Roast tomato tortilla soup
Time: 1 hour
- 4 large, ripe beef tomatoes (about 1kg) or 3 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
- 5 guajillo chillies (approx. 25g)
- 2 ancho chillies (approx. 25g)
- 1 chipotle chilli
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Large bunch of coriander, stems finely chopped and most of the leaves roughly chopped (save some whole leaves to garnish)
- Handful of oregano and thyme leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 litre chicken stock
- Pinch of brown sugar (optional)
- 2 deep-fried ancho chillies (see note below)
- 150ml sour cream
- Totopos (tortilla chips), cut into thin little matchsticks.
- 150g feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 avocados, diced at the last minute
- Lime wedges
If using fresh tomatoes, turn the grill to its highest setting and line a baking sheet with foil. Put the tomatoes under the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally until they are thoroughly blackened all round.
In the meantime, prepare the 3 types of chilli as described overleaf. Once they are toasted, soak in a bowl of boiling water for 15 minutes. Now put the olive oil and onion into a frying pan and stir over a low heat. After 5 minutes, add the garlic and plenty of salt and pepper, cooking until the onion is translucent.
Add the chopped herbs along with the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes start to fall apart, then add the chillies, drained of their soaking water, and the stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer.
After the soup has simmered for another 5–10 minutes, whiz it up with a stick blender and season to taste. It may need more salt and a good pinch of brown sugar to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes. Ladle into hot bowls and serve at the table with bowls of the deep-fried anchos, sour cream, crispy totopos, coriander leaf, feta, avocado and lime wedges. This is a showstopper of a soup!
NOTE: To deep-fry chillies, heat about 5 cm oil in a small saucepan. Slice the chillies, place them on a metal slotted spoon and deep-fry for 5 seconds, until they puff up. Be careful not to burn them or they will be bitter.
Wahaca Mexican Food at Home
Recipes taken from Wahaca – Mexican Food at Home by Thomasina Miers, published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20. Buy it at a discount from Saga Bookshop.
Text © Thomasina Miers, 2012
Photos © Malou Burger, 2012
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