When I was in my early 20's I waited tables at the famous Alamo Cafe. At the time there were only a few locations in Texas, one of which was in Dallas on restaurant row and that's the one I worked in. Apparently they no longer have restaurants in the DFW area but still have two locations in San Antonio.
Back when I worked there money was tight and if you worked a double they let you eat for free, from a select few entree's of course. But if I had extra money I always opted to upgrade my meal and get the Chicken Tortilla Soup. Oh-emm-Geeee it was Heavenly, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
After living in Virginia for a few years, deprived of any decent Mexican food and NO Chicken Tortilla Soup to be found anywhere, I decided to duplicate the soup as best as I could and after a few failed attempts, I nailed it.
Now, I'm not one to boast about my cooking or anything for that matter but I gotta tell ya, I doubt the owner's of the restaurant would be able to tell the difference.
Here's the recipe, it's easy to make, serves a lot of people and leaves an impression you (or your family or guests) will soon forget. So Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chicken Tortilla Soup (Alamo Cafe' Style)
Ingredients for soup:
1 small onion - chopped
6 cloves garlic - minced
6 cups chicken broth
3 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cans (14 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilis
3 tablespoons dried cilantro
5 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons lime juice
4 chicken breasts cut into strips
Monterrey Jack Cheese - shredded
Avocado & Sour Cream (optional)
Add all ingredients into a big crock pot, including uncooked chicken strips. Stir and cook covered on high for a total of 8-10 hours or until chicken and onions are completely cooked.
About 6 hours into cooking, remove all chicken strips and “shred” them. (I use 2 forks to pull each strip apart and shred it). Then add the shredded chicken back into the pot, stir and cook the remaining time.
Fill each bowl with soup, top with several tortilla chips and then top with Jack cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream and a slice of avocado on top (optional). Serve and ENJOY.
If you ever make it to San Antonio and you like Mexican/Tex-Mex food, I highly recommend that you visit the Alamo Cafe', you will NOT be sorry I promise.
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