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Max & Erma's Tortilla Soup copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

Ratings and Reviews of Max & Erma's Tortilla Soup

Score: 4.14 (votes: 14)
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Melinda Beggrow
Sep 6, 2014, 22:00
This is better than Max & Ermas!
May 11, 2009, 22:00
I did not think this was as much like M & E's soup as it should have been. 1) It wasn't thick enough. 2)It wasn't spicy enough. 3)It wasn't 'stringy' like M & E's Tortilla Soup.

First, I followed the recipe. Then made these additions. I added the following ingredients to thicken, enrich, and spice up the soup. More Cornstarch, 1/4 cup Creme Fraiche for richness, and about 1 1/2 oz of Monterey Jack Cheese w/ Jalapeno. I would suggest using a processed sharp cheese for the cheddar as it is less likely to curdle.

You aren't familiar with Creme Fraiche? It's a French preparation you can make at home. Use 1 cup heavy cream and 3 tablespoons plain yogurt. Let sit in a warm 100 degree oven or any place you can keep it warm for 8 hours. Then refrigerate. It will thicken as it chills. It has a slight sweet-tart flavor and will not curdle under heat (but do not boil).
Feb 6, 2009, 22:00
I love this recipe! I use salsa con Queso instead of grated cheese. It helps to save a couple of steps and tastes just like Max and Erma's!
Nov 20, 2008, 22:00
I've never tasted the real the thing but find it hard to believe it could possibly taste any better then this! My family LOVES it!!!!
Aug 31, 2008, 22:00
I make M&E tortilla soup and use Campbells cheddar cheese soup. It mixes in well and doesn't coagulate.
Aug 28, 2008, 22:00
I did not like the taste of this soup as a comparison to Max & Erma's. Nothing like it!
Jan 10, 2008, 22:00
I think this recipe is excellent and taste like Max & Erma's Tortilla Soup. I bought my cheddar cheese from the deli and shredded it my self and I used a wisked it in until it was melted.
Oct 12, 2007, 22:00
This soup was great It was almost exactly like the Max and Erma's recipe.
Sep 27, 2007, 22:00
Turned out sooooo good! I have never eaten their recipe, so I cannot compare, but it is good. I just put tortilla chips on top with cheese and cilantro, instead of making the chips. Also I seasoned the chicken with a dry chalula seasoning before browning in the pan.
Jun 19, 2007, 22:00
It is one of the best soups i ever had.