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SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — It has been a Sherman Oaks institution for over 55 years where family traditions are at the heart of every meal.

Casa Vega, 13301 Ventura Blvd., is a family owned restaurant featuring generations-old Vega recipes of delicious traditional Mexican cuisine. The famous San Fernando Valley eatery opened its doors in 1956.

Casa Vega is open seven days a week until 2 a.m. For more on the eatery, visit Casa Vega online.

Tortilla Soup

2 oz canola oil

1/2 cup white onion

1 tbsp chile paste

1/2 tsp cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano and salt

1/4 tsp white pepper

2 cups diced, grilled chicken breast

1 cup tomato sauce

1 liter water

1/2 c chicken broth

1 avocado- large diced

Tortilla chips or strips

Crumbled cotija cheese

– heat oil. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add chile paste and spices. Toss in diced chicken and tomato sauce. Next pour in water and chicken broth. Top with diced avocado, tortilla strips and cotija cheese.

Guacamole

3 avocados

1/2 c white onion

1/2 c diced tomatoes

1 jalapeño

1/2 tsp salt

Squeeze of lime juice

Cilantro to taste

Peel, pit and mash avocado. Add salt and mash a little more. Next add onion, tomato, jalapeño, lime juice and cilantro. Mix well.

Tortilla Chips

Canola oil

12 Corn tortillas cut into 4’s

Add oil in large frying pan so that it is 1/2″ high. Bring to a boil. Add in tortillas and fry until lightly golden. Drain on paper towels

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