Copycat Luby’s Tortilla Soup

Copycat Luby's Tortilla Soup by Dispatches from the Castle

The best tortilla soup is either at Luby’s in San Antonio or Magnolia’s in Austin. Seeing as how I no longer live in Texas, it was high time I learned to make this amazingly tasty, wonderful, cold winter night meal. As Emeril Lagasse has never led me astray before, we decided to try his Favorite Tortilla Soup.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon tomato paste
6 cups chicken stock
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (we were out, it is winter after all!)
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 avocado diced
tortilla chips, broken

Directions:
In a large heavy pot, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, peppers, salt, cumin, and coriander for 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chicken and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and lime juice, and stir well. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

My Opinion:
We modified and put everything in the crock pot minus the tortilla chips and avocado. Let it cook on medium for about 6 hours. In the future, we’ll up the spices and use more jalapenos. It was very close to Luby’s version.

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3 thoughts on “Copycat Luby’s Tortilla Soup

  1. This looks good. We will have to try it. The best soup I EVER had was a lime soup bought form the porch of a ladies house in a small village in Mexico on the way to Chichenitza. I’d give anything to replicate it. Mostly broth with chicken pieces in it. The iguana version I was less than enthusiastic about.

    1. Karen,
      I wonder if it isn’t similar to the Yucatan Lemon soup I posted earlier. You can make that soup with lime juice instead of lemon and chicken instead of shrimp. You’ll have to let me know. I also would not be so enthusiastic about iguana. Willing to try it, maybe. But not enthusiastically.
      Have a great weekend!
      Aurora

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