Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Simmering Soup - Day 3 - Chili and Soup Link-Up

Day 3 of Simmering Soup Week. A week of soup recipes is working for me and I hope it is for you, too! I hope you are having fun and finding some new recipes to try! If you have missed anything, here you go:

Today I have some chili recipes to share with you plus links to other soups I have posted in the past.

Did you know that soup is even in the Bible?
And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, "Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets." 2 Kings 4:38

That is the kind of soup I'm talking about today - soup that needs a big pot and is hearty enough to feed our sons.

"How do you make gold soup?" "With 22 carrots."

First, a yummy favorite of mine, from Perfect Recipes for having People Over by Pam Anderson:

White Chicken Chili With Hominy

White Chicken Chili With Hominy

2 store-bought roast chickens, meat picked from bones and pulled into bite-size pieces, bones and skin reserved
2 quarts chicken broth
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup ground cumin
4 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 large onions, cut into medium dice
2 jars or cans (4.5 oz each) diced mild green chiles
2 cans (20 oz. each) hominy, rinsed (about 6 cups)
6 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 cups frozen corn, preferable white shoepeg

Combine chicken bones and skin, chicken broth, and 4 cups water in a large pot and bring to a boil over med.-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until bones release their flavor, about 30 minutes. Strain broth into a large bowl; discard bones and skin. (You can skip this step to save time, but substitute chicken broth for the 4 cups water.)

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot on med.-low heat. Add cumin, oregano, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until spices sizzle and are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onions, increase heat to medium, and saute until soft, 4-5 minutes. Add chicken and chiles and stir to coat. Add 4 cups hominy and all but 1 cup broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors, 25-30 minutes.

In a food processor, process remaining 2 cups hominy and reserved 1 cup broth until silky smooth. Stir into simmering soup. Stir in minced garlic and corn and simmer to blend flavors, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and serve with accompaniments of your choice (like tortilla chips, shredded cheese, cilantro, sour cream, etc.). Serves 12.

I know, it takes some work, but it is so worth it and makes a big pot - it's delicious and good enough for company! I hope you give it a try!

OK, the next one is a little easier and goes in your slow cooker. It comes from Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining. I prefer chili without beans and just love this version:

Spicy Chili

Spicy Chili

1/2 lb. sausage, either cut in thin slices or removed from casings
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced (I left these out)
1/8 cup chopped celery (I forgot this in the batch pictured)
1/8 cup chopped green peppers
1 cup salsa
16-oz. tomato juice
6-oz. can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon pepper

I also added the following:
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
15-oz. can whole-kernel corn, undrained
- You could add a 15-oz. can black beans, undrained, if desired.

1. Brown sausage, ground beef, and onion in skillet. During last 3 minutes of browning, add mushrooms, celery, and green peppers. Continue cooking; then drain.

2. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into slow cooker.

3. Cover. Cook on high 2-3 hours.

Serves 4-6

I would at least double this recipe - it just makes sense. It's so yummy - kinda spicy, but not overpowering and still kid-friendly. If you like it hotter, add more chili powder. Yum - I could eat another bowl of it right now!

I posted another good slow cooker soup recipe before:

And have some soups posted on my other (less chocolatey) blog:

Stop by Works-For-Me-Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer for more great ideas. Enjoy the soup!


  1. I have GOT to try White Chicken Chili. I love that stuff, but for some reason, I've always been too intimidated to make it. This looks easy enough! I'm going to have to work that into my menu plan. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I love White Chicken Chili!! I have posted my Shrimp Chowder I hope you enjoy it.

  3. This is so fun my friend! I am going to have a fun time checking out your soup recipes. I may have to steal a few and if I like them I'll post them on my cooking blog with a link to yours. With permission from you of course.
    Hugs to you!!!

  4. This is the first "linky" thing I've done (see, I don't even know what they're called!) but we're trying your Chicken Wild Rice Soup tonight and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Hey girl! I'll be posting an amazing potato soup recipe later - SOSOSOSOSOSO good!!!

  6. Shout out to your page on mine.. thanks again

  7. i luv luv luv luv luv luv soup! can't wait to try out some new ones!

  8. Yummy these sound soo good. I'm trying to do my post now, but my computer is being so slow!!!!

    Will there be a new linky each day? to add new recipes?

  9. Oh, my goodness...you don't even want to know how long it took me to post my soup recipe...my internet is being odd....I think I need some chocolate (C: I also shared this on my facebook.

  10. Ummm...these sound yummy! I finally posted mine this afternoon. I've been cleaning and didn't get a chance until now. Can't wait to see all the other participants' recipes! Thanks for hosting! :) hugs, Rhonda

  11. I love soup and keep containers in the freezer all winter long. Thanks for the new recipes!

  12. I love chili but red and white:-)

  13. Chili is SO perfect especially on cold winter days! Hope you have a great one! God bless.

  14. Here's my soup:
    take a bag of navy beans and soak them overnight in water (or let them boil for 2 min.and then sit for an hour. Make SURE you drain the water off!! (otherwise, LOTS of GAS!!)
    Anyway, put the beans in the crockpot with a hambone (preferable hony baked hambone bought for $5 after Christmas or Easter)and cover with chicken stock. Cook till beans are mushy and ham falls off the bone. Don't usually need a lot of salt, due to the ham, but i do add pepper and some curry powder.
    duckbooks at peoplepc.com

  15. These recipes sound so yummy! I can't believe I got so busy this week that I missed most of Soup Week. Sorry my friend! I am enjoying catching up, though. It's making me hungry!

  16. I love soups because they are usually lower in points. I saw that Mr. Linky was down so here is my link if you want to add it to your list. Come on over to try crab and corn bisque. http://www.melsboxofchocolates.com/2009/01/five-point-friday-crab-and-corn-bisque.html


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