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Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

August 2008
Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

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"This zesty soup is a great vegetarian version of chicken tortilla soup. Take advantage of fresh corn on the cob as many months of the year as you can find it. But, when cobs are nowhere to be found, frozen kernels are just fine." -Rach

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 40 mins

Ingredients
  • 3 poblano chiles
  • 6 corn tortillas, halved then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt
  • 6 ears fresh corn, kernels scraped from the cob, or two 10-ounce boxes frozen corn kernels
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Pepper
  • 1 32 ounce container  (4 cups) vegetable broth
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
Directions
  1. Preheat the broiler. Broil the poblanos until blackened, 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover and let cool. Peel, seed and chop the poblanos.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . On a baking sheet, toss the tortilla strips with 1 tablespoon oil and the cumin. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes; season with salt.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the corn and cook until charred at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the red onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the broth, tomatoes and poblanos.
  4. Divide the tortilla strips among 4 soup bowls. Add the avocado and a squeeze of lime juice. Ladle the soup over the avocado. Top with cilantro; serve with the sour cream.
Tip PAIR WITH:
  • Greg Norman Estates Sparkling Pinot Noir-Chardonnay NV (Australia), Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs NV (Washington)
Tip
  • Take advantage of fresh corn on the cob as many months of the year as you can find it. But, when cobs are nowhere to be found, frozen kernels are just fine.