I have been craving healthy food lately. Could be because I still have 13 pounds of baby weight to lose, could be due to the OBSESSION I have with cookies. Regardless, this is a healthy, yummy and easy recipe that I tweaked from Pioneer Woman's recipe.
First, chop up a red bell pepper, green pepper and onion.
Saute in a tablespoon of olive oil until softened and add 2-3 garlic cloves, minced of course.
Next, shred a rotisserie chicken and add in the pot.
Now for the heat..aka..flavor. My husband and I like really flavorful food. When I finish a dish, especially a southwestern dish, I've usually given the hot sauce bottle a few shakes, the cayenne pepper a few pinches and a lot of salt and pepper. I know I've gone overboard when my bestie Kelly starts to get sweat bubbles on her forehead. Wuss.
Ok, so for this soup...I used 2 tablespoons cumin, 1 tablespoon chili pepper, a few pinches of red pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon garlic powder. I didn't measure my salt and pepper, but I used about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a few shakes of Lowry's. As for the pepper, I turned my pepper mill a good 10 times. "Some like it HOT".
Add one large can of diced tomatoes and a small can of rotel. Simmer for a bit and then add 2 cans of drained black beans and a can of shoe peg corn.
**Pioneer Goddess, I mean Woman, suggested mixing a tablespoon of corn mill with a tablespoon of warm water to add to the pot. I tried this and I liked it. Sorry I forgot the picture. It added a little thickness and corn flavor to the pot.
Finn dropped his pacifier at this point and I'm glad he did. I had to regroup, clean off his paci and check out the recipe. I almost forgot to add a small can of tomato paste. Phew. that was a close one. The tomato paste is a must.
Add in a box of chicken stock and let it simmer away. Change a dirty diaper, play "ride this horsey" and wipe the drool off your baby. THEN, cut up a lime, some cilantro, onion and get the cheddar ready. Sewp time!
I also added some sour cream and avocado, along with some Chalula. We are trying to watch our weight here in the Westover casa, so I went with baked tortilla chips rather than Frito Scoops. It worked.