Neiman Marcus Cafe Tortilla Soup

Neiman Marcus Cafe Tortilla Soup

Chef: Robert Metz
Restaurant: NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus

3/4 lb. unsalted butter
1 small red onion, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 to 4 celery sticks, chopped
1 large carrot, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 oz. taco seasoning
2 tablespoons. garlic, chopped
1-1/2 quarts chicken stock
6 soft corn tortillas, shredded
1 lb. chicken breast, cooked and chopped
4 to 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
3/4 oz. Cheddar cheese spread
1/2 teaspoon. baking soda
1 pint heavy cream

Sauté first 7 ingredients in large stockpot until tender. Stir in garlic and taco seasoning. Add chicken stock, corn tortillas and cooked chicken breast. Bring to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, cilantro and Cheddar cheese spread, then simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add baking soda; stir well. When foaming subsides, add heavy cream and simmer 30 minutes more. Garnish with baked tortilla strips.

Makes about 1 gallon.

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