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Tortilla Soup 3

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Stack tortillas; cut into 1/2-inch wide strips. Spread loosely on wire rack; let stand 1 or 2 hours to dry slightly.
  2. Combine tomatoes, onion and garlic in blender container; process until smooth. Heat 3 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add tomato mixture; cook, stirring frequently, 10 minutes.
  3. Add stock and cilantro sprigs to pan; heat over high heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes. Add mint and salt; simmer 10 minutes longer. Remove and discard cilantro and mint sprigs; keep soup hot, covered.
  4. Melt enough lard in heavy, large skillet to 1/2-inch depth. Heat to 375 degrees F; adjust heat to maintain temperature.
  5. Fry 1/2 tortilla strips at a time in lard, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon; drain on paper toweling. Fry chiles in lard, turning occasionally, until puffed and crisp, about 30 seconds. Do not let chiles burn. Drain on paper toweling. Cool slightly.
  6. Crumble chiles coarsely.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls; pass chiles, tortilla strips, cheese and chopped cilantro to be added according to individual taste.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


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