Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Super Fast Tex-Mex Salsa, Bean, and Corn Soup

A.K.A The absolute best thing to come from leftover homemade salsa
I wanted to share my favorite fast recipe for when you have leftover homemade salsa. Please make this salsa, eat it fresh for a couple of days, and then make this knock-out soup. It's ready in ten minutes, and it's so yummy and healthful and spicy and can change the world and you gotta have it in your fast dinner repertoire. Now I'm running out of breath from all that gushing. I even have a funny and embarrassing story about this soup, but you'll have to pick it up on my last blog project. Scroll down to the entry titled, "From the Mixed up Files of a Frenzied Holiday Cook." And yes, that's little ol' me with super famous RR. After tonight, I'm all out of Cinco leftovers. Moving on!
Super Fast Tex-Mex Salsa, Bean, and Corn Soup
Estimated Cost: $2.50
Notes: My preferred way to make this soup is with the S and W brand chili beans with chipotle, but any brand will work well. Don't mistake them for chili; chili beans are canned pinto beans in a spicy tomato sauce. They're a real time saver!

1 cup leftover smooth salsa
1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 (14 ounce) can chili style beans, or leftover whole beans and a 1/2 tsp. of chipotle chili powder
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
For Serving: Tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese (I used feta), avocado, lime wedges, chopped cilantro
Combine the first four ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. Serve with any of the above toppings.
Coming Tomorrow: The cutest little Meyer lemon cakes to make for Mother's Day


Jana said...

So your blog is insane! Wow! I love to cook and your recipes look amazingly good...and easy. Thank you so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this soup and the funny and embarassing story! I feel so bad that I was there when it happened, but my life was so difficult with one little tiny well-behaved baby, that I was oblivious. I would have cried! For days! We had this soup tonight, before I even saw it on your blog, and I thought of you and your beautiful hair! Be careful with this batch of leftovers!

Lisa said...

Great soup and funny story! I loved your RR blog. I was telling my husband about your Halloween parties and we are going to start a similar tradition. I hope you don't mind us stealing your idea:)

Mary Kate said...

Everytime Bella Kate hears your snappy blog music she cries out "I want to go to Erin's house!" I feel exactly the same way. The soup is beatiful and easy. How do you do it?

RecipeGirl said...

Terrific idea. I always seem to have leftover salsa. The kid just might eat this one too!

I had no idea that you won that RR contest. What a fun experience :) Stop by my blog to pick up a little award from me (not as exciting as RR, but still some acknowledgment!)

Anonymous said...

Dearest Prudy,
A couple of questions- Can you offer any ideas for vegetarian side dishes to your spiced rubbed chicken, from a few posts back. And for the mini bbq chicken sandwiches, I saw that you recommended a few alternatives to using chicken, would you just prepare the veggies (zuccini or mushrooms) the same as the chicken? Thanks for any help you can offer.

Prudy said...

Thanks for stopping by. I loved your blog before I even read it. The name alone makes me cuckoo with laughter.
Lisa: Please steal my idea. Maybe I'll come to your house instead on Halloween! Thanks for being so supportive.
MK: Please bring Bella to my house. I will make her fistfulls of cookies.
Lori: I'm so honored that you would enjoy my blog! I couldn't be happier. I'm heading over to your recipe site for a banana recipe muffin tonight. I just can't decide if I can hold off my craving till tomorrow or if I want a midnight muffin.
One of my favorite veggie dishes is spice rubbed zuchinni. Rub it with olive oil and sprinkle on the same spices as the chicken. Then grill or broil. I'm going to post that soon...maybe this summer when the zukes are prolific. As for a perfect side dish for the spice rubbed chicken-go for a quick black bean salad.

Leah said...

cMmmmm...that soup looks great! Your blog entry about soup in the hair was a scream - I'm happy that you can laugh about it now but I'm sure you wanted to cry when it happened! I probably would have cancelled on my company and sat down and cried my eyes out. In the shower. Where I would be washing the soup out of my hair!

Prudy said...

Just so you can understand my level of neurotic insanity, I have to tell you that before I could shower and get all of that out of my hair, I went on a run. Yes, a good 4 mile run. I had planned to exercise and shower before the company came. I knew if I took a shower, I would skip the exercise. So I ran. With beans and corns and chiles in my hair. It's a good thing that my husband has a sense of humor. It comes in handy.

Michal said...

the soup looks great--only one problem. if i make homemade salsa there are rarely leftovers. my kids and husband just gobble it down. i'll have to make more next time, just so i can try the soup.:)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips, Prudy! I can't wait to try spice rubbed zuccini!

Jim Thomas said...

Congrats, Prudy! That's impressive. I knew something was amiss when I saw you on TV in Charlotte.

Your recipe's are incredible. You know, I wanted to be a chef.

Am I the only male species around? :)

Prudy said...

Possibly, Jim-so stick around! I need you!