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commodorified ([personal profile] commodorified) wrote2016-09-28 05:53 pm

The current version

Of Somewhat Southwestern Soup

(Quantities are kind of a judgement call, but for 3-5 people:)

Chicken broth, one box.
Chicken thighs, diced, roughly one per person, or one breast for two people or the chicken leftover from last night.
Can of black or navy beans, undrained, or a couple of cups of cooked black beans with their liquor.
Can of tomatoes, diced
Frozen corn, maybe a handful. Maybe two.
Fairly tough greens (spinach disintegrates), chopped fine, as many as you want.
Onions and garlic, dried or diced, a ridiculous amount.
Ground ancho pepper, about a tablespoon.
Cayenne pepper, about a half teaspoon.
Black pepper, about a half teaspoon.
Oregano, about a teaspoon.
Cumin, at least a tablespoon.
Salt, maybe, carefully.
Tortilla chips, or corn tortillas, or flour tortillas.

Combine everything but the tortillas/chips, simmer for an hour. Longer if you want.

Pour over tortillas/chips.
You can also add:
Grated cheese, on top of the tortilla chips.
Cilantro, diced, on the chips.
Green onions, on the chips.
Toasted cumin seeds, on the chips.
Ground chipotle pepper, if you want hotter smokier soup.
Cooked rice, instead of tortillas/chips.
Veggie broth instead of chicken and skip the meat.

There are lots of ways to make this fancier, but I tend to end up making it quickly, on impulse, usually because someone's sick or in pain or just out of cope.
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[personal profile] thnidu 2016-09-29 07:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, looks very good! If only I
1. Could cook
2. Weren't cooking/shopping for one these days
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[personal profile] thnidu 2016-09-29 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)

Harimad here

(Anonymous) 2016-10-01 01:31 pm (UTC)(link)
So true. Back on the late, lamented "Gail's Recipe Swap" that Epicurious used to host, we'd call this a Stupidly Simple, which was about the highest praise we had.
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[personal profile] nolivingman 2016-09-30 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
Variation: canned enchilada sauce makes a good broth for this as well.
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[personal profile] gale_storm 2016-10-01 09:22 am (UTC)(link)
Man, oh man, that sounds good. Just about what I need now. I'll add a bit more cope, maybe :-)