Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe

Tortilla Soup Recipe. Great for weeknight meals! I want to start off my saying this is NOT my recipe! It is from one of those old church cookbooks you used to get where people submit their most favorite recipes (that they didn’t come up with either). My mom doesn’t have the cookbook anymore but I do remember it was internationally themed and the recipe across from this one included camels and whole chickens…This is our go-to, super easy Tortilla Soup recipe. Like, SO easy. But it is SO delicious. I’m not a fan of soup. But this one is flavorful, not too spicy and can be dressed up anyway you like it. It is the perfect, fast weeknight meal.

Easy Tortilla Soup RecipeYup, this is it. This is all you need to make the world’s best tortilla soup. The star of the show is Snap-E-Tom. It can be a little hard to find but you NEED it. I’ve tried to make this without it and use other types of tomato and chile sauces. They just aren’t the same. If you are in So Cal, you can find it at Stater Bros. Pick up a few cans when you go. It lasts forever and then you have it for when you want to make this soup. You can order Snap-E-Tom here if you can’t find it at your store. Or, I found this recipe for making your own copycat version although I haven’t tried this out yet. And if I were you, I would try the recipe with Snap-E-Tom first so you know what it is supposed to taste like. I’m not a Bloody Mary drinker but I am sure this would be perfect for that as well.

The only other ingredients you need are the French Onion soup, salsa verde and some water. SO EASY!

Easy and delicious tortilla soup recipe.Open the cans and pour them in to the pan.

The easiest, most delicious tortilla soup recipe you'll ever make. For real. Do NOT skip the Snap-E-Tom. Then you just heat it through until bubbly. That’s it. Stupid easy.

Easy weeknight dinner idea: tortilla soup.We usually just make the soup like this but you could easily add shredded chicken to it if you wanted to bulk it up a little bit more. My oldest son is a picky eater and he loves this soup. The French Onion soup and the Snap-E-Tom give it so much depth of flavor. I’ve heard them say that on the Food Network. I’m certain this soup has it.

Chips and cheese for tortilla soup topping.My mom always made homemade tortilla strips to eat in this soup but I am far too lazy for that. I use the Have’a Corn Chips and they are delicious in it! You can also use shredded jack cheese instead of the cubes but I really like how the cubes get all melty and gooey in the soup. And the cilantro is just to add a little freshness but I know not everyone likes it.

Delicious tortilla soup recipe that is SUPER easy! This is a great meal to make for weeknight dinner guests, or make a bunch of batches for a party. It is inexpensive and tasty. If you know the source for the original recipe, please share it with me! I searched around online but couldn’t find it anywhere!

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Easy Tortilla Soup Recipe
 
This is our FAVORITE and SUPER easy tortilla soup recipe! Add shredded chicken if you need more protein!
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 (11.5 oz) can Snap-E-Tom (available at Stater Bros. stores and Amazon.)
  • 1 (7 oz) can green chili salsa
  • 1 (10.5 oz) cans french onion soup
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1-2 bags Have's Corn Chips
  • Approx. 2 cups jack cheese, cubed
  • Cilantro optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine onion soup, water, Snap-E-Tom and green chili salsa.
  2. Cook until bubbly.
  3. Gently break up some corn chips in the bottom of a bowl and add some cubed jack cheese.
  4. Ladle soup over the chips and cheese.
  5. Top with more crushed chips and cilantro, if desired.

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Popcorn with Lavender Pepper

A delicious popcorn snackI’ve been thinking a lot about my “brand.” What am I all about and what do I want to share with you, my reader. I’ve been making lists and thinking about what I love. And one thing that keeps making it on to those lists is snacks. Wait, what?! Hey, turns out I love snacks. And here is a super easy one for you. On my last trip to Temecula I picked up some lavender pepper from the spice shop. I’ve been dying to use it and this just made sense. I’m trying to eat healthier snacks (but you know me, my quest for health usually lasts just for a few weeks) and popcorn is an awesome option. And so I made popcorn with lavender pepper.

Popcorn with Lavender PepperIt’s healthiest if you make it at home in an air popper or special microwave bowl, but it should also be noted that “lazy” is on my list of things about me. Trader Joe’s has a bag of reduced guilt popcorn that is a great base. Then all you need is some lavender pepper and sea salt. Now, I realize that you probably won’t have lavender pepper. Especially since this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. But you can pick up edible lavender on amazon or some local markets. Just add that and some fresh peppercorns to a spice mill or old coffee grinder to make your own. And be sure to taste your popcorn first to see just how salty it is before adding more.

Lavender and Pepper popcornBecause I am trying to not add calories, only flavor, I usually spritz the tiniest bit of water on the popcorn to help the spices stick. Weird, I know. But it would also work to toss the popcorn with a little melted butter or olive oil.  What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?

 

Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.This post is created in conjunction with Kings Hawaiian and their delicious, sweet, wonderful breads. All opinions are my own!

