Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

When life hands you stale tortilla chips....make this soup. I thought this soup was fun. You can set out all sorts of different toppings to dress it up, sour cream, avocado, olives, Tabasco, a taco bar, but with fun is that?!?!...Ok so you probably shouldn't take advice on what is fun by someone who once aspired to be an ornithologist. But if nothing else this was a break from the norm, and a great way to use up some left over tortilla chips that were past their prime. This is a pantry meal, so go ahead and play with it to suit your pantries ingredients.

Olive oil about 1tbs
1 onion diced
1 tbs chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt
cayenne to taste
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
2 cups of chickpeas
1 cup frozen spinach
2/3 cups salsa
4 cups of broth
stale (or not) tortilla chips

Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and spices and cook for about five minutes or until tender.

Add the garlic and salsa, cook one more minute.

Add the chickpeas and spinach and cook for five more minutes.

Add the broth and bring to a simmer, simmer for about ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with cilantro, tortilla chips, hot sauce, sour cream, avocado...or whatever else you would like.

My son picked out all of the spinach.....and ate that first. Then he proceeded to finish his entire bowl, and half of mine. I can't blame him, I really like the way the spinach came through in this soup. My daughter decided she doesn't like lunch, so I offered it to her as a snack......she seemed okay with that.

P.S. Pictures will be up when I figure out how to get them off of my new (squeeeeeeeeee) camera.

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