Preheat oven to broil. Destem, deseed poblanos. Cut poblanos in half and lay on sheet pan (in the pictures above I used a silpat but I roasted at a lower temperature - when broiling simply lay the poblanos directly on a sheetpan). The flatter the poblanos, the better. Broil the poblanos for about 10 minutes on the second to highest rack and until poblanos are blistered. Remove from oven and place in a covered container for at least 15 minutes (this will make it easer for the skin to peel off). Once cool enough to handle, peel blistered skin off and slice the poblanos into 1" strips (this step can be done up to two days ahead). Set aside.
In a 4 quart sauce pan add the oil on medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add the cut tortilla pieces to the hot oil. Stir frequently on medium high until strips are crisp (a bit of sticking here is ok).
To the tortilla strips add the minced garlic, onion and optional jalapeño pepper. Saute' for about 2 minutes on medium, stirring frequently.
To the tortilla mixture, add 1/2 the corn, tomatoes, paste, veggie broth and all spices and salt. Bring to a simmer, stir and simmer for five minutes.
Remove from the heat and using an immersion blender (or other), blend until soup is smooth and creamy.
Return to heat on low, add the corn and poblano peppers. Warm through, about 5 minutes on low.
Garnish with limes, tortilla strips, avocado, corn, cilantro. Serve with warm, soft tortillas and pico de gallo.
This soup freezes and reheats with ease. Allow to cool completely before freezing. To thaw, place in refrigerator overnight and reheat for about 10 minutes on low heat.Adapted from Sedona Tortilla Soup recipe by California Pizza Kitchen.