If you haven't been watching as the huge collection of soup recipes has been coming in during February, there are a whole lot of them collected now over at A Veggie Venture. Go check out all the soups. I'm sharing one more soup recipe before the event ends.
This recipe started with left-over rotisserie chicken, and I had in mind for this to be a white bean chili, but when it came time to put the beans in, I only had pinto beans. It didn't matter because when the soup was finished, I thought the combination of pinto beans, lime, and cilantro was perfect. The mystery ingredient this time is a little bit of hummus, giving a bit more body to the soup.
The other soups I've created for this month of soup included Lentil and Sausage Soup with Cabbage, Chicken Soup with Collard Greens, Carrots, and Brown Rice, and White Bean and Ham Soup with Chard. I'd say it's been a pretty good month of soup making!
Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup with Lime and Cilantro
(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
1 onion, diced small
1 T chopped garlic
1-2 tsp. olive oil
8 cups homemade chicken stock (or 5 cans chicken broth)
2 ts. dried oregano (preferably Mexican Oregano)
1 T ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground Chipotle chile powder (or use a small amount diced canned Chipotles in adobo or your favorite hot sauce)
2 cans pinto beans with juice
4 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 4 oz. can diced green chiles (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos)
1/2 cup hummus (or refried beans)
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or use less if you're not a cilantro lover)
Heat olive oil in frying pan, then saute onion 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and saute a couple of minutes more.
In large soup pot combine chicken stock, onions, garlic, oregano, ground cumin, and Chipotle chile powder and let simmer on low about 15 minutes.
Add 2 cans pinto beans with juice, cooked chicken, diced green chiles, and hummus or refried beans and simmer one hour or a little longer, until flavors are well combined, and beans are quite soft.
Turn off heat and stir in lime juice and chopped cilantro. Serve hot, with more chopped cilantro to be sprinkled on top if desired.
South Beach Suggestions:
Pinto beans are considered a "good" carb for the South Beach Diet, and soup like this is perfect for any phase of the diet. I would consider this to be a complete meal, but if you wanted something more, this would taste great with Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans or Tomato and Garbanzo Salad. For phase two or three, you could pair this with 100% whole wheat bread, or whole wheat tortillas.