Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spicy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup


Spicy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

 
This is a spicy tomato based soup, loaded with fresh vegetables, sausage and two kinds of beans. This soup came together in well under an hour and it was a delicious and simple meal to start our vacation. Arizona weather is all over the place these days. From 100+ days to the slightly chilly weather (just to clarify, anything under 65 qualifies as chilly for me!) at night, I realized today that I made everything from ice cream to soup this past week. Apparently, I can't decide what I'm in the mood for either.

I randomly decided to toss in a good amount of my favorite Mexican Spice Blend and I'm so glad that I did. I absolutely loved the heat and can't believe I hadn't thought of adding it to more soups this past year. I already have several ideas for dishes next winter, as I'm thinking that this will likely be the last of our hot soups this year.

Spicy Mexican Bean and Vegetable Soup

1 lb hot sausage
29 ounces petite diced tomatoes
16 ounces tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can
1 1/2 cups cooked light red kidney beans or 1 can
3 ears corn or 1 can
6 baby zucchini, about 3 cups 1/4" slices
4 cups baby spinach
8 cups beef broth or 8 cups water plus 1 heaping tablespoon Better than Bouillon (or beef bouillon)
2 tablespoon Mexican Spice Mix (reduce to 1 tablespoon for a less spicy version)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Optional: shredded cheese of your choice; Parmesan or Pecorino Romano work well, as does a Mexican Cheese blend

In a large pot over medium heat, cook and crumble the sausage. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and spinach. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes and then add the zucchini. Simmer about 10-15 more minutes, or just until the zucchini is barely tender. Add the spinach and stir to wilt. If desired, serve topped with the cheese of your choice. Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. I'll definitely be making this, if not this summer than next fall! I love spicy healthy veg-full soups!

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  2. I am not a huge fan of veggie soups.. but every time I see one on your site, I want a big bowl of it!!

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  3. This looks sooo good, and I love that your veggies are still vibrant! And I'm with you on the AZ weather, did you see the forecast for today? 109!

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  4. 109?!?! Sheesh! I used to live in the desert too... totally remember that, and don't miss it, haha (at least, not too much...)
    This soup looks amazing! I pinned it.

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  5. This soup is perfect for all the summer zucchini and corn---I know I've said it a million times but you have such a talent for capturing soups etc. in photos!

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  6. We love soup any time, in any weather! This sounds like a great meal!

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  7. This soups sounds wonderful. I am sure it would warm you on those chilly days.

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  8. Okay now this looks like the kind of soup I could really go for!! Looks o delicious!

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  9. It has been so cold and rainy here this week, I could use a big bowl of this right now! Looks amazing!

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  10. It is so chilly this morning that I could handle a bowl of this....for breakfast!

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