I began prepping while
*soy sauce(tamari substitute)
I sautéed the onions and garlic for about six minutes, then added the jalapeño and spice mixture, and sautéed another minute longer. Next in was the vegetable stock, tomatoes, and tomato paste. This all simmered for ten minutes before adding some corn tortillas and then the soup cooked for ten minutes longer. Once the tortillas began to fall apart, I removed the soup from the heat, blended it up in batches, and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
I also made the crispy tortilla strips recipe from the same cookbook. They were seasoned with chili powder, brown sugar, and salt. They were the perfect crispy item to add to this soup. The meal turned out delicious for Crystal, Rachel, and myself. We ate it up, invited a few people over for another drink, and later headed out for to meet up with Rachel's boyfriend and some other people we know. It was a very fun night and I would definitely make this soup again.