Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fiesta Chowder

Love this soup!  All the Mexican flavors I love in a bowl.  The recipe comes from the "Southern Living,  Our Readers Top Rated Recipes" cookbook.  The list of ingredients is long, but it comes together very quickly.


3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3-4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cubed (bite size pieces)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 package (1.4 ounce) fajita seasoning mix
1 can (15 1/4 ounce) whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
1 can (15 ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounce)  diced tomatoes (can also use Mexican-style diced tomatoes)
1 can (4.5 ounce) chopped green chiles
3 cups water  (I used chicken broth for more flavor)
1 cup uncooked instant brown rice (I only use 1/2 cup, otherwise soup is too thick)
1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced black olives (optional) (I added)
1 can (10 3/4 ounce) condensed nacho cheese soup
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (I used 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

In a large Dutch oven sauté onion 5 minutes until soft, add garlic and sauté 1 minute more.  Add chicken and cook, stirring often, 4 minutes or until browned. Stir in flour and fajita seasoning and cook 2 minutes.  Add corn, beans, tomatoes, chiles, broth, rice, and black olives.

Bring mixture to a boil; then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove lid, and stir in nacho cheese soup, chopped cilantro, and lime juice.  Use chicken broth or water if chowder becomes too thick.   Serves 8


  1. Hi Dear! Thanks for the coffee today! It was great to meet you! I couldn't wait to come home from my meeting at Blackhawk Tech, hug the kids and get over here to see your blog! I am so excited to peruse your recipes and hopefully I can feature you soon as a spotlight post! That portobella recipe looks divine! Have a glorious night and a wondrous week! Blessings, Amy

  2. Really good soup!