A way to stay warm JLC

The internet is a beautiful thing.  I was doing my usual “google” search for new recipes and found a recipe from the Junior League of Houston cookbook, “Stop and Smell the Rosemary.”  The recipe is for “The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup” and I can’t wait to try it out.  The nights have been chilly here in the Queen City and a bowl of this soup sounds like a great way to warm me (and my belly) up.
Let me know what you think if any of you try it out for yourselves!
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup
6 tablespoons canola oil
8 corn tortillas, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 bay leaves
6 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 large cooked chicken breast halves, shredded
shredded monterey jack cheese
diced Avocado
sour cream (optional)
2 corn tortillas, sliced and fried crisp (optional)
1.  In dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat.
2.  Add the tortillas, garlic, cilantro and onion, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
3.  Add the tomatoes, bringing to a boil.
4.  Add cumin, chili powder and bay leaves.
5.  Add chicken stock and return to a boil.
6.  Reduce heat.
7.  Add salt and cayenne and simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
8.  Remove bay leaves and stir in shredded chicken.
9.  Garnish with Monterrey Jack cheese and avocado, and sour cream and fried tortillas if desired.