The inspiration for this soup came from a trip to the small rustic resort town of Kaillum on the Caribbean. It's about 50 miles south of Cancun and at least that far from phones, electricity or clocks.
The Pheasant Tortilla Soup is based on their garlic, lime, cilantro, and chicken soup. Chicken tortilla soup made by following this recipe is also tasty - just not as exotic.

Pheasant Tortilla Soup

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (Must be fresh!)
  • 1-½ cups cilantro, leaves only
  • 1-½ cups grilled or smoked pheasant or chicken meat, pulled off the bone and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 quart pheasant or chicken stock
  • 5 ribs of celery, diced in ¼" dice
  • 1 cup red onion, minced
  • 1-½ cups fresh sweet kernel corn (frozen corn is OK)
  • ½ cup carrots, julienned (use a mandoline to make this easy)
  • ½ cup garlic, minced in food processor
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced in ¼" dice
  • 1 jalapeño, minced (for spicy, leave in the seeds)
  • 1-½ tablespoons salt

Set the lime juice, cilantro and cooked pheasant to the side to be added in the final 5 minutes before serving.

Add all the other ingredients to a large heavy-bottomed stock pot and bring to a rolling boil.

Reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the lime, cilantro, and pheasant and return to a simmer and serve.

Concentrating on your stock and the freshest ingredients available will insure the best soup around.

Poultry Stock

Yield: 1 gallon

  • 8 lbs. chicken or any game bird, bones and carcass
  • 6 quarts water
  • 1 lb. mirepoix -- 50% onion, chopped; 25% carrot, chopped; 25% celery, chopped
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch parsley stems

Combine all ingredients in stock pot.

Bring to a boil, skim the scum.

Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 hours.

Strain and refrigerate or freeze.