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Hearty (and Healthy) "Sausage" Tortilla Soup (Recipe)

Hearty (and Healthy) "Sausage" Tortilla Soup (Recipe)

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Oh, how I love me some Mexican food. Perhaps it’s a product of my childhood – every Sunday we’d go to Taco Bell for lunch and then to a local candy store for a sweet treat (my favorite was chocolate nonpareils). Since then, my tastes have developed beyond fast food tacos (though I do still enjoy an occasional trip down memory drive-thru lane). I’ve gotten pretty darn good at creating my own Mexi-masterpieces at home. Case in point: This yummy "sausage" tortilla soup. (Don't be deterred by the quotation marks around "sausage"--I promise, no harm will come to you.)

Sausage Tortilla Soup

The trick—lots of spice. A.k.a. Twice as much as the amount your eyes tell you looks “right.” It goes against your initial instincts to use one or two tablespoons of spices – it almost completely covers the meat at first. But then with a few flicks of the wrist, it settles in, soaks in, and becomes a delicious extension of the meaty goodness. Sublime.

Speaking of lime, this soup is enhanced with a nice hit of acid thanks to fresh lime juice in both the soup itself and the lime crema garnish. I love using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream—you get tons of flavor, with the added bonus of extra protein. Adding in the lime perks up the darker notes of the spices and adds a really nice zing. It’s all about balance, eh?

Sausage Tortilla Soup

I added fennel to give the ground turkey a sausage-y twist. Indeed, the floral spice of fennel makes this seem more like a chorizo or other spiced sausage, not just plain ground turkey—all without having to add in extra fat or miscellaneous animal parts that one normally finds in sausage. Bonus!

Another key element—crushed tortilla chips. I’ve heard about cooks using masa harina—basically corn flour—as a thickener in soups, so I figured, why not use tortilla chips? It’s the same basic concept and result, without having to buy an extra ingredient.

Sausage Tortilla Soup

All right, now that I’m done divulging all my little secrets to this soup, it’s high time I just tell you how to make it. Enjoy!

{I originally posted this a couple years ago, on my previous blog, when I participated in the 2015 Healthy Solutions Blogger Recipe Challenge. The company sent me a packet of their Authentic Chili/Tacos seasoning and I came up with this recipe. I didn’t win the contest (but—spoiler alert!!—I won the following year), but I still got the chance to develop this delicious recipe (and to share it with you!)}

Sausage Tortilla Soup

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