Growing Chefs! Ontario Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup

This recipe adapted from Chef Karla Conde is jam packed with authentic Mexican flavours but is relatively easy to make!
Serves 4-6
4 cups chicken stock (can substitute vegetable broth)2 chiles pasilla (can substitute 1 tablespoon of chile powder)1 teaspoon vegetable, grape or canola oil5 roma tomatoes1 small 6 oz can of tomato paste5 cilantro stems1 small white onion4 cloves of garlic1 teaspoon epazote (omit if you don’t have any)4 corn tortillas More oil for brushing Salt to taste Pepper to taste
TongsBlenderBaking sheet lined with parchment (x2)Pastry brush (optional)Wooden spoonSmall bowlPotCutting board and paring knifeLadleMeasuring cups and spoons


Avocado cut in cubes Queso fresco cut in cubes or grated cheddar/ Monterey jack Mexican crema or sour cream Cilantro leaves (optional)

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Preheat the oven to 375. Halve the tomatoes, cut the onion into quarters and peel the garlic. Place them all on a baking sheet and smear the tomatoes with the tomato paste.

Measure out all ingredients.

Get Cooking!

Place the vegetables in the preheated oven and roast the vegetables until a bit of black color is achieved (about 25 minutes). Meanwhile crack open the chiles, discard the seeds and stem and tear it into pieces. Cover the chiles with 1 cup of boiling water and let sit to soften. Add tomatoes, onions, garlic, epazote, cilantro stems, chiles and soaking liquid to a blender and blend into a smooth sauce.

In a large pot, heat vegetable oil on med heat, add tomato sauce and cook for about 3 min, lower heat and simmer for another 5 min. Add stock and simmer for 10 – 12 min.

Lower the oven temperature to 350F. Cut the tortillas into strips. Brush them with oil and bake for about 5 minutes or until crispy and golden.

To serve, ladle soup in bowls and add tortilla strips. Drizzle over some crema and add garnishes, reserving some garnishes on the side to add as needed.