Blargh. Blergh. Nothing gets you down like a cold on a 60-degree day. Thankfully, I have about eight million gallons of soup in my freezer, that old-school, 100-percent fail proof cold cure. But since there isn’t a soup in the world quite as effective at cold-busting than a bowl of sopa azteca, or my bastardized version of it, I just had to break out the soup pot. Again. Seriously, it’s a good thing I like hearty, chunky soups, or I may have forgotten how to chew what with all this soup and ice cream coming out of my kitchen.
Sopa Azteca as I’ve understood and happily slurped down, is a spicy red broth cranked up with chilies, lime, and tortilla strips. Add a bit of shredded chicken, fresh cilantro, a few slices of avocado, and it’s a cure-in-a-bowl. Just the kind of soup to defeat any semblance of the sniffles. My version of sopa azteca however, is a bit different. It’s a bit like chicken noodle soup ran into a rice paddy, ditched those soggy noodles, and crashed into a pile of chilies, avocados, cilantro, and limes. That is of course, reliant upon the fact that soup has legs. Considering the kick to this soup, I wouldn’t say it didn’t…
Oops puns, you’ve gotten in the way of respectable…blogging. With the addition of rice, the normally thin broth of a sopa azteca is turned into thicker, heartier fare. Some would say the homemade fried tortilla strips were a bit of an overkill what with a starch already swimming in the bowl, but you probably shouldn’t feed those kind of people. The avocado, fresh limejuice, and chopped cilantro are absolutely mandatory. They create a bit of a deconstructed guacamole island in soup bowl, and one should never shy away from any form of guacamole. For the ten minutes or less it takes to slurp down this soup, you’ll first forget all about the need for Kleenex or those happy yellow cool burst pills. In fact, thanks to the natural medicinal qualities of chipotle, your sinuses will be cleared up for more than the time it takes to take down a bowl or two of soup.*
*Recall, I am a baker, not a doctor. Medicinal qualities refer to spicy spicy hot hot.
Recipe on the following page.