this is one of those meals i would be happy to make (and eat) every week. it’s easy to throw together, the toppings make it extra fun and leftovers taste even better the next day. one of my favorite things to do is make a batch on a lazy weekend day (when everyone is hanging out and friends come and go), set out bowls and all the fixings and let people help themselves as they get hungry. no snack time messes or negotiations necessary and the kids devour it.
the recipe is below. hope you enjoy!
1 pound shredded chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 7 ounce can green chilies
32 ounces chicken stock
4 cups hot water
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 -15 ounce cans black beans, drained
3 tablespoons cornmeal (optional)
5 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1. MAKE THE SHREDDED CHICKEN, place chicken breasts into a saucepan and add enough water to cover. cook over medium heat, bring to a boil, and simmer until chicken meat is cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. transfer chicken to a plate, allow to cool, and shred using 2 forks. (while chicken cooks, prep veggies!)
2. SAUTE VEGGIES, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a soup pot over medium high heat. add onions, red peppers, and minced garlic. stir and begin cooking, then add the the spice mix and stir to combine. add shredded chicken and stir.
3. MAKE SOUP, pour in chilies, chicken stock, tomato paste, water, and black beans. bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered. (if the soup is already thick, i skip this part) mix cornmeal with a small amount of water and pour into the soup. simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
time for a taste test! add more seasoning if needed. turn off heat and let cool for 15 minutes. a few minutes before serving, stir in tortilla strips.
ladle into bowls, then add the best part… toppings!!
lime wedges (i’m always tempted to skip this topping, but it’s a fave with this soup)
diced red onion
salsa or pico de gallo
grated cheddar cheese (or mexi blend)
mmmm… now i’m hungry.
do you have an easy go-to meal that everyone loves!?
xo . rae