If you are looking for a great soup for a party that is simple, fun, and flavorful, look no further. This has been a family favorite for years. The name says it all. This stuff was made for parties! It’s got a ton of great, hearty ingredients with a slight kick, but NOT too spicy for kids. Word of advice, you might want to double it because most people come back for seconds, despite feeling totally satisfied with their first bowl. Try this out on your family and let us know what you think!
Fiesta Chicken Soup
2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts (or tenders)
2 T. taco seasoning, divided
1 Tbs. minced dry onion
3/4 c. chopped celery
2 t. ground cumin
¼ t. black pepper
1 c. water
5 c. chicken broth
1 small can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 large can hominy (or use large can, if you prefer)
2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. crushed tortilla chips
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
Place chicken breasts on baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 T. taco seasoning. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes. (or about 15 minutes if using chicken tenders.) Cool and cut into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Bring water and broth, cumin, pepper and remaining taco seasoning, tomatoes to a boil. Add hominy and chopped celery. Simmer about 10 – 15 minutes or until tender. Add chicken pieces and cilantro. Simmer 3 – 5 more minutes to heat through.
Just before serving, let each guest, top their soup with their choice crushed tortilla chips, avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.