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Published Friday, June 25, 2021

By Melissa Pette

I know you are going to agree with me when I say that in this little piece of heaven we know as Costa Rica, it is really easy to find and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. The large variety of fresh products in the "Feria" market are one of many reasons I decided to reside in my Pura Vida country.

But the reasons for expats to relocate here are as diverse as the countries they come from.

Today, our new friend James Dinser, born and raised in Texas, decided to leave his "first life" behind and write a new chapter living here.

James has given me his permission to share a little bit of his story. After working as a school teacher for many years, one day he woke up and decided that he no longer wanted to live in a comfort zone.

"I surprised myself with my potential to solve complicated situations. Living in Costa Rica has helped me to meet a version of myself that I did not know," James said.

Now, James is living in Escaz˙ with his girlfriend and surrounded by new friends. "I love my adopted country. Every day I wake up and see that bright morning sunlight over the green mountains. Every day I wake up with the energy to go out and travel to new places and meet new people. I love my new life," James said.

Amen to that!

James shares his Texan tortilla soup recipe with us. It is simply delicious. Try it, you will not be able to stop eating.

Let's go to the kitchen!

Texas Tortilla Soup

By James Dinser
From United Riverside, Fort Worth, TX
Living in Acropolis, Escaz˙, San JosÚ

To serve two people, the ingredients you need are:

╗ 4 red tomatoes.
╗ 1 small white onion.
╗ 1 red sweet chili.
╗ 1 teaspoon garlic.
╗ 1/2 a liter of water.
╗ 2 teaspoons of oil.
╗ Chopped cilantro.
╗ 10 corn tortillas.
╗ 1 avocado.
╗ A small packet of "ranchera" sauce (Ducal or Roma brand).

The sauce first. Cut the tomatoes,
onion and red sweet chilies. In the blender add those ingredients and garlic. Make a basic sauce and pour it into a saucepan with half oil. Let it boil for 10 minutes.

Add the water to the tomato sauce, add the ranch sauce and the chopped cilantro. Let it boil for 5 more minutes.  You have made an awesome possum sauce!

The tortillas. Cut them into strips and fry then with the rest of oil, over low heat, until they turn golden crispy.

Serve the hot soup into a bowl, add the fried tortillas and the avocado. There you have it, the oh so good Texan tortilla soup ever!

Thank you so much to readers. Don't forget to share your recipe and photos by emailing More tasty recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida and Salud!


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