Black Bean Enchilada Soup
I have this awesome friend named Lisa. She is a riot, beautiful, and always, I mean always has a big smile on her face and a great story to share! Oh, and she also has a great appreciation for good shoes and good food — no wonder we are such great buds!
So, Lisa sent me this Enchilada soup recipe over the weekend. When Lisa sends a recipe, I know I had better drop everything and make it immediately! Which is pretty much exactly what I did! She got the recipe from her Farm Chicks cookbook (I guess I need to get my hands on one!) and I adapted it with my usual tweaks to create this flavorful masterpiece that ended up in my stew pot this weekend–pure scrumptiousness in a bowl!
Before I share the recipe, do you want to know more about our weekend? Too bad, cause I am going to tell you anyway! 🙂 It was our first weekend at home with NOTHING TO DO–no visitors, no commitments, NOTHING–in a very, very long time! I can’t tell you how happy that made us! So, what did we do?? LEAVE! We took Tobi and Wilson (Henna has a bum leg right now, so she stayed home to rest) hiking on Sunday. We headed south to check out Johnny Morris’ Dogwood Canyon Nature Reserve. Great decision! I have to take this opportunity to give Johnny much deserved thanks for creating a wonderful place for nature enthusiasts to get some exercise in the heart of the Ozarks! For those of you who aren’t from these here parts (ha, I had to say that!), Dogwood Canyon is a beautiful nature reserve boasting a 6 1/2 mile paved trail for hiking, running, biking, roller blading–they even have a tram for those less inclined to get out and move!–whatever your preference may be. The trail is lined with waterfalls, stunning cliffs, caves, trees, and much, much more! Making it a photogs dream! You could seriously spend all day exercising and snapping photos of the scenery–which is pretty much what I did! Oh, happy day!
Anyway, we were exhausted by the time we made it home, but I couldn’t wait to get started on the much anticipated enchilada soup. I quickly got the prep work done and set the soup to simmer. Simmer it did–for about two hours while we sat outside by a bonfire sipping on thirst quenching home brews, playing with the dogs, rehashing our day of fun! When we finally drug ourselves in for dinner we were starving for this hot and filling soup. It took just one bite to know that it completely exceeded our expectations! It was the perfect way to end our perfect day! THANK YOU LISA for sharing!
Black Bean Enchilada Soup
1 T ground cumin
1 T cumin seed
1 T EVOO
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 T garlic, minced
3-4 c veggie or chicken broth
1 # chicken (thigh is best), cut up into small pieces (hormone free-antibiotic free). This soup tastes GREAT without the chicken, so don’t be afraid to make this vegetarian or vegan.
2 cans organic, non-gmo black beans, do not drain
1 14 oz can organice fire roasted tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 c frozen corn (non-gmo, organic)
1 c organic salsa
2 roasted jalapenos, minced
1 T chili powder
1 lime, juiced
1 t chipotle pepper flakes
green onion, chopped
non-dairy sour cream (we use tofutti sour cream!)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice open the jalapenos and place them on a cooking sheet seed side down. Roast for about 25-30 minutes, until very soft. Remove from oven and mince.
While the peppers are roasting, saute the red and yellow onion, garlic, chipotle pepper flakes and cumin (both the seeds and ground) in EVOO in a large skillet over low heat until the onions are soft, but not brown–about 5-7 minutes. Turn up the heat to medium and add the corn, chili powder and roasted jalapenos and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the salsa, fire roasted tomatoes, chicken (optional) beans and a big squeeze of lime (about half of the limes juice) and cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn up the heat to medium high, add the broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low (as low as you can go!) and cook uncovered for about an hour (or two if you get distracted), stirring occasionally.
Serve the soup once it has achieved the consistency you desire! Garnish with a big spoonful of sour cream, a handful of chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and a big, big squeeze of lime!