Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spicy Mexican Quinoa Soup

My dry spell at the fair this year has finally ended in the cooking competitions and I finally won a ribbon! This recipe took second place among the soups. Yay!

I tweaked my quinoa soup a bit and managed to snag a second place ribbon for the effort. I was nervous the judges wouldn't go for quinoa. In the past, it's been all about comfort foods. This year, the judges seem to be "living on the edge" and going for unusual combinations and spice. And, props need to go to The Boy who suggested I add a bit of cinnamon because I couldn't figure out that certain "something's missing."

There were actually a few dishes that I preferred over mine, but I kind of love the idea of a cold soup made with avocados and beans. That particular soup would have tasted AMAZING as a garnish on my soup.

I love this soup because it's pretty much all pantry ingredients. Even though I had to grab the peppers at the store this time, they are usually available in my garden.

Spicy Mexican Quinoa Soup

4 C Chicken Broth
1 C quinoa (rinsed)
1 small can tomato sauce
2 (14.5 oz) cans fire roasted tomatoes
1/2 med onion, diced
5 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
1 pablano pepper seeded and diced
1 T chili powder
1 t cumin
1 t cinnamon
salt to taste
sour cream & cheese for garnish

In a large stockpot, saute onion, garlic, and peppers in a bit of olive oil until the onions are translucent and it smells amazing. Add in broth, quinoa, tomato sauce, fire roasted tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for 30-40 minutes.

Garnish with sour cream and cheese.

And, don't forget to join us for Iron Chef Mom next week. Secret ingredient: PUMPKIN!

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  1. This looks great! May have to try it tonight for dinner!


  2. OHH I just had to visit from a link party to see this recipe! Quinoa is my favourite and Im always trying to add it in to recipes! Thanks for this great one. :)

    Cant wait to look around more.
    Feel free to come say hi too. :)

  3. Looks delicious. I'm always looking for ways to use quinoa. So healthy! And this one looks like it would be husband approved as well. :-)

  4. Yum, I pinned this one and can't wait to try it!

  5. I love Quinoa! This is a must try! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up! Come back again this Thursday night!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  6. I can see why this won an award. it really looks terrific. I have a lot of GF folks that come to my foodie friday party that would really love other... Please drop by and share this recipe with us.

  7. I need to learn to cook with quinoa because it is healthy and this sounds like an amazing start! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday.

  8. Sounds delicious. I've never used quinoa before. I will now. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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