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Mandy's Tortilla Soup
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This is my favorite soup. Our older daughter created it herself. I made some for my mother once--she was so fond of it, she ate a whole quart of it one evening and made herself sick!

1 red bell pepper, cut in lengthwise strips
1/2 large onion, cut in rings
1 quart chicken stock (I use bouillon)
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can undiluted tomato soup (you will use about 1/2 the can)
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
1 small can sliced ripe olives, drained
Salt and pepper
Garlic powder
Dried parsley flakes
Tabasco (optional)
Sour cream
Grated American cheese


Sauté red bell pepper and onion slices in a little margarine until barely soft.
Stir in chicken stock and 1/2 can or so of tomato soup.
Add Rotel, sliced ripe olives, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, and Tabasco if using.
Heat through.
Taste and adjust seasonings to suit you.
To serve, coarsely break up a small handful of Tostitos and place in a bowl.
Ladle hot soup over broken chips.
Grate cheese on top and add dollups of sour cream.
Makes about 2 quarts.

Posted by Cathy in TX
Vary ingredient amounts to suit your own taste. Please use Tostitos for this, not Doritos or Fritos or any other type of chip; it just isn't the same.

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