• 4 cups of bone broth (I used turkey)
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 2 cups of kidney beans
  • 1 cup of black beans
  • 10 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • dash of salt
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • 2 cups of chopped turkey or chicken meat
  • garnish with chips and cheese

Well after a wonderful holiday vacation in Arizona I am back and I am sick with a sore throat. Hopefully between my kefir and grapefruit and echinecea; I’ll heal quickly. But in any case, it’s soup for dinner tonight. And as usual, I’m using up what I’ve got on hand and what needs eating and what’s leftover.

What I’ve got on hand is frozen turkey bone broth that I made 2 weeks ago and frozen turkey meat. Since I haven’t gone shopping yet, I’m out of fresh stuff. But I do have several cans of red kidney beans, black beans, and some frozen corn. What do I have leftover to use up? A bag of chips with 4 kinds of chips in it, from a holiday party where all the leftovers were poured into this one bag. Tortilla Taco Chili Soup to the rescue!

I took my largest container of broth out of the freezer. Once it had thawed enough to slip out of the container, I plopped the frozen chunk into a soup pot and turned it on medium heat. I drained and rinsed 2 cans of kidney beans and one of black beans and put those in the pot. I thawed a few cups of turkey meat and chopped it and added it. I put in some frozen corn. I opened a can of tomato sauce and added that. I choose sauce over chunks because my son won’t eat the tomato chunks when he sees them. Add all of the seasonings  and garlic and close the lid. 30 minutes later, everything was thawed and boiling hot.

I served this with the chips, which we just sprinkled generously over the soup and added cheddar cheese. I added fermented hot pepper sauce to taste (which my neighbor made and gave to me recently).

This soup was very good. It was basic, I know. But I am sick and tired from traveling and this was so easy and perfect. If I make this in the future and plan ahead for it, I would also add fresh cilantro, lime juice, avocado, and perhaps have a salad on the side.

What is your “go-to” easy meal after being away from home for several days with no groceries in the fridge?

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