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Southwest Chicken and Bean Soup

HI Everyone,

I am so excited today!!!  This is my first recipe for the Secret Recipe Club.  I am so happy to finally be apart of this group.




In case you’re not familiar with the group, here’s a little scoop for you!  Once a month you get assigned a blog and you get to pick whatever recipe you want to make and then on the secret reveal day I get to share with you the recipe.  The blogger you get chosen doesn’t have any idea who has there blog, after all it’s a secret!

My assignment was to find a wonderful recipe from Highlands Ranch Foodie and boy did I have a tough time.  It took me two weeks to find a recipe!  Why so hard?  Everything looked amazing!!  Lea Ann is the owner Highland Ranch Foodie and she has a passion for Southwestern style food.  Everything I love!!  My family thinks it’s so crazy that being from Buffalo, that I have a love for southwestern food.  I swear I can eat peppers, hot sauce and beans everyday!  That’s why I chose Lea Ann’s Southwest Chicken and Bean Soup, it sounded simply amazing and believe me it tasted amazing!!!

The only things I changed in this recipe was using black beans instead of kidney beans and I didn’t use the Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce, which I think this is what the recipe needed.  I LOVE Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce but my Husband is not a spicy kind of food guy.  So I skipped the pepper but added Chipotle Pepper seasoning.  I just loved the soup, it had a lot of flavor and was perfect for my dinner.  I topped it with some chopped tomatoes and onions, guacamole, Mexican Cheese and Tortilla Chips.  My Husband loved it too.  But next time when I make I am so adding the Chipotle Pepper.  I know that is the whole basis of this recipe.

I highly recommend visiting Highlands Ranch Foodie for some wonderful down home southwestern comfort food.  After reading Lea Ann’s blog I so want to go to Denver.  Did you know going to Denver is on my bucket list of places to go before I leave this earth.  I don’t know why, but I have always been intrigued by Denver.

Southwest Chicken and Bean Soup
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A hearty soup made with chicken, black beans and southwestern spices.
Serves: 3 Cups
  • ½ cup Sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 Large jalapeno pepper, seeds and veins removed and fine chopped
  • 1 tsp. Dried Mexican oregano, crushed
  • ½ tsp. Ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. chipotle powder
  • 6 oz. Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite sized pieces and sauteed until almost done
  1. In a Dutch oven add all of your ingredients except for chicken and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
  2. Add in cooked chicken and let steep until heated through. About 5 minutes.
  3. Ladle into soup bowls and serve with toppings of your choice, tortilla chips, grated cheese, sour cream or chopped avocado. Or all.
Calories per cup: 148.2, Fat: 1.1, Cholesterol: 32, Sodium: 178.3, Potassium: 51, Carbs: 15.9, Fiber: 3.9, Sugar: 2.8, Protein: 18.7

Recipe: Highlands Ranch Foodie
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Serving size: 1 Cup

Well my Friends time for me to take off!!  Tomorrow is a BIG day for Peanut Butter and Peppers, I’m so excited!!  So be sure to stop back!!

Now make sure you visit the other recipes in the Secret Recipe Club.

Have a wonderful week!



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