Got leftover salsa? Make soup!! This seriously simple chicken Salsa Chowder recipe is chock full of flavor and makes great use of refrigerator "odds and ends".
Although last week was MIA, the meals were not. But they definitely were on the simpler side - mostly roasted or grilled meat or fish, an easy vegetable and rice/grain/pasta. In short, nothing worth sharing here at the Table.
But then there was this creamy, spicy, bursting with flavor Salsa Chowder.
I was so happy with it that I thought it deserved a spot. Like my Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Semifreddo, this soup resulted from my bi weekly refrigerator clean out which yielded a couple of potatoes and ½ container of fresh salsa. I'd been in the mood for soup and looking at the odds and ends from the fridge I definitely had the makings for a good pot.
Soup is one of my "go to" dishes when I need a relatively quick meal -especially on nights when I haven't planned in advance!!! With a few basics in the pantry and freezer/fridge it's not hard to come up with something good and it's a great way to use up those vegetable odds and ends which I always seem to have in my house. I know that may seem weird - when you think of soup, you generally think of a pot slowly simmering on the stove. While there are lots of soups that do require a longer prep/simmer time, many soups, like this Salsa Chowder, don't and in fact, wouldn't taste nearly as good if they were simmered too long so they are perfect for quick meals.
Although I've included the recipe, it really is more of a guide and as I made this Salsa Chowder, I thought of all kinds of things I could have added or substituted so there is a lot of room for improvisation and adaptation.
Other soup recipes you might enjoy:
- Vegetable and White Bean Soup
- Thai Hot and Sour Soup
- Sweet and Salty African Peanut Soup
- Creamy Chickpea Soup with Roasted Red Peppers
- Cock a Leekie Soup
So do you have any favorite "refrigerator soups"? If so, I'd love to hear about them!!
- 2 Tbsp. canola oil
- 1 large onion peeled and cut into ½ inch dice
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. chile powder
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 2 - 4 small potatoes - scrubbed and cut into ½ inch dice
- 1 - 1 ½ cups fresh salsa
- ¼ cup diced green chiles
- 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 Tbsp. white wine worcestershire
- ½ tsp. hot sauce optional
- ½ cup half and half or ¼ cup cream
- ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped fresh tomatoes for garnish
- In a large soup pot, heat the 2 Tbsp. of canola oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until the onions become soft and translucent - about 5 - 7 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and chile powder and cook for another 1 - 2 minutes. Add the corn and cook for another 5 minutes, until the corn is slightly caramelized. Add the potatoes, salsa, green chiles, white wine and chicken/vegetable stock and white wine worcestershire. Bring soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes (covered) or until potatoes are soft but still firm to bite. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding hot sauce if desired. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh tomatoes and cilantro.
- To increase the protein in this soup, you could easily add a can of rinsed and drained black beans or some roasted, shredded chicken.
- I used a relatively mild salsa but you could also use a hotter salsa if you like a spicier soup.
- I found this soup hearty enough that it only needed a salad. I served one with chopped romaine, slivered red onion and orange sections with a citrus dressing and it went really well with the soup, and of course fresh corn tortillas are always good with it too!