Potato,Carrot, and Bean Soup a la Mexicana

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Ingredients (14)

  • 2 Liters of Water (10/12 cups)
  • 1 Onion, whole
  • 1 Spoonful of vegetable oil
  • 1 Spoonful of Salt
  • 1/2 spoon of Pepper
  • 6 White Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Can of red kidney Beans
  • 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • Four strips of Bacon, fried until semi crispy
  • Juice of Two Limes
  • 2 small Jalepenos (or other hot peppers) chopped (or 1 for a milder taste)
  • 10 sprigs of cilantro, chopped

Summary

Thought this one up because I was sick and needed to make a soup. Basically took a very basic vegetable soup recipe and ended up giving it a Mexican twist. The end result was awesome. You’ll have a healthy, hearty soup and sweat off any sickness. Forget chicken soup, this is The Goodness.

Instructions

  1. 1In a large soup pan or sauce pan, add the water, whole onion, oil and salt. Heat on 1/4 heat.
  2. 2Chop all potatoes, carrots and garlic then add to water, switch to medium heat.
  3. 3Open can of beans and drain of all liquid. I also recommend rinsing until all of the residue is gone and only the beans are left.
  4. 4Add to soup and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes then reduce to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes (Covered).
  5. 5Add can of diced tomatoes and to soup, cover, and begin frying the bacon in a separate pan.
  6. 6Once bacon is near the desired crispiness, remove and chop on the cutting board.
  7. 7Add half of the diced tomatoes from soup (dont worry if a couple of carrots or beans get caught up, just drain of liquid first) and sautee on 3/4 heat. Add half of the chopped cilantro and toss in with tomatoes to sautee about a minute.
  8. 8Add the chopped bacon and sautee another minute or so on medium heat. This is a good point to get creative with other tastes–maybe some oregano or a bay leaf would work as well.
  9. 9Toss all ingredients from pan back into soup. Add the hot pepper (jalepeno or other type will work fine).
  10. 10Test potatoes and carrots for consistency. They shouldn’t be too tender so another 10/15 minutes of cooking (covered) on 1/4 heat before it’s done. Add the 1/2 spoon of pepper now.
  11. 11Prior to serving add the Lime juice and stir, mixing it into soup. Serve topped with fresh chopped cilantro.
  12. 12Add salt and pepper to taste and a teaspoon of Sour Cream if desired.
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