I’m not sure if tortilla soup is usually gluten free, but I do know this one is. This is the story of how it came to be.
I’ll admit it. I have a taco problem.
Since we’ve been in Austin I’ve become tragically addicted to Torchy’s Tacos. The green chile pork taco in particular.
It’s so simple. It’s just pork, salsa verde, and a little bit of queso fresco on two corn tortillas. But it’s done so well – the pork is expertly cooked and the flavors compliment each other perfectly – I can’t stop eating them.
Now that we’re moved into our new apartment, we’re too far from Torchy’s to get my daily fix. So I decided last night to take a stab at making them myself.
I thought I could make something based on an existing recipe, so ran a couple of searches for green chili pork. No luck. Almost every hit I got was for green chicken chili which is an entirely different animal. (See what I did there? Huh? I’m so punny.)
So I figured, what the heck. I’ll just make something up. So I did.
Winging it: Making Up a Green Chili Pork Taco Recipe
In search of pork, I had a little chat with the butcher guy at our local Whole Foods. If you don’t chat with your local meat department person, the following anecdote is an example of why you should.
Back to the real story
Anyway, I wanted to keep the pork really simple, so I just put it in my in my Instant Pot pressure cooker, along with some organic chicken stock , a couple table spoons of salsa verde, a can of diced hatch green chilies, and some salt and pepper.
I used the meat setting on the pressure cooker, and set the time for 40 minutes. The whole process literally took less than three minutes.
Fourty minutes of zero effort later and the pork was done cooking.
Side Note: I really highly recommend an electronic pressure cooker if you don’t already have one. Fourty minutes for fork tender pork? And I didn’t have to babysit anything in an oven or pot? That’s exactly my kind of lazy.
I shredded the pork with a couple of forks and piled it onto some warmed stone ground gluten free tortillas along with a little extra salsa verde.
The verdict? Tender pork, tangy salsa, sweet almost nutty tortillas… I basically inhaled two right there. Not quite Torchy’s, but with a little tweaking I think I can get it there.
And here (finally) is where my tortilla soup was born
Even after two gigantic tacos, I still had a lot of pork left over. I used way too much liquid when I was cooking the pork, so my leftovers were practically begging to be turned into soup.
I’m not one to argue with food, so for dinner this evening I complied and made some ridiculously easy tortilla soup from the leftovers.
Even if you were starting from scratch right now making the green chili pork and everything tonight, this process would take you less than 10 minutes of prep and only like 45 minutes of total cook time. Since I already had the pork ready to go, this soup took about four minutes to make. No kidding.
Here’s how I did it.
Gluten Free Tortilla Soup Recipe
- 1 handfull of Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues blue corn tortilla chips (or your favorite corn chips)
- Enough leftover green chili pork for a portion you’re not embarrassed to eat
- Extra chicken stock
Put the Red Hot Blues (or other corn chips) in the bottom of a microwave safe bowl. Top the chips with your leftover green chili pork and enough extra chicken stock to make it soupy.
Microwave on high in 1 minute bursts for 3 minutes, checking the temperature and stirring a little in between bursts. Because these are leftovers, you should get the soup to at least 165°F to be safe.
If you have something against the microwave, but the leftovers in a pot and warm them on the stove instead, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Still shoot for an even 165°F temp. Hotter is fine, just don’t burn the soup. When it’s hot enough, spoon/pour your pork leftovers over the tortilla chips in your bowl.
Garnish with extra chips, salsa verde, guacamole, or anything else you like. Cilantro would be great, as would some pickled red onion, or queso fresco.
Eat and enjoy!
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