This soup is so easy, healthy, and delicious! The base is fresh and flavorful, and there are so many amazing toppings mixed in that each spoonful is a treat. There’s nothing like the combination of creamy queso fresco, rich avocado, crunchy tortilla strips, and lean chicken. If you are looking to eat healthier this year, why not start with this yummy hot soup? It is packed with tomatoes, avocado, onions, garlic, and chicken. How can you say no to superfoods and lean protein?
- 2 Tbsp oil
- 1-2 cups yellow onion, diced (1 medium-large onion)
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
- 2 lbs roma tomatoes
- salt to taste
- 2 avocados
- 10 oz queso fresco
- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded or diced
- 6 corn tortillas cut into strips
- oil for frying
Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat until hot, 3-5 minutes. Add oil and heat until hot, 30-60 seconds. Add onion, cook 1 minute stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute stirring occasionally.
Add whole tomatoes. You do not need to cut the stems off the tomatoes! You do not need to dice them! But go ahead and do those things if you want. This is a low effort soup but I’m not going to fight you about how much effort you want to put in. That would make it high effort for me.
Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes until the tomatoes are very tender.
Puree the soup using an immersion blender or traditional blender until it is very smooth. Return soup to pot and season to taste with salt. I measured how much salt I put in so I could tell you guys, but then I promptly forgot how much I used. ½ a teaspoon sounds like a good starting place though.
While the tomatoes are cooking, dice or crumble the queso fresco, prep your cooked chicken, and dice your avocado.
Add 1 inch of oil to a separate small pot. Heat the oil over medium heat until it crackles when a drop of water is added. Slice the tortillas thinly and fry them 1-2 minutes until crisp.
Serve soup hot with generous amounts of the toppings.
Tip: Queso fresco is easy to find at your local grocery store. Look for it in the cheese section.
I had an amazing roommate in college who shared my love of cooking. I still have some meals I make that she taught me and this is one of them. I had never heard of queso fresco before but, once I tried it, I was hooked. Don’t be intimidated by queso fresco; it is easy to find at your local grocery store in the refrigerated cheese section.
I love memories of eating this in our run-down college apartment. Cooking with someone else who loves to cook is a real treat for me. It’s so fun to share ideas and food.
It’s hard to find words to describe this soup because it’s so good and at the same time so unique. The ingredients are simple and they don’t hide behind a large list of seasonings. I don’t want to say “delicious” too many times but it’s hard not to. Stupendous! Fabulous! Fantastic! Too much?
The queso fresco is definitely one of the stars of this dish. It melts slightly when you add it to the hot soup, but doesn’t disappear into the soup like many cheeses would. The fried tortilla strips are the perfect complement to the other flavors and textures.
This soup is so easy there’s no reason to not try it! Bring some healthy deliciousness to your New Year!