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Emeril's Mexican Tortilla Soup

Emeril Lagasse's Easy Recipes For Kids

GMA Recipes Lunch
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse has written a new cookbook for kids called "There's a Chef in My World."

The recipes are fun to prepare and are sure to please even finicky eaters.


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small jalapeño (about 2 teaspoons), stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes (2 to 3 small Roma tomatoes), chopped
  • tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pit removed, and diced (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
  • Cooking Directions

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.

    Heat the olive oil in a medium stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened.

    Add the garlic and jalapeño and sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

    Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. The chicken will brown slightly.

    Stir in the chicken broth, cumin, coriander, and lime juice.

    Bring the soup to a boil, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes.

    Stir in the cilantro and tomatoes and simmer an additional 5 minutes.

    Place about 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips in each serving bowl. Ladle the hot soup over the tortillas and garnish with a little extra cilantro, diced avocado, sour cream, and grated cheese, as you prefer.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, "Emeril's There's a Chef in My World," HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, lime, cilantro

    Course: Appetizer/Starter, Lunch, Soup

    More Info: Kids Friendly

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