Cream of Green Chile Soup – I am New Mexico

Cream of Green Chile Soup

In New Mexico, we can’t get enough of our chile, New Mexico’s own strain of green chile. We add it to just about everything. Having such a commanding flavor, it’s always great to see cuisine that has New Mexico green chile infused into it. Here is one of those fantastic recipes that you will never regret making.


  • 2 Corn tortillas; preferably 1 yellow cornmeal and 1 of blue
  • 1 1/2 cups X-Hot New Mexico Green Chile
  • 1/2 Stick margarine
  • 2 c Chopped onion
  • 1 Clove garlic; peeled and -minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano; crumbled
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3-1/2 cups Chicken broth; homemade or -canned
  • 1 lb Baking potatoes; peeled and chunked
  • 1/3 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Whipping cream
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated Monterey Jack cheese or Mozzarella cheese or a combination of both


Cut the tortillas into 1/4 inch wide strips and leave them uncovered at room temperature until they are dry and crisp, about 24 hours (or heat in iron skillet until dry and hot). In a 4 quart saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the New Mexico green chile, onions, garlic, oregano, and bay leaves and cook, covered, stirring once or twice, for 10 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, potatoes, salt, cumin & black pepper and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, partially coverd, stirring once or twice, until the potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes. Stire in the cream and adjust the seasoning if necessary. The soup can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Cool it completely and refrigerate, coverd. Rewarm it over low heat, stirring often, until steaming. Ladle the soup into wide bowls, sprinkle the cheese over the soup, and scatter the tortilla strips over the cheese. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6