Lime Soup with Tortilla Strips and Chile

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This chile lime soup ran in A Chile Lover’s Mexican Thanksgiving on our sister site. There are many variations of soup with tortillas throughout Mexico, and this is a variation that is popular in the Yucatán Peninsula. Chicken is commonly used but you can substitute leftover turkey in this delicate soup. The Mexican limes that are used in the Yucatán Peninsula differ from the Persian limes that are common in the United States in that they are smaller, darker green, and more tart than sweet. Although they are preferred, any lime can be substituted. Be sure to add the tortillas right before serving or they will become soggy. Photo by Norman Johnson; food styling by Denice Screpcinski.

tortilla lime soup
Lime Soup with Tortilla Strips and Chile
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Heat Scale: None but you could always jazz it up on your own
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
tortilla lime soup
Lime Soup with Tortilla Strips and Chile
Print Recipe
Heat Scale: None but you could always jazz it up on your own
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Deep fry the tortilla strips in 360 degree F. oil until crisp. Remove and drain.
  2. Place the chicken, onion, garlic, peppercorns, cinnamon, allspice, oregano, and broth in a pot. Bring to a boil and remove and any foam that comes to the top. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Allow the chicken to cool in the stock.
  3. Remove the chicken and remove the bones. Using two forks, shred the meat. Strain the broth and add enough water to make 1 quart of liquid.
  4. Reheat the broth with the tomato, lime juice and chile. Add the chicken and simmer until the chicken is hot.
  5. Place some of the tortilla strips in the bottom of a soup bowl, add the soup, garnish with a lime slice and cilantro and serve.
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Managing Editor | Mark is a freelance journalist based out of Los Angeles. He’s our Do-It-Yourself specialist, and happily agrees to try pretty much every twisted project we come up with.