Tis the Season to be Soupy.....

Ok, I'm at my soup-making again. Today I made a modified version of Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup. A very modified version, seeing I didn't add any chicken and I used a couple other different items as well. Don't you like it when people say, "Mine is exactly like yours, except...."? That's how this soup is.

Here's my version (for today; every time I make this soup, it's a little different depending on what's in the pantry!):

olive oil
garlic powder
onion powder
dried parsley
chili powder
ground cumin
1/2 chopped onion
as many chopped garlic cloves as you like (I used two big ones this time)
1/2 jar salsa (mine was medium heat)
1 can diced tomatoes (I had the Italian kind so that's what I used)
a can of corn (undrained)
a can of black beans (rinsed)
a couple of chipotle peppers and some adobo sauce (that's where the smokey flavor comes from and it also gives you that extra kick in the back of your throat)
* I also had a couple of brown sausages [the kind you see used for sausage dogs] in the freezer so I added them in (I peeled and diced them once they had boiled)

** I didn't measure the dry spices. Just sprinkled. Call me lazy, or rather, I know what I like! :-)

What to do:
In a sauce pot, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the sausage. Cook it on medium heat for a little while and then adjust seasonings if necessary. Add the cooked sausage and simmer.

Tortilla Strip Topping:
4 corn tortillas
black pepper
olive oil

Brush the corn tortillas with olive oil, sprinkle some black pepper on them, and then cut them into strips. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

How to eat this great soup:
Ladle soup in a bowl. Top with a dollop of sour cream and cheese if you like. Add tortilla strips for that extra something special. Enjoy!

One day I'll make this soup without any meat. I know that'll be good too (as I'm eating my bowl of soup now and skipping the meat - Why do I do that? I like the flavor moreso than the meat itself.)!

Can you find the chunk of chipotle? I see it!


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