For the Texas Librarian’s Association Conference, I was clever enough to book myself a weekend at the historic, haunted Menger Hotel in San Antonio…
Because as I always say, the BEST THING to do before a 6am national radio interview is to stay up all night, petrified that the ghost of Santa Anna is peering in at you from the closet.
Don’t deny it. Santa Anna still gives you nightmares. 😀 😉
From sipping bourbon in the bar where the original Rough Riders mustered, to sleeping just steps away from the Alamo, it was a weekend I will never forget— mostly because of their signature beef tortilla soup.
At the hotel’s exquisite lunch buffet, tucked into a daily smorgasbord of herbed roast beef with horseradish and rosemary aus jus, poached brown shrimp with jalapeno tartar sauce, and Tex Mex enchiladas, I found the tastiest tortilla soup I’ve ever had in my life.
Instead of the classic chicken tortilla soup, the Menger Hotel brings us this beef tortilla soup with traditional accompaniments.
Warning: You will not be able to stop eating it.
I rushed home to create the recipe, and here it is, just in time for Halloween!
After you cook it, it sits patiently on the stove, getting better by the minute until you’re ready to chow down… which makes it a perfect choice for dinner after trick or treating, or any time you need a delicious and impressive meal, prepared ahead of time.
Enjoy! And keep an eye out for the ghost of Santa Anna— because this is one soup you’ll want to return from the afterlife for!