And the Republican Education Reformers Said…Let Them Eat Soup!

Posted: November 17, 2012 in From Student to Teacher
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And so it’s soup we shall eat!

This week is ending…and Thanksgiving week will begin tomorrow!  Yikes!  I’ve been vacillating between snots, phlegm, and reading about the sad state of education in this country, via Diane Ravitch’s blog.

What else can a girl do but make some comforting, wholesome and hopefully healing soup!  Soup is one of those things I haven’t made in over a decade because of my total immersion into teaching.  But now…thankfully, I’m free from those chains, so I was flipping around Pinterest and came across an incomplete pin about a soup that sounded easy enough and delicious, but offered no directions.  So I improvised, did a little Santeria spell on the crock pot, and hoped for the best.

It was the most incredible concoction! (Patting myself on the back)

It’s chilly and brisk down here in North Carolina, so if you are reading this post, I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we did.

Chicken Tortilla Soup 

Ingredients You’ll Need:

1 can of cream of chicken soup (I prefer low sodium, heart healthy variety)

1 can of whole kernel corn

1 can of black beans

1 can of diced tomatoes, drained

1 small can of diced or chopped green chiles

1 can of chicken broth (again, I prefer low sodium)

1 regular pack of thin-sliced chicken breasts

1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

corn tortillas, cut into thin strips with your scissors


chili powder, about 1 tsp.

crushed red pepper flakes, about 1 tsp.


Optional (but for great punch):

fresh cilantro, chopped up and added during the last thirty minutes

fresh avocado, sliced and garnished on top of each serving

Sazon by Goya for additional sabor! (that means flavor)


This is truly the best recipe for teachers, for a couple of reasons.  One, you are busy and need something that will be ready when you get home, so you can sigh, and have an extra thirty minutes loving on your children, or reading to them in bed.

Two, for a family of four, you may just have leftovers!  God, I love that word…leftovers.  Hence, one more night with a pinch of extra time, to perhaps catch your favorite show, Jeopardy.

1. Wash your chicken breasts, and remove any excess fat.  Dump in crock pot.

2. Open all cans. Dump in crock pot.

3. Add seasoning to crock pot.

4. Turn on crock pot to low for 6 – 8 hours.  I started mine at 2:00 p.m. and put it on high.  It was done by 6:45.


Here’s some pictures, because life is so much richer in color.

Open and Dump.

These cans cost me $4.34 at Walmart.

Everybody should have a bottle of this in their pantry.

One packet of this added to your soup is phenomenal.

After you have added everything into your crock pot, it will look like this:

Now just cover it up and turn it on! Bam

Teachers, after a long, grueling day at work, taking care of everyone else’s children, you will enter your home and smell the richness of your chicken tortilla soup in the air and you will smile that silly, goofy smile and think of me, which is a little weird, but I will understand.

Last step here: I made a batch of white rice, which only took about 25 minutes, for the kids who are PICKY, and I picked out some pieces of chicken and some broth to pour over their rice.  They loved it!

Last last step: while the rice is cooking, take two forks and make sure your chicken is all separated and shredded nicely.  Then, cut thin slices of corn tortillas (more flavor, less carbs than flour tortillas) and drop it over the soup.  If your broth is too thin, add a spoon of corn starch or flour and stir it in.  When I filled up our bowls, the last thing I put on top was a clump of shredded cheese, which melted nicely.  Oh, and if you picked up avocado, you can add a few slices on top.  You will feel like Emeril, or Rachel, or whichever cook you identify from t.v.

Even if you’re not a teacher, this is a great meal to make for any busy family.  It’s also economical.  At around $10. total, if you think of a night of leftovers, that means it breaks down to two meals for $5.00 each.  And if your salary is anything like my teacher salary was, trust me, this is a good thing!

We were so hungry that I forgot to take the final picture of the finished product.  Sorry.

Buen Provecho!





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