Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sopa Ranchera #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Somebody please tell me that I am not the only one who writes posts in their minds and thinks they have really written it. I cannot tell you how many times I go to my drafts looking for a post that only exists in my mind.  I could've sworn that I wrote this post out and was only awaiting the photos but, alas, such was not the case.

This post is part of the Soup Saturday Swappers group I began in January.  It has been fun and it is getting better each month.  I hosted the first month with Healthy Soup Options and posted the elegant Fennel Crab Bisque.  Last month, our friend Kathy of A Spoonful of Thyme, invited us to Go International and I shared an Italian Stracciattella.

We are going International this month as well, but to a specific country.  Karen of Karen's Kitchen Stories has sent us all to Mexico asking that we make a Mexican Soup or a Soup inspired by Mexican Flavors.  Put me in coach!!  I absolutely adore Mexican food.

The soup I am sharing today is from Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen.  I love Rick Bayless and I cannot wait for another opportunity to go to his restaurant in Chicago the next time I am there.

This soup is easy, comforting and delicious. It is also FMD friendly during Phase 3, if you are following that eating plan. I made it up and served it to friends for lunch along with a salad and some easy peasy nachos that I will be sharing with you later this month.

Are you a blogger interested in joining our group?  We would love to have you.  Next month's theme is Root Vegetables.  Just leave a comment on this post with your blog name and email and I will send you an invitation.  Meanwhile, check out our Facebook page and Pinterest board.

Make sure you stop by and see all the other fabulous Mexican soups being shared today following my recipe.

Sopa Ranchera
adapted from Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen

3 qts. chicken stock
1 lg. head garlic, unpeeled and cut in half crosswise
2 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced in lengthwise strips
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 lg. ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 c. coarsely shredded cooked chicken 
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced

Place stock into a large soup pot along with the garlic. Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for an hour or so, until reduced to about 7 cups.  Remove the garlic and discard.

While broth is simmering, add the onions and jalapenos.  Partially cover and cook for 7-10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cilantro and chicken.  Cook until heated through 3-5 minutes.  Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. 

Ladle into bowls and garnish with the avocado.  Print Recipe

Mas Sopas


  1. I cannot say that happens to me, but I sometimes DREAM with the post, and it's so real when I wake up I think I go check just to make sure it was only a dream... now if only one could make that happen, imagine how easy it would be... maybe a few typos here and there... no big deal ;-)

    we could add a disclaimer - forgive typos, I wrote it in my dream!

    1. It would absolutely be worth the disclaimer. Sometimes I am writing the post in my head as I am making the recipe LOL. Bloggers are a weird sort.

  2. Rick is King! He doesn't steer you wrong, does he? Your soup is one that I will have to try. I love that I can use leftover or rotisserie chicken!

  3. You won me over with a whole "head of garlic"! I just love the sound of this and will definitely try it. Yes...a great use for rotisserie chicken! P~

  4. How funny. I do lots of draft posts with no content just to remind myself that I made the dish and took the photos. Then I have to remember the recipe several weeks later! And find the photos!!

    Your soup sounds delicious. Now there's another cookbook I "need."

  5. I really like Rick Bayless- but I have never made a soup from him! This looks nice and easy too- pinning for later!

  6. Such a beautiful bowl of soup.
    I need to get my hands on Rick Bayless' book now. Your soup has made me interested in other recipes there.
    Thank you!

    1. I am sure that you can find it on Amazon. I only have the one cookbook but he has authored several.

  7. YUM! This sounds absolutely amazing, Wendy!

  8. Whew, glad I'm not the only one who writes it in my mind as I'm making the soup. I've even been caught speaking it out loud as if I was in front of a camera again. Then I go to write it down, and forget half the clever and insightful phrases. LOL This soup looks and sounds great, btw.

    1. Thanks Sid and thanks for the reassurance that I am not crazy.

  9. This soup sounds lovely Wendy, and no, sadly you are not the only one. I often write posts in my head as I am going to sleep!


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