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Sopa Seca De Tortilla Con Crema (Mexican Dry Soup)

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“I visited my best friend (Magga) over the Easter holiday & borrowed a few cookbooks from her. I was immediately drawn to *Taste of Mexico* by Elisabeth L. Ortiz, found this recipe among her collection of “70 fiery & flavourful recipes from south of the border” & learned some new lessons on authentic Mexican cuisine. Her intro to the *Soups* section says “Soups are a must for the midday main meal (comida). There are 2 types: aguada (liquid) & seca (dry). The 1st term is self-explanatory, but what is a dry soup? It describes a separate course (traditionally a tortilla or rice dish) served after the more conventional soup & before the main course.” I never knew that & this “dry soup” sounds so good to me. (Times were estimated & 15 min allowed for ingredient prep + assembly) *Enjoy* !”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a non-stick fry pan. Saute onion + garlic till soft & stir in chopped tomato.
  2. Cook tomato till thick, then stir in oregano & sugar. Season to taste & set aside in a bowl.
  3. Wipe the pan clean w/paper towels, heat the remaining oil in the pan & fry the tortillas without allowing them to brown. Drain fried tortilla strips on paper towels.
  4. Pour a layer of the tomato sauce into a greased flameproof casserole. Add a layer of tortilla strips, a thin layer of cream, another layer of sauce & a layer of grated cheese. Continue till all ingredients have been used, ending w/a layer of cheese.
  5. Cover casserole & heat through gently on the stovetop ~ or heat through for about 20 min in an oven preheated to 180C (350F).
  6. *Cooks Tip* ~ Be sure to use corn tortillas for this recipe. If only lrg ones are available, use 8.
  7. *Personal Note* ~ Altho not a part of the recipe or its authentic intent, I can easily see this dish 1) Converted to a main-course w/the addition of seasoned grd meat or chorizo to the sauce *or* 2) Combined w/a salad to form a meatless main-dish.

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