- Heat a large saucepan over medium-high. Add oil, then garlic. Cook until garlic starts to brown, about 15 sec. Add cilantro stems and chipotles. Stir constantly for 1 min. Add tomatoes, salt and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 min. Strain soup though a sieve into a large pot. Discard stems.
- Divide tortilla chips among 4 bowls. Pour hot soup over chips. Top with onion, tomato, avocado, cheddar, sour cream and cilantro. Serve immediately with a wedge of lime.
Zesty Tortilla soup – pair it with: A New World white. While many sauvignon blancs from New Zealand are one dimensional, winemaker Ruud Maasdam makes Marlborough wines with nice complexity. Citrus and tropical fruit nuances in this one are a natural fit with savoury soups. Our pick: Staete Landt Map Maker Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, $20.