Decided to try the tortilla soup at Chick-fil-A, from their seasonal menu. Thankfully we are still early into winter and so, delicious soups, hot beverages and hot breakfasts are easy to come by.
I ordered the small, not knowing if it it would be spiced with green chiles or heavy on the pepper. Even the local Whataburger, Subway and McDonalds locations offer green chile, sourced from Hatch, NM., as an add-on, or already built into specific food items in the menu, which complements the southwest. Experiencing difficulty with eating these things, I typically have to ask at every restaurant, diner and food truck, for certain ingredients to be held back, if there is a remote possibility that it would be hot (referencing whether it is in drenched in spices, not referring to the temperature).
I was surprised, yet grateful that Chick-fil-A would offer the blue and white tortilla chips on the side, and fill the soup to the brim of the modern square shaped plastic to-go container. I was mostly shocked there were no red tortilla chips. Without these, the soup did look a little darker, butt still hearty, with plenty of shredded chicken, onions, white and yellow corn, and black beans in a thick broth.
I forgot to confirm the soup was mild to no spice, because I was in such a hurry to get home, away from the cold front that had already overtaken the city. After opening the container, and carefully examining my food, not just for consistency, but also to ensure I didn’t miss any chiles or exposed large flakes of uncrushed pepper–I was in the clear and ready to dive in. I sprinkled half the bag of tortilla chips on the top of the soup and they stayed in place for a good 30 seconds before starting to sink. My mouth was met with a delicious medley of flavor, the right combination of salty and a little spice, but just enough for me to handle eating the entire bowl. I added the remaining tortilla chips and continued to devour the whole bowl. I felt like Goldilocks. It was just right in my book and at less than $3.00, I am sure going to buy more on the next visit.
if you’re interested in finding out how to replicate a similar dish, check out the Baker Mama‘s insight and recipe on a homemade version of the Chicken Tortilla Soup from Chick-fil-A.