We are fully in to the holiday crazy around here. I am almost done Christmas shopping, we took our family photo for our christmas cards, and I’ve got my list of all the holiday treats I need to make for pretty much everyone we know. For years I let the holiday stress make me crazy and suck the joy right out of this most wonderful time of the year. But I’ve realized that in this insane post-Thanksgiving weeks, is OK and very important to take some time for yourself. As most therapists would tell you, you should always eat your feelings (no, wait! – but it works for me) so I decided to make a super comforting dessert. For just me. Because this post is all about me. And this Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug is delicious. And it’s not really in a mug but who cares. This dish works way better. And you probably get a little bit more…

Single serving bread pudding recipe for the microwave! Super simple ingredients. This small pack of King’s Hawaiian Rolls would actually make two servings. And all of these ingredients can be found at Target which is awesome because when you are done with your gift and toilet paper buying, you can grab these things to make yourself a wonderful treat.  And I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, during December, but you are allowed to sit down on the couch for a minute and turn on the TV. Any time of the day. Because you deserve it.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.This recipe used a few more bowls than a normal mug cake but I probably could have done it all in the ramekin. Basically, mix everything together.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.Then pour it over buttered, cubed bread.  Yes, other bread would work, but these sweet rolls were perfection. I used about 1 and 1/2 rolls. I wanted to make sure that there was enough of the custardy part so I left out the other half of the last roll.  I think I could have included it and it still would have been a great consistency.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.Then add your chocolate. I used a few tablespoons of a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar but chocolate chips would work also.

Mace. It's just like nutmeg! Then before I went to the microwave, I gave her a little dusting of Mace. Mace is basically nutmeg but, like, way cooler because you rarely hear about it.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.The reason you want to use a lower, wider vessel, in place of the mug in this case is because you want the bread to be able to be covered in the egg mixture and stay really moist. That really doesn’t explain why, but hey, I’m not a baker. Or scientist. I just like to eat. It goes in the microwave for 1 minute and then you check it to see if there is still liquid. I microwaved it for another 30 seconds, checked it again and then did one more burst of 15. Do not over cook it.

A little extra chocolate sauce never hurt nobody.I thought I may want to have a little extra chocolate sauce to make this thing even more decadent but it wasn’t really needed! But depending how stressed out you are, you may want it. Extra chocolate is always a good idea.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.So pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then go to town on this super yummy dessert. It was delicious. Before this, I would have told you I wasn’t a fan of bread puddings. But this one, with all that chocolatey goodness is perfection. I was stunned out how tasty it was coming out of the microwave.

Take some time for yourself this holiday.It’s like they say on the plane, but the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help your child. If you ain’t breathing, no one else is. Take care of yourself. There is some great TV on right now too. Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce is super edgy and kind of hard to watch but still really good and the Hallmark Channel has been killing it in the holiday movie department. I’ve watched SO MANY! I’d say it is a mild obsession. I used to just watch them while I wrapped Christmas presents but now…well let’s just say it makes you feel good to watch love blossom and Christmas be saved, time after time.

Single serve microwave chocolate bread pudding recipe.I’m wishing you the least stressful holiday ever. But just knowing you can make this microwave bread pudding in a mug helps a little, right?

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Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug
 
You can customize this super easy bread pudding with whatever flavors you like. This one is with chocolate and is super yum.
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1½-2 King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • approx. 1 TBSP butter, to spread on bread
  • 2 TBSP chocolate (I used semi-sweet, but this is your flavor preference)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg or mace
Instructions
  1. Cut King's Hawaiian sweet rolls in half, making a top and bottom.
  2. Spread each section with a little butter
  3. Cut buttered bread in to cubes, each half would make about 4 cubes.
  4. Add bread to your ramekin.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
  6. Pour over the bread cubes and give a gentle stir.
  7. Add in your chocolate pieces or chips and give a gentle stir to combine.
  8. Put in microwave, uncovered and cook for 1 minute.
  9. Check to see if there is any liquid left, if yes, cook another 30 seconds.
  10. Check again, and if needed, cook another 15-30 seconds.
  11. You want to make sure the custard is set.
  12. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or whatever you feel is right.
  13. Then eat!

 

 

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Candy Bar Trains for Christmas

Make candy trains for Christmas! I’m SO excited to share this post with you guys! Did I say that yesterday too? Well, this year I am sharing a bunch of really fun holiday things that mean a lot to me. You know, like wine cake and such. Because cake with wine is VERY exciting. And today I’m sharing these awesome candy bar trains! This is something me mom made when we were growing up. And while I don’t remember making my own, I think these are the PERFECT alternative to gingerbread houses. Gingerbread houses can be so hard!!! Unless you glue gun the walls together, they often collapse and seem a bit fragile.  But these trains are a little bit easier and such a fun idea for families to do together at the holidays.

Make candy trains for Christmas! When I told my mom that I wanted to do a post on her trains, she searched her archives and came up with these written instructions for how she made them including a supply list. And then she left on a cruise. So I poured over her instructions and started gathering materials. And then got busy and put off making the actual train. And weeks later, my mom was back in town and I was finally ready to take photos of the candy bar train making process. So I invited her over to help me put it all together! I love having my mom help with posts! We pretty much followed her instructions this first go round but I can’t wait to make more and really get creative!

