Fried tortilla soup

Fried tortilla soup

Sopa de tortilla

M is for Mexican
15 mins
Cooking time
45 mins


Quantity Ingredient
200g fresh vine tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves
2 pasilla chillies, 1 halved and deseeded, 1 deseeded and finely sliced
1 onion, cut into eighths
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 large corn tortillas, cut into strips
600ml hot chicken stock
sea salt
1 avocado, finely chopped
50g feta, crumbled


  1. Preheat your oven to 220ºC. Place the tomatoes, garlic, halved chilli and onion in a roasting tin in a single layer and add 1 tablespoon olive oil and a large pinch of salt. Mix well, then roast for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frying pan. On a medium heat, fry the tortilla strips in batches for a couple of minutes per side, until golden-brown. Remove to a plate lined with kitchen paper, and continue until all the strips are fried. Toss with a pinch of sea salt while still warm. Add a little more oil to the pan, if needed, and fry the finely sliced chilli for a couple of minutes, until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl lined with kitchen paper.
  3. Once the tomatoes and onions are cooked, remove the roasted pasilla chilli from the tin and place it in the hot chicken stock to soften for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the skin from the roasted garlic cloves, then place in a blender or food processor, along with the roasted tomatoes, onions and softened chilli. Blend until smooth.
  5. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan and add the blended tomato and onions. Fry for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the chicken stock. Simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Divide the fried tortilla strips, chopped avocado and feta between two bowls and pour the soup over the top. Serve the fried chilli alongside for people to add if they wish.
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