Paladini Potpie

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Oh my goodness – this one’s a winner! A really easy, and absolutely delicious chicken tortilla soup. I made it for our ladies’ bible study dinner last night, and everybody loved it!

The following recipe filled an 8-quart soup pot. That’s a lot of soup. Served with tortilla chips and bread, it fed 18 ladies and John.  And there is some left over. You can easily cut the following recipe in half, but be sure to make enough so there is some for lunch the next day.


8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed

4 tbsp. olive oil

10 garlic cloves, minced

2 large onions, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 Tbsp cumin seed

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 bunch fresh cilantro, minced and snipped

2 cans olives

4 tablespoons bouillon paste

1 large #15 can of diced tomatoes

2 cans kidney beans

1 bag frozen corn


tortilla chips


Brown chicken in olive oil.

Add minced garlic and diced onions. Sauté till the onion is tender.

Add cumin and chili powder. Mix well. Cook for a few minutes.

Add tomatoes and bouillon.

Bring to a boil. Then lower to let it simmer for 20 minutes. Stir a few times.

Add olives along with the brine.

Add ½ cup of cilantro including the finely minced stems.

Add diced bell pepper.

Return to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add drained, rinsed kidney beans

Add frozen corn.

Add enough water to make 8 quarts. (*4 quarts if you are halving the recipe.)

Bring to a boil and simmer for an at least an hour.

Garnish with sour cream, green onion and the remaining snipped cilantro.

Serve with tortilla chips.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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