Make candy trains for Christmas! We got everything together and did a little mock-up before starting glueing things together with the royal icing. In doing so, we learned that candy has changed a bit since she first made these. Some things are larger and some things are smaller. Feel free to use whatever candies you think are best and please you, aesthetically. Also, she used to make a train track out of thin black licorice laces. I couldn’t find those anywhere! I also had a hard time finding rolls of Lifesavers (which we didn’t end up using anyway) and the larger Tootsie Rolls which make perfect logs. I feel like you can’t go wrong by buying the candy that looks fun to you and then see what you come up with. And if you have kids, the extra candy certainly isn’t going to go to waste…

Make candy trains for Christmas! We made (I say we, but really my mom made it) royal icing which would act as the glue to hold the train together. We probably could have used a little less of the icing but we wanted to make sure that things stuck really well.

Make candy trains for Christmas! My mom’s diagrams were very detailed about the front train car. But the rest of the cars can be whatever you want them to be. Have fun with it!  This is the back of the first car by the way.

Vintage Christmas miniaturesA few years ago my mom gave me her tin of vintage miniatures that she used for her trains and a few other food crafts she made.  So many memories in that tin! It was awesome to go through and remember all the old plastic figures and show them to my kids.

Make candy trains for Christmas! We let my son decide where Santa should sit. I think he made the right decision.

Make candy trains for Christmas!Our second train car holds a bunch of presents and toys and the final car is the log car. It dawned on me that it would have probably looked a little bit more like logs if we stacked another row in the center and on top of the bottom row. But it’s been probably 30 years since we’ve seen one of these trains so…we forgot. I just love how it came out!

Make candy trains for Christmas! How fun is this tree?! I added a little more royal icing to look like snow.

Make candy trains for Christmas! And of course we added edible glitter to have even more of a snow-like look although it is pretty hard to see. Like gingerbread houses, these are edible, but since all of the candy has been manhandled I wouldn’t recommend eating them. My kids asked so incessantly that I finally said they could eat their cars. Turns out all the different flavors of candy don’t taste that great together. So they stopped eating them instead of picking the candy off individually…dummies. (Yes I just called my kids dummies. But as a joke. That is kind of ironic. Especially since my 3rd grader had to go ask his teacher how to do one of his homework math problems since I couldn’t figure it out…)

Make candy trains for Christmas! I think this will be a tradition that we do with our kids every year. And I can’t wait to share it with the cousins and friends!

Make candy trains for Christmas!I put my train on a cake board that I got from the local craft store. It came in a pack of 5 so you could easily have each kid make their own mutli-car train.

Make candy trains for Christmas!When my youngest son got home from school he skipped lunch (truth be told he had candy for lunch) to make his train. He was so excited! He’s almost 6 and this was really easy for him. Where we had used a piping bag and decorating tip, we gave him a little paint brush to use with the royal icing and it worked really well. In hindsight, we probably would have had a cleaner look if we had used the paintbrush.

Make candy trains for Christmas!This would be a super fun idea for a family holiday party. I had only bought 6 of the large candy bars but the candy used to decorate was very plentiful. I could have made a ton of train cars by just picking up a few more Snickers bars, which is what we’ve always used. I guess you could use a different kind. But you would ruin Christmas…so…

Make candy trains for Christmas!We ended up having a last-minute playdate after school that day so my older son and his friend decided to make them too. Turns out, with a little imagination, your train car can be a sports car.  And a new tradition may be born.

Here is a very general list of what you might need to make a candy bar train with 3 cars like I’ve made above:

Large Snickers bars for the train cars (so 3 Snickers bars for the full train I made)

Fun Size Snickers bar for the front car

14 Peppermint candies for the wheels (note: the first car has 2 extra wheels – and they probably aren’t called wheels are they…)

1 gummy fruit slice for the corn catcher at the front of the train

4 Werther’s or several Lifesavers for the front of the train car

1 JUJU Bee for the light on the very front of the train

1 Gum Drop for the front train car

1 Lifesaver and 1 Rolo for the smoke stack on the first train car

Thin licorice laces to connect the train cars. Can also be used for the train tracks if you decide to add them to your cake board

14 M&M’s for decoration on the wheels

Several Tootsie Rolls for the log car.  The full size work best but you can also stack the Midgees if you can’t find the regular ones.

White edible glitter for snow

Royal Icing and a pastry bag and tips. You can also use a smallish paintbrush instead or if you have a young child where a pastry bag might be too hard to manage.

Assorted Miniatures

Tweezers might also come in handy (if you want to be all type-a about it)

To make Royal Icing: 

3 level TBSP Meringue Powder

4 cups powdered sugar

6 TBSP water

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with a mixer for 7 to 10 minutes.

If you make one share it with me on instagram!!!! Tag me at @cupcakescutlery and use the #cupcakesandcandytrains