Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tomato Chickpea Chipotle Soup ~ Hear Me Out

I know what you're thinking...another Chickpea Soup?!  And one that looks exactly like her other Chickpea Soups!?  Major Yawn!  I am so done with her!

But wait!!  While I do not think I should really have to explain myself  (being that I desperately want you to still like me) ...I will. 

You see...when I saw a version of this soup on Simply Life earlier this week, I could barely contain my excitement and here's why...

When I eat Chickpea Soup I feel super healthy.  It takes one hot bowl of the stuff to leave my body satisfied and my palate excited!  I will even go so far as to say I believe chickpeas (when part of my regular diet) help me maintain a healthy weight - therefor - I am always looking for new and exciting soup ideas where the chickpea is an integral component!

Now... throw some chipotle in adobo to the mix...and I'm in spicy chickpea heaven!

The other chickpea recipes I have featured on my blog (though similar in appearance and deliciousness) are Mediterranean and/or Middle Eastern inspired.  Here (thanks to Simply Life's original introduction) the Chickpea and Chipotle meet again...creating another healthy and hearty soup with Smokey Mexican Flare! 

*Oh, by the way... Braun and I reunited for old time sake! He's alright that Braun...  ;)
**Also...chickpeas NOT your thing? Try using black beans instead...that's on my list of things to do!

 I LOVE this soup!

Tomato Chickpea Chipotle Soup


2-4 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped (add some additional sauce if you want more heat but use caution!)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
2 14-15 oz. cans chickpeas**, drained and rinsed
2 14-15 oz. cans diced tomatoes, I used fire roasted
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
chopped scallion for garnish
Sour Cream - just a bit stirred in but completely optional
Kosher salt (only if needed - taste soup before salting - some stocks add enough salt)
Fresh cracked pepper


Over medium heat, in a large stock pot (equipped with lid) add olive oil then onion, garlic and chipotle pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes.

Add chili powder and cumin, stir together for one minute.

Add chickpeas and stir until well coated, about 1-2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, stock and stir. Bring to a boil.

Once boiling, turn down heat to a simmer, add cilantro, stir, then cover pot and let simmer for 40 minutes.

Remove from heat and eat as is OR mash soup with a potato masher or electric hand held mixer (*i.e. Braun) or regular blender.

Garnish with chopped scallion and more cilantro and sour cream if you like.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

You know what? this sounds damn good!! I would have never thought to add chipolte to chick peas. Better yet??? I have everything I need to make this! If I weren't going out with friends for lunch this'd be on the menu :) Love it! Oh and I'm glad that you and Braun are seeing each other again, from time to time. :)

Clint said...

After seeing this post, I told my better half that the picture is pretty but that I ain't much on chickpeas. Of course, she HAD to remind me that I like hummus and it is made from ...... chickpeas.

All right, all right!

But I still don't think that Braun guy is good for you.

Simply Life said...

Oh I'm soooo happy you liked this! Thanks for sharing!

Gabrielle (the sister) said...

This does sound good....especially after three weeks of feasting on carbs, meat and baked goods. A little chick pea action might be just what I need. Still, as the older sister I have to say, since you shanghaied my Braun hand mixer, I think you know what to leave under my Christmas tree ; )

The Food Hound said...

You need a chickpea intervention.

JUST KIDDING! I love them, too! Never be ashamed to post about them, even if they look like tiny butts! Haha! Sounds like a great soup-- LOVE ME some chipotle!

laurie said...

I'm a black bean girl. I think it sound great with black beans...good idea!

Brownieville Girl said...

Just right for the pre-Christmas "I'm in a panic because none of my party clothes fit me" eating plan!!

I have heard that aduki beans will make you lose weight too.

Kimberly Peterson said...

LOL when it's the middle of winter in Australia sometime in July, I will come back and revisit your chickpea soup recipes :p

Unknown said...

Ok...if it's got chipotle in it, I'll even eat chickpea soup!! This sounds really good!

Cindy Ellison said...

This is my kind of soup! I love all the ingredients and I simply have to make it! Soon! Thank you for your great recipes and posts!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This looks delicious! I will have to try a chick pea soup. I always have plenty on hand! Nice blog.

Alessandra said...

Ciao, first time here. I love chickpeas, and soup.

Also I am very happy that you have a vegetarian section in your blog :-)

I am following you!


Magic of Spice said...

What a great recipe...Wonderful soup, a defiantly must try :)

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