Traditional Caldo Tlalpeno Soup

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This recipe for the caldo tlalpeno soup is part of a sponsored collaboration with United Soybean Board and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Caldo Tlalpeno Soup comforting dish for dinner
Caldo Tlalpeno Soup comforting dish for dinner

The caldo tlalpeno soup is a Mexican classic recipe that was born in the South of the DF in an area called Tlalpan. This borough has a lot of history and is home to Cuicuilco, the oldest Mesoamerican site in the Mexican valley.

Ingredients for the Caldo Tlalpeno Soup
Ingredients for the Caldo Tlalpeno Soup

Tlalpan and its history also offers diverse and flavorful dishes. Such as this caldo tlalpeno soup, made with homemade chicken stock, a chipotle tomato base, and shredded chicken. This soup is garnished with lightly fried tortilla strips, avocado slices, queso fresco and crème fraîche.

Caldo Tlalpeño una rica sopa para calentar el alma

Traditional Caldo Tlalpeno Soup

Chef Adriana Martin
A caldo tlalpeno soup, made with homemade chicken stock, a chipotle tomato base, and shredded chicken. This soup is garnished with lightly fried tortilla strips, avocado slices, queso fresco and crème fraîche.
4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of soybean oil
  • 4 cups of homemade chicken broth
  • 2 cups of shredded chicken
  • 4 corn tortillas cut in strips
  • 1 tablespoon of soybean oil to fry the tortilla strips
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/3 cup of crème fraîche or crema mexicana

Instructions
 

  • In the blender add the tomato, the garlic, the chipotle pepper and the spices and blend all together.
  • Turn on the stove at medium flame, place the soup pan on the stove and add one teaspoon of soybean oil.
  • Cook the tomato sauce with the chipotle and the spices in the hot soybean oil. Then add the chicken broth and the shredded chicken. Season to taste. Let it simmer and cover until ready to serve.
  • Fry the tortilla strips using one tablespoon of soybean oil until golden brown. Place the fried tortilla strips on a paper towel to remove excess fat.
  • Serve the soup hot and garnish with the fried tortilla strips, queso fresco cheese crumbles, crème fraîche, avocado and a slice of chipotle pepper.
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There are many versions of this recipe that include cooked vegetables such as zucchini, green beans, carrots and garbanzos. But at home we were used to enjoy it just with chicken and the garnishes.

Making caldo tlalpeno soup
Making caldo tlalpeno soup

The secret of this caldo tlalpeno soup is the way the tomato base is cooked and combined with the chipotle and the frying of corn tortilla strips. Both, when done correctly will provide the authentic flavor that this Mexican classic has.

And my key ingredient for getting the ultimate results is to use pure 100% U.S. grown soybean oil. Soybean oil is one of the most versatile ingredients in my pantry.

Soybean oil accounts for approximately 57% of edible oils used in homes.
Soybean oil accounts for approximately 57% of edible oils used in homes.

Though you may not realize it, there’s a good chance soybean oil is part of your cooking routine too. In fact, soybean oil accounts for approximately 57% of edible oils used in homes. Just check the ingredients label to be sure.

Soybean oil has neutral flavor without compromising taste
Soybean oil has neutral flavor without compromising taste

I recommend using soybean oil when cooking this yummy caldo tlalpeno soup because it offers many benefits and has a neutral flavor that helps me create some of my favorite traditional meals without compromising taste.

 I recommend using soybean oil because it offers many benefits

I recommend using soybean oil because it offers many benefits

Besides, soybean oil has been in my family kitchen for many years as my mom’s cooking included the use of soybean oil because has 0g trans fat per serving.

Almost ready to enjoy the authentic flavors of this caldo tlalpeno soup
Almost ready to enjoy the authentic flavors of this caldo tlalpeno soup

My Mexican culinary culture is rich and diverse. And soups are very important part of the menu. During September timeframe the weather in Mexico City is cold.

Caldo Tlalpeno Soup a classic Mexican cuisine recipe
Caldo Tlalpeno Soup a classic Mexican cuisine recipe

And this caldo tlalpeno soup is a common offering served as a main dish for dinner. It is comforting and brings me back home. A soup is always a perfect dish for those days that we need pampering of the soul too.

Caldo Tlalpeno Soup a comforting option for a cold day
Caldo Tlalpeno Soup a comforting option for a cold day

If you enjoyed this recipe please visit the United Soybean Board new Spanish language micro-site at http://www.soyconnection.com/es/soy-para-soy. Or in English at http://www.soyconnection.com/i-am-for-soy. There you will have the chance to watch other of my fellow Latina bloggers recipes and their videos on how to make their favorite latino dishes.

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Karyn

I’m not good at making soup but you have made it look so easy that I will give it another try..love the flavours

Marisa Franca

We do love our soups, but this sounds more than an ordinary soup — it looks like it has flavor in abundance. Just give me a spoon and I’ll dig right in. Great recipe.

Christine

I’ve never had this before, but it looks DELISH! Love the avocado on top!

Veronika

As we are getting closer to the fall, there are more and more soups on my dinner menu) Love your recipe and definitely will give it a try!

Pam Wattenbarger

This sounds like a really yummy soup. I have never had caldo tlalpeno soup before but I want to make it now.

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