Chicken Tortilla Soup

Yesterday I found the “pet” setting on my camera and took some cute pictures of my precious cat Carmen. Then I messed around and found a “food” setting and I wanted to practice using the “food” setting, like I used the “pet” setting yesterday. However, I didn’t want to just take a picture of our dinner without at least letting  you know how I made it… So, if you want to try this easy to make, delicious to eat, chicken tortilla soup, here is the recipe… Now, let’s get started!


3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

6 cups chicken stock

4 cups half-and -half ( I used fat-free)

One 10 oz can cream of chicken soup (I used 98% fat-free)

1 cup prepared salsa, mild or spicy

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked, and cubed

2 15- oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed

One 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained (I used 1 cup frozen corn)

2 teaspoons ground cumin

One package fajita seasoning

1 small can diced green chili

One bag tortilla strips

Sour cream for garnish (I used fat-free)

Monterey Jack and sharp Cheddar cheese grated for garnish (optional)

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and the onion and sauté until softened, 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir well, cooking for 1 minute more. Add the broth and half-and-half. Stir in the cream of chicken soup, salsa, cubed chicken, beans, corn, cumin and fajita seasoning. Continue to simmer over low heat until ready to serve.


When serving: Put some tortilla chips into individual bowls and top with some soup. Sprinkle each serving with cheese (if desired, I didn’t use cheese this time) and add a dollop of sour cream.



Side note: Unlike when I used the “pet” setting where I could see a difference in the picture…To be honest, I can’t tell that much of a difference between using the “food” setting on my camera or just using one of the automatic settings…  The food pictures look the same as they always have to me. Except to say that by the time I get the food setting all set, if I wanted to take a picture of the steam coming off the bowl of soup…like you see in the magazines… too bad, the soup would have already cooled down… I guess more practice is needed. 🙂 What do you think?

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 20:18:18

    Omg you are really outdoing yourself… looks delicious with steam or no steam…will have to try this soup on Harvey….:)


  2. katsbynp
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 03:09:10

    The soup looks delicious! I will have to try this recipe. I do like the 2nd picture and it is centered well and has good lighting and focus.

    Tonight we went outside in 25 degree weather to take pictures..can you say camera shake. Thanks for sharing


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 11:55:03

      Thanks Kathy. I think the second picture looks OK but like the first it looks too dark to me. I haven’t figured out how to set the lighting, or how to get the room lighting which ever I’m suppose to do, right…Still playing with it so we will see. In response to your comment about going outside in the cold weather your having in Pennsylvania to take pictures… all I can say is your a braver woman than I am… 🙂 I hope you enjoy the soup as much as my family does. It should be really good on a cold night… xoXo


  3. gotham girl
    Mar 25, 2014 @ 17:22:15

    Keep practicing and reading!! Oh my…the soup sounds FABULOUS! You are an amazing chef! xoxo


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