Last Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

Last Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recently I had tried a chicken tortilla soup at Grillers in Whiting.  So when I saw this recipe, thought I’d give it a shot.  Was a simple recipe even though it seems it has a lot of ingredients.  Tasty dish … will prob add another can of beans my next time making it though.



For the chicken:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Olive oil

Chili powder

Garlic powder

Ground cumin

Salt and pepper

For the soup:

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Ground pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons tomato paste (eyeball it – I use the tomato paste in a tube)

1 can Rotel

2 (32-ounce) boxes chicken broth or stock

8-10 corn tortillas, sliced into strips and then cut in half 1 cup frozen corn (optional)

To prepare the chicken:

Place chicken breasts on foil-lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin.  Season with salt and pepper. 

Place in 400 degree oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts.

chix for soup



To prepare the soup:

In a large dutch oven over medium high heat, add olive oil, onions, bell peppers and seasonings.

Drop the heat to medium and saute until the onions are translucent and the bell peppers begin to soften, about 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently. 

Add the tomato paste and mix into the vegetables. 

Add the Rotel and broth/stock and bring up to a boil. 

Meanwhile shred the chicken and add it to the soup. 

Reduce the heat to simmer and add the corn and sliced tortillas. 

Taste for seasonings and adjust if necessary.  Cover and allow simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Recommended toppings: grated cheese, avocado chunks, crushed tortilla chips, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, sour cream

Thanks to the blogger for her recipe!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!! 🙂



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Butter Dip Biscuits

Butter Dip Biscuits


These biscuits were so good and reminded me of my mom’s biscuits!!  I will def be making these again.  So simple to make with no rolling or cutting out biscuits.  I did use my cast iron skillet instead of an 8 inch baking pan.




1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter *(see below)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

4 teaspoons of granulated sugar

4 teaspoons of baking powder

2 teaspoons of kosher salt

1 3/4 cup Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Grease an 8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In microwavable bowl melt butter.  Pour butter into baking dish.

In medium bowl … mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Pour in buttermilk.

Stir until a loose dough forms, batter will be sticky.




Press biscuit dough into baking dish on top of butter.

to bake

It’s easiest to spread with hands.  It will not be perfect. Butter will run over top of dough too.

Slice dough into 9 biscuits before baking. (I FORGOT TO DO THIS)

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and spring back from touch.  Rotate pan once during baking.



*If you use salted butter then omit kosher salt.


Thanks to the blogger for her great recipe!



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Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs

I love deviled eggs as do most of my brother in laws.  Hubby doesn’t like them so I always take them to parties so I don’t eat them all.  This recipe looked so tasty.  I really wanted to use an avocado but it was overly ripe.  So I used a 1/2 cup of mayo which worked perfect!!  We really liked these but one of my brother in laws (Butch) and I agree these could use just a bit more jalapeno when I make them again.  Def a keeper!!

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Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs



6 eggs, boiled, cooled, peeled, and cut in half

1 large avocado or a 1/2 cup of mayo

2 Tablespoons of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 Tablespoon of jalapeno, finely diced

1 Tablespoon of red onion, finely diced

2 Tablespoons of diced tomato

1 Tablespoon of lime juice (1/2 lime)

1 Tablespoon of chopped cilantro

salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste

pinch of chili powder to sprinkle over eggs for garnish


Scoop the yolks out of the egg halves, mash them, mix with the avocado or mayo, bacon, jalapeno, onion, tomato, lime juice and cilantro and season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Place a tablespoon of the mixture back into the holes left by the yolks in the eggs and serve garnished with extra bacon and a pinch of chili powder.


Thanks to the blogger for the great recipe!!

Look at the cute deviled egg dish one of my best friends, Nona, bought for me … LOVE IT!!!  (this is another recipe I had made, I love deviled eggs)

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A spicy Chili recipe

A spicy Chili recipe






spicy chili


I made awesome chili before I started this Pinterest challenge.   So now I’m really confusing hubby when he requests chili on which recipe to request.  The other chili recipe I tried, I have made several times too.   This recipe will also be a keeper for those days we have colds, sinus congestion, or it’s extremely cold.

I forgot to take pix of it in a bowl.   So simple to make and very flavorful!!  Using beef broth in chili was new to me but def gave it a great taste too.  If you don’t want to use beer then just add another can of beef broth.    I used a Blue Moon Belgian White beer in ours.   I made the recipe just as written.


The Best Chili Ever!

2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (12 oz) bottle of beer (Could use another can of beef broth instead)
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chilis, undrained
2 tbsps chili powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsps ground cumin
1 to 2 tsps ground red pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot sauce
Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeno slices if desired

Cook first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is completely cooked and onion is tender. Drain well and return to Dutch oven.

Combine the meat mixture with all the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the garnishes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours or until thickened (mine was thick at about the 2 hour mark). Garnish if desired.

Makes 12-14 servings depending on size of servings

Thanks to the blogger for her great recipe!

Ellie v

Sleeping in her Nana’s arms … 🙂

Have a great day!!

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Our beautiful grand-daughter has arrived!

Our beautiful grand-daughter has arrived!


Our world was truly blessed yesterday …our beautiful granddaughter arrived!  She is perfect in every way!  She has stolen mine and my husband’s heart who are so proud to be her nana and gramps!  She weighed 7 lbs and 10 oz and 18 1/2 in long. So beautiful!
Hubby and I are still taking it in that now we are actually grandparents, lol.  It was such a powerful moment that first time holding her, I have never felt instant love like that!  It was an amazing feeling!  My heart belongs to Ellie now. 🙂

We followed her to the nursery when they took her down.  So neat watching them do her feet prints.  She was screaming but soon found her thumb/fist to comfort herself.  That just tickled us, we could have watched for her hours.   She is going to bring so much joy to our lives!

I know Amanda and Eric are going to be fantastic parents!!  They made us the most beautiful baby girl to love! Ellie will have 6 grandparents, a great grandma and great grandpa, and nonnie (great grandma) plus 3 aunts, an uncle, tons of great aunts and uncles, and a multitude of cousins who will all spoil her with so much love.  I know that Amanda and Eric will be wonderful parents in sharing their baby girl with so many.  (A child can never have too much love!).  We did think of Great- Gramps in Heaven when we met her …. We know he met her first and blessed her.  He will always be watching over her!

I am taking Ellie’s Nonnie to the hospital today to see her. I can’t wait to see them together.  Heck I can’t wait to see that baby girl, been staring at her pix for hours!!  I will be visiting twice today, lol, told hubby I will go with him aft work too, lol.  Truly our world is brighter now with her arrival!  Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts!

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