Before I quit smoking I never ate spicy foods. My palate was so damaged by all the garbage I was inhaling that I couldn’t really taste flavours.
Of course, all that has changed and now my mantra is “the spicier the better”.
Besides the added zip from the spices there are definite health benefits to adding these powders as well. Cumin has been known to aid in digestion, cayenne can improve blood circulation, and turmeric is a wonder spice with it’s benefits ranging from detoxing your liver to treating depression. So spice it up, people!
This soup is also chock full of dietary fibre with the abundance of beans. I love including beans to soup to really make it a meal with the added protein. My only caveat with the beans is to be sure you are using cans that are BPA free. Eden Organic is a great brand that does not have BPA lining in their cans. If you haven’t heard about BPA’s I encourage you to google it. They are very dangerous and can be commonly found in the lining of canned goods. I definitely aspire to start cooking my own beans from dried.
Saute your onions and chicken over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add in your minced garlic and spices.
Pour in your beans and broth and simmer for 30 minutes.
My extra special, super spicy ingredient is to mix in an entire bottle of salsa. Granted, I am a little spice crazy, but I feel the salsa adds depth and just kicks it up that extra notch. I use the medium version from Herdez (my salsa love).
Pair this soup up with a salad and a nice thick slice of multi-grain bread and you’ve got a dinner to remember.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 cans beans 1 kidney, 1 pinto, 1 black
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 bottle salsa I used Herdez in medium
- sea salt & pepper to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat.
Saute onions and chicken, seasoned with sea salt & pepper, until fully cooked, approximately 5 minutes.
Add in garlic and spices and cook for another 2 minutes.
Pour in beans and broth and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add in salsa and cook for another 5 minutes.