think, if i were to make it again, I'd replace the turmeric and cumin with taco seasoning mix. This time, I just mixed in a bit of tomato salsa in my bowl.