- 1 lb chicken thighs
- 1 Tbs medium heat oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbs + ½ tsp sea salt
- black pepper, to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 15 oz can of hominy, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup chipotle adobo sauce
- 15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 8-10 cups chicken broth
- sauteed mushrooms, for garnish
- chopped cilantro, for garnish
- cubed avocado, for garnish
- sliced limes (optional)
- Place chicken thighs in a saucepan and just barely cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and simmer until cooked through and shreds easily when pulled with forks, about 15 minutes. Drain, shred, and set aside.
- In a soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, red bell pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Sweat vegetables, stirring frequently, until tender and onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook another minute or two until fragrant.
- Add shredded chicken, black beans, hominy, adobo paste, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes until flavors combine.
- Serve with sauteed mushrooms, cilantro, avocados, and sliced limes.
While there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe and it takes a bit longer than my usual recipes, it is seriously killer in the taste buds department. This is a soup I crave in the winter, summer, rain, sunshine, dinner, or breakfast. It’s amazing. I also wouldn’t recommend skipping the garnishes, the creaminess of the avocado mixed with the fresh crunch of cilantro and spicy broth is just a full culinary experience not to be missed. All that being said, since it is a little on the labor intensive side, I recommending making a big batch and then freezing it into single serving pyrex containers so that it is ready for any weeknight meal when you don’t feel like cooking.
Finding a clean source of chipotle adobo paste took a long time and I actually went on a hiatus from this recipe until I found one. The brand The Art of Chipotle was my saving grace! Plus, the family that owns the company put their faces on the peppers in the logo. Love quirky goodness like that because life is too short to take yourself so seriously. Also love the brand Eden Organic for canned beans if you don’t have time to soak and cook dried beans. Read my blog post Spilling the Beans on Legumes…for more info on why they’re a great choice!