Classic Tortilla Soup with All the Trimmings Review
4 stars (on a 5 star scale)
The soup feels as if it lacks substance. The tortilla chips, slightly broken, complement it very well in texture and substance and make up some missing substance. The avocado doesn't add much (if anything). The cheese adds a nice flavor but ends up making little gooey chunks as it melts in the soup; that can be odd. (I'm not sure if I like it.) Together both do add some richness to the dish. I didn't bother with the lime; it didn't feel necessary. In any case, the soup should probably be made with more chicken than the 1.25 pounds the recipe calls for.
I mistakenly cooked the chicken separately and then added to soup. Upon re-reading the recipe, one simply cubes the chicken and boils it with the soup.
When it says to stir the puree constantly while the sauce boils down, listen! The issue is not with burning the sauce or anything but rather the viscosity of the sauce causes the bubbles to explode when boiling, sending juices well over the top of a very high-sided pot and making a mess. Stirring constantly decreases this effect.