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Mexican Rice Soup

This light soup (traditionally made with chicken and chicken broth) gets its body from diced avocado, which is served with tortilla strips and added at the table, along with lime wedges and freshly chopped cilantro and green onions. The heat of the soup warms the avocado and tortilla strips without turning them to mush.


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1 Tbs. olive oil
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1 small onion, finely chopped (¾ cup)
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
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1 Tbs. grated lime zest
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1 tsp. dried oregano

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¼ cup short-grain rice
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2 small tomatoes, seeded and diced (1 cup)
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⅓ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
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1 8-inch flour tortilla
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1 avocado, diced (1 cup)
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2 green onions, thinly sliced (¼ cup)
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¼ cup chopped cilantro
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6 lime wedges


1. To make Broth: Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until softened. Stir in garlic, and sauté 1 minute more. Add vegetable broth, lime zest, oregano, and 3 cups water; cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 minutes. Strain Broth, discard solids, and return to saucepan.

2. To make Soup: Add rice to Broth. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, or until rice is soft. Stir in tomatoes and corn, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Spray flour tortilla with cooking spray, and cut into thin strips. Arrange strips on baking sheet, and bake 5 to 7 minutes, or until tortilla is crisp. 4. Ladle Soup into serving bowls. Garnish with avocado, tortilla strips, green onions, cilantro, lime wedges, and hot sauce, if using.

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2 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
16 g
0 mg
321 mg
3 g
3 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

instead of straining i used an immersion blender on the broth, garlic, onion, and tomato mixture. it came out a great red-orange color.

It was excellent! The spinach sounds like a good idea!

I made this last night and it was really delicious! The broth is good good, you may want to make more than it calls for. (I didn't even bother straining it.) Also, I added in 2-3 cups of fresh spinach for more veggie power.

I didn't strain it, either. It's fantastic. Great flavors. Toasting the tortillas is a superb touch.

I made this tonight and added spinach when I sauteed the onions. I just left the chunks in and used instant brown rice that I added near the end! Great base! Thanks for sharing!

Delicious! I added a can of cannellini beans (and a bit of extra water) to mine, but left out the avocado (forgot to buy one!) and like the others left in the garlic and onions. I'm definitely going to make this again.

Excellent. A new fave!

Was good, but wouldn't serve 6 people. I made it last night and it barely served three adults and a toddler. I would double or triple the soup ingredients. However, it was very tasty - I'll make it again in larger quantity.

Looks yummy nd not hard to make. I'm a try this one. Easy.

made this tonight and it was really yummy. The only problem was that the recipe said it feeds 6 people when it actually only feeds 2-3.

Very fresh, clean and tasty! ...For TWO people - not 6. Also, mine did not come out as chock-full of ingredients as pictured, quite a bit more broth-ey. And I followed to the letter. EXCePT we are not 'true' vegetarians and I used chicken broth rather than vegetarian. YUM!, next time will double ingredients and then double whole recipe. That was a bit of work for only one meal.

Note that in addition to the 3 cups of stock, it then says to add 3 cups of water. So there was plenty re: servings vs. other comments. I took it down to 2 cups water, so 5 cups total. Pureed the first step of the broth per other comments -- more body to the soup that way, and upped the rice to 1/2 cup, and corn to 1/3 cup. Threw in a half-can of pinto beans & chopped spinach. No other changes. Quite good and hearty.

I added a bit of crumbled feta and chopped fresh cilantro on top.

I would keep the onions and garlic, and add chipotle in adobe (blended) just to taste.

Last day happen to have this awesome dish. Believe me guys it was one of the scrumptious dish I ever had ..I wish to recommend all the food lovers to just try with this recipe and let me know the result.Keep Going!

I haven't tried this one yet and I am gonna forward it to my chef. It looks very, very tasty. mikey