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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups                            Fruits
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 1/2   lb           Large tomatoes, quartered
    1       md           Onion, quartered
      1/2   c            Plus 3 tbl. vegetable oil
    4                    Corn tortillas, coarsely
    6                    Garlic cloves, finely
    8       c            Chicken stock or canned
                         Low-salt broth
      1/4   c            Tomato paste
    1       tb           Chopped fresh cilantro
    1       tb           Ground cumin
    2       ts           Chili powder
    2                    Bay leaves
    3                    Corn tortillas, cut into
                         2-inch-long 1/4-inch-wide
    1       c            Diced cooked chicken
    1                    Avacado, peeled, pitted,
    1       c            Shredded cheddar cheese
                         Sour cream
   Puree tomatoes and onion in processor until mixture is smooth as possible.
   Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
   Add chopped tortillas and garlic and saute' 2 minutes. Add tomato-onion
   puree, chicken stock, tomato paste, cilantro, cumin, chili powder and bay
   leaves and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Season to
   taste with salt.  Strain soup through coarse sieve, pressing on solids with
   back of spoon.  (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
   Heat remaining 1/2 cup vegetable oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.
   Add tortilla strips and cook until crisp and golden about 3 minutes.
   Transfer to paper towels and drain well.
   Bring soup to simmer.  Ladle into bowls.  Serve, passing tortilla strips,
   chicken, avacado, cheese and sour cream.
   Served at the Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, California.
   SOURCE: Bon Appetit Favorite Restaurant Recipes, Volume II
   Shared by Cate Vanicek
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