I just love a good, hearty soup in the winter – and especially on the gloomy, dark days in April when the showers are suppose to bring May flowers! You will often hear me say how canning and preserving is a year ’round adventure. Well, this recipe is testament to that notion!
Now there are several fun ingredients in this recipe – but please know, if you prefer a pinto bean over a black bean or dried Arbol peppers rather than dried Cayenne, feel free to swap out an ingredient listed with one you know your family will love.
Keep in mind, if you decide to use a lighter bean your soup will take on a lighter color like the soup shown in this image. Instead of black beans, this batch used garbanzo beans!
Chicken Tortilla Soup – makes approx. 8 quarts or 16 pints
This authentic flavored soup has amazing body and boasts delicious flavors! Perfect soup to enjoy during the colder winter months or anytime you feel like hosting an authentic Mexican dinner. Top this soup with thin tortilla strips, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and dash of Tabasco sauce before serving.
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 ½ cups carrots, sliced half-moon shaped ½” thick
1 large Vidalia onion, diced
16 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cups dried black beans
1 cup mild green chilies, chopped fine
2 cups of water
6 cups chicken stock (not broth)
4 cups corn kernels, fresh cut or frozen and thawed
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp ground chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
2-4 dried cayenne peppers
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp Canning Gel
In a small stainless steel stock pot, cover chicken breasts with 2” of water and boil until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Using canning tongs remove chicken and set aside to cool on a cutting board. Discard water. Once chicken has cooled, shred or cut into bite size pieces.
Bean Prep: Dried black beans may be added to the soup once they have been properly cleaned and rinsed in a colander. The beans will soften naturally during processing. If you prefer softer beans in your soup, you may pre-boil in a saucepan separately for 15 minutes, drain, rinse and then add to soup.
In a large stainless steel stock pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Mix well. Boil gently for 3 minutes then add cooked chicken. Bring to boil and boil gently for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove dried cayenne peppers from soup and discard.
Using a slotted spoon and funnel, fill your hot jars just over half full with the soup contents. Next, ladle soup broth overtop the soup contents being sure to leave a generous 1” headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace as necessary. If you prefer a thinner soup, simply ladle soup into hot jars.
Process in a pressure canner at 10 pounds of pressure; 75 minutes for pints and 90 minutes for quarts. Be sure to adjust pressure if living in a higher altitude.
The Canning Diva
Best part of pressure canning one-quart meals, soups and stews is you simply need to pop the lid, heat and eat!!! Super easy for busy, active lifestyles! Serve this delicious soup with a topping of thin tortilla strips, a dollop of sour cream and a dash of freshly chopped green onions!