|A tried and true fiesta comfort soup...|
[Featured on 3-19-12 at:
Prep/Cook: 25 Mins.
Posted by Sandra
2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 ribs celery, chopped
½ red bell pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
¼ teaspoon sriracha sauce (or your preferred hot sauce)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 cups water
2 fresh corn on the cob, kernels removed, (or 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups skinless, cooked chicken, roughly shredded
1 (14.5 oz. can) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (creamy white beans)
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, seeded, and chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
--4 lemon wedges
In medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add celery, bell pepper, onion, and garlic, and cook, covered, 8 to 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender while frequently stirring. Add cumin, chili powder, and sriracha sauce, and cook 30 seconds, while stirring. Add broth, water, corn kernels, and lemon juice to vegetable mixture; cover saucepot and heat to boiling over high heat.
Add chicken pieces, chopped cilantro, and cannellini beans into broth mixture in saucepan; heat to boiling, covered, over high heat for 3 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in chopped tomatoes. Taste for seasonings, adding sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, if desired.
Place a handful of crushed tortillas in bottom of each bowl, and ladle soup over top, and then sprinkle each bowl with avocado pieces. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over soup just prior to eating. Place additional whole tortilla chips along side for scooping. ~ Enjoy!
Tip: This soup is fabulous using lime instead of lemon as well (I just happened to have fresh lemons on-hand today.