Soup Nazi's Mexican Chicken Chili copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Soup Nazi's Mexican Chicken Chili

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In Zagat's 1995 New York City Restaurant Survey, Le Cirque 2000, one of the city's most upscale restaurants, received a 25 rating out of a possible 30. In the same guide, Al "The Soup Nazi" Yeganeh's Soup Kitchen International scored an impressive 27. That put the Soup Nazi's eatery in 14th place among the city's best restaurants for that year.

It was common to see lines stretching around the corner and down the block as hungry patrons waited for their cup of one of five daily hot soup selections. Most of the selections changed every day, but of the three days that I was there, the Mexican Chicken Chili was always on the menu. The first two days it was sold out before I got to the front of the line. But on the last day I got lucky: "One extra-large Mexican Chicken Chili, please." Hand over money, move to the extreme left.

Here is a hack for what has become one of the Soup Nazi's most popular culinary masterpieces. If you like, you can substitute turkey breast for the chicken to make turkey chili, which was the soup George Costanza ordered on the show.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

Update 1/9/17: For a shorter simmer time and better flavor, replace the 10 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken broth with 8 cups of chicken broth. I also like using El Pato tomato sauce (recipe calls for 1/2 cup) for a bit more heat. 

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Score: 4.59. Votes: 51
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Dec 25, 2009, 22:00

I can't recommend this recipe highly enough - simply outstanding! I've made it several times, and made the mistake of passing a container of it along to a friend. Now everybody wants some!

Dec 7, 2009, 22:00

My husband made this soup last night and it was EXCELLENT!!! We have decided it is one of the best we have ever had. He eliminated the celery and doubled up on the corn. Since I am a wimp and don't like too much spice, he made sure to seed the jalapeno. What a wonderful soup. It will definitely be made more often. Thank you for sharing.

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