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Chicken Tortilla Soup & Quesadilla Casserole

As I’ve mentioned before I tried Tortilla soup for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was so good! I was shocked…for some reason I pictured it to be this big chunky vegetable-like soup. Not at all! It had a couple pieces of tomato and some corn and the rest was a tomato-like soup/broth.

I would love to replicate the soup, but there are a gazillion Tortilla soup recipes out there. May as well just start trying them!
I tried this crockpot recipe first…
Tortilla soup in the crockpot...hope it's yummy!

It had a kick to it. My guess it was a combination of the green chile peppers and cumin. I cheated a bit because as soon as I opened the can of whole tomatoes which I was suppose to just mash and then chop the onion I knew I wouldn’t like it. So I mixed all of the ingredients together except the corn and chicken and put it in the blender. I preferred more of a puree soup then a chunky soup (like I had at the restaurant!) I also left out the black beans because the other dish I was making also called for beans and that is just too many darn beans! I knew the younger kids wouldn’t love it, but Ken and Andrew devoured it. I thought it was just so-so, it was bit to spicy for me. We topped it with Tostitos Dipping Strips and a dollop of sour cream.

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

The other dish was a quesadilla recipe of beef, flour tortilla shells, corn, tomato sauce, black beans, and cheese. I left out the green chilies because again, I didn’t want them in both. I hoped that the kids would eat at least one of the items. Blake really like this casserole and Andrew ate it after I picked out his black beans. Ugh! Karli and Chase didn’t eat either of these items very well. I sort of knew they wouldn’t.

Quesadilla Casserole

Quesadilla Casserole

This is the problem with trying new recipes…the kids are so picky that it is hard to find something that they all will like. I just keep a good stock of fruity oatmeal, yogurt, cereal or PB&J…to give the kids that won’t eat whatever I make. Ironically I noticed that I don’t eat that much of whatever I make. I find by the time the food is done cooking I am sick of looking at it and I’m not hungry. That could be a good thing!

Our Ratings and Links for Recipes:

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Our Rating: B-
I would still like to try and find a better tasting Tortilla Soup recipe.

Quesadilla Casserole
Our Rating: D
Just wasn’t that spectacular and the kids didn’t like it…so I won’t make again.

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  • Reply Michele April 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Oops, of course that should say I’m bummed that the casserole WASN’T spectacular.
    Also, do you realize I will be there in less than a month! I don’t have my itinerary yet, I just know I’ll be arriving Sunday night and leaving Friday morning. I’m pretty sure it’ll be like a regular work day and I’ll be free in the evenings… I’m dreading the trip, but soooo excited to finally meet up with you! :)

  • Reply Michele April 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    The recipe I use for tortilla soup uses enchilada sauce as the base- I think that might be a bit spicy for you too. I’m bummed the quesadilla casserole was spectacular, it looks so good. All that cheese! :) It is now the 28th where are the rest of your recipes. Don’t tell me you haven’t eaten since you posted this!

    • Reply Candi April 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      Since making this we have only had Ken’s spaghetti which we just make using spaghetti sauce mixed with tomato sauce, tomato paste, and spices. He makes meatballs out of burger and he also puts in Italian sausage links (keeping them whole) and let the sauce simmer for several hours. I didn’t even think to take a picture of it because we have it all the time! Other than that we have had pizza, mac & cheese & hot dogs, etc… We thought we would have a chill week (and eat up some of the food we already have in the house) since the kids are on Spring Break. Should have some more new stuff next week!

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