Saturday, December 12, 2009

Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup

1 large jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 large sweet (vidalia or walla walla) onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T cumin, ore more to taste
salt, pepper
2 cups leftover cooked turkey or chicken, or omit if you are vegetarian
1 32 oz box of broth, or a 2-3 cans
2 cans crushed tomatoes
i bag of frozen corn
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 14 1/2 oz cans of beans, I like the black beans
16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
olive oil

Optional garnish, crused tortilla chips, sour cream, chopped avocado

Pour olive oil to coat bottom of large soup pot. Add onions, garlic, jalapeno, a teaspoon of salt or so, and the cumin and stir till onion is cooked. Dump in chicken or turkey and warm up. Add tomatoes, broth, corn, beans, and chopped cilantro. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, stir in cheese, and simmer for awhile till all the flavors blend. Add more salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. Cumin gives it all the flavor so I usually add a LOT more, but its up to you. Better to start with a little and adjust to your liking!

Serve with crushed chips, a dallop of sour cream, and some chopped avocadoes on top. YUM! Very spicy and warming.



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