Bruce Tortilla Soup – Recipe

I hate to cook. I mean I really hate to cook. It’s not that I can’t cook. When I do cook, it’s always received very well. It’s just that cooking makes a mess. And messes are very difficult for people with OCD to deal with. (Yes, I have OCD.)

I do have a spaghetti sauce recipe that I like. I’ve never eaten anything like it anywhere else.  Fundamentally, I think it’s because I start with a roast, rather than ground meat. Secondly, I think it’s because I almost always use game meat. (Speaking of which, I have a bunch a venison in the freezer. I see more spaghetti sauce coming on!)

One thing I have learned to make is tortilla soup. I decided I wanted to make tortilla soup at Thanksgiving time in 2011, because I hate the big holiday production (again, the OCD) but I still wanted to cook a turkey. I decided I would make turkey tortilla soup. It also happened that my husband would be out of town that day, so it was just going to be me and the boy, so simple was better. (It wound up not being just me and the boy, and the tortilla soup was just perfect to share with my guests!)

I searched the Internet for a while and read up on the various recipes for tortilla soup. I picked out the common themes and created my own recipe, keeping it as simple as possible. I was basically winging it. Here’s my recipe for turkey tortilla soup:


1 can (15 oz) red enchilada sauce

1 can (15 oz) stewed (or some other kind of) tomatoes (just plain, no spices or addtional stuff)

2 cups of chicken broth

1 tsp cumin

1/2 cup Half-and-Half

1 cup (or however many you want) crushed white corn tortilla chips

2 cups (or whatever) chopped up turkey bits (pre-cooked white meat)

Mix the enchilada sauce, tomatoes, chicken broth, cumin, and turkey in a crock pot. Put it on low. AT some point during the day, realize that you forgot to add the half-and-half and add that. When you’re bored, crush up some tortilla chips and add them. Later on, add some more turkey and some more corn chips. (The moral here is that the amounts of turkey and chips are not exact.)

Cook all day in your crock pot on low.

Serve in bowls with extra corn chips as a garnish. I’m guessing shredded cheese would also be good on top, but I forgot to serve that. No one complained.

I imagine that you could add other veggies (most recipies call for these) and it would work out well. I also saw a recipe that recommended green enchilada sauce. That would probably be good too.

I have since made this recipe with chicken and with green enchilada sauce. It was good both ways.

So what’s this about “Bruce Tortilla Soup,” you ask?

This is Bruce. Sorry, this was Bruce:

Bruce - A "Black Sex Link" a cross between a Rhode Island Red sire and a Plymouth Rock dam.

Bruce – A “Black Sex Link” a cross between a Rhode Island Red sire and a Plymouth Rock dam.

Bruce was a beautiful rooster. He was good and protective of the flock. Actually a great bird to have around. The problem was, he has been aggressive toward us as well. He’d jumped at me a few times, and even bloodied my hand. He went after my husband and my brother-in-law. But worse than that, Bruce had gone after my son more than once. My son was so afraid of Bruce that he wouldn’t go outside if he saw the rooster. Well that’s it. We’re done.

We don’t really need a rooster, and as it happens, we actually have two. Here’s our other rooster, Rocky:

Rocky - Rhode Island Red

Rocky – Rhode Island Red

Rocky is a nice rooster. He’ll let us pet him. He’s definitely not the menace that Bruce was. Hopefully, his personality won’t change with Bruce gone.

In the meantime, we’ve got tortilla soup cooking! It’s going to be wonderful. I’ll let you know how it comes out. You’ll probably hear it first on Twitter, where I’ve been live tweeting it!






4 thoughts on “Bruce Tortilla Soup – Recipe

  1. Wow, that sounds good. But then so does the spaghetti and turkey. I think I’m hungry. I better go start dinner.

    I use corn tortilla chips to thicken chili. I like a chili that holds its shape for a moment when you ladle it into a bowl.

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