If you have never had tortilla soup, you should give it a try. I had never eaten it until recently. It just didn't seem appealing to me. But, we were in a restaurant a while back and a cup of it was served with our meal and I was converted. It's one of the best soups I have ever tasted.
There are all sorts of variations so you can use what you like. I started by sauteing onions, garlic, celery and peppers in some olive oil. Add 2 tsp. of cumin and 1 tsp. of chili powder. You could also use a pouch of taco seasoning instead.
Add chicken stock, about 10 cups. Add some chicken demi glace or bouillon for flavor. Add 2 cans of rotel, 2 cups of diced chicken, 2 cups of corn, 1 can of black beans and one cup of rice. Simmer this until the rice cooks through. I added some okra from my garden as well. Taste and add S&P.
Cut a package of corn tortillas into strips and fry them in oil until crisp. Serve the soup topped with tortilla strips, grated cheddar, montery jack or colby cheese, fresh cilantro an a lime wedge. Mmmmm, mmmmm!!!