Monday, August 1, 2011

San Angel Inn: Sopa Azteca Recipe (Traditional Tortilla Soup)

   San Angel Inn in Epcot has many amazing dishes but the most requested is an appetizer: Sopa Azteca. A delicously warm traditional tortilla soup consisting of tomatoes, onions, chili peppers and rich chicken broth.

Sopa Azteca (Traditional Tortilla Soup)
Serves 4


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup yellow onion, diced
1 & 1/3 cups tomatoes, diced (canned or fresh)
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 quart chicken broth
1 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh dill (or 2 teaspoons dried dill), chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 red chili peppers, whole
4 corn tortillas, cut into narrow 1/3-inch strips
1 ripe avocado, diced
sour cream
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

*Optional: You can add 2 cups of shredded cooked, cubed or rotisserie chicken if you'd like to serve it as your meal.


   Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pot. Add onions, tomatoes and garlic. Saute until tender and onions are almost translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Pour in chicken broth. Add chopped dill. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.

   While soup is simmering, remove stems from red chili peppers and cut in half lengthwise. Remove seeds.

   Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a small skillet and saute chili peppers for 2 minutes. Remove peppers and place on plate covered with paper towels to drain. Add tortilla strips to the same pan and cook until they are golden brown. Remove tortilla strips and add to plate with peppers to drain.

   Place each chili pepper half into the bottom of 4 soup bowls. Equally divide the diced avocado and tortilla strips into each bowl. Pour the hot soup into the bowls and top with Monterey Jack cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Eat & enjoy!

***Tip: You may want to double this recipe. It was a big hit with my family but it only serves 4. My husband was a little sad that there wasn't any leftover for him to take to lunch the following day. Yes, it was that good!***

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  1. hello !!
    i tried this recipe yesterday, this is really really delicious.
    thank you

  2. It's one of our favorites! So glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for your feedback. :)

  3. I cannot wait to make this! Making it tomorrow! Thanks :)

  4. I would add some chili powder and cumin, maybe 1 T chili powder and 1 tsp, ground cumin. Also a can of black beans.

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  6. I was unable to find the whole red chili peppers so I substituted with a large can of green chilis and just added them to the soup as I cooked it. It turned out great.