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Servings: 4 to 6
2 teaspoons lard or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
⅓ cup vegetable oil
2 garlic clove, peeled
1 dried chile pasillas
1 medium Tomato, roasted, or boiled stemmed, seeded and deveined,cored and peeled, or 8oz can tomatoes, drained
8 ounce cubed Mexican queso fresco, or fresh cheese: farmer
1 ½ quart good broth, pref poultry
Muenster, Monterey Jack
1 large lime, cut into wedges
4 corn tortillas, or more
In a medium size skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the lard or oil over medium-low. Add the onion and whole garlic cloves, and fry until both are a deep golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Scoop into a blender jar or food processor, add the tomato and process until smooth. Heat the remaining teaspoon of lard or oil in the same skillet over medium-high. When hot, add the tomato mixture and stir constantly until thick and considerably darker, about 5 minutes. Scrape into a large saucepan.
Stir the broth into the tomato mixture, partially cover and simmer for ½ hour over medium-low heat. Season with salt.
If the tortillas are fresh or moist, let them dry out for a few minutes in a single layer. Slice them in half, the slice the halves crosswise into strips ¼ inch thick. Heat the ⅓ cup vegetable oil in a medium-small skillet over medium-high. When hot, add the tortilla strips and fry, turning frequently, until they are crisp. Drain on paper towels. Cut the chiles into 1-inch squares and fry in the hot oil very briefly, about 3 or 4 seconds; immediately remove and drain, then place in a small serving bowl.
Just before serving, divide the cheese among 4 to 6 bowls, and top with the fried tortilla strips. Ladle on the hot soup and serve right away. Pass the toasted chile separately, along with the lime (the juice of which brings out the flavors of the soup).