Mexican-Inspired Pepper Pot Soup

Mexican-Inspired Pepper Pot Soup

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We're thrilled that our friends over at Live Right Now shared this delish dish with us! Big on flavour and low on sodium, it's perfect for a Sunday afternoon with friends and family. Serve it alongside a variety of garnishes so that each person can customize their own bowl to their liking.

By Therese de Grace

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4 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, puréed
1 medium onion, diced
2 jalapenos, chopped with seeds removed
2 stalks celery, finely minced
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/3 tsp ground chili powder
1/2 tsp ground ancho chili powder
2 cups cooked kidney beans
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 cans PC Blue Menu no-salt-added whole tomatoes
1 tsp chipotle purée
juice of 3 limes and zest of 1
3 cups of water plus additional to adjust consistency
3 cups aged cheddar, grated 1 cup sour cream plus extra for garnish

  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat; add garlic, onions, jalapenos and celery until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in all dry spices stirring frequently for about 1 minute.
  2. After the spices are incorporated, add beans, tomatoes, chipotle, lime zest and juice and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for an hour.
  3. After simmering, purée soup until smooth, then slowly incorporate sour cream and cheddar. Add water to adjust thickness of soup, according to taste. Season with salt, reheat and serve.

Suggested garnishes: aged cheddar, hot sauce, pico de gallo, toasted tortilla crisps, lime wedges, pulled pork, sour cream, lime-poached shrimp, salsa, hot peppers, fresh cilantro, shredded lettuce, toasted corn


Salty Stuff

  • Healthy adults need less than 1 tsp of sodium per day.
  • PC Blue Menu Diced Tomatoes with no salt added are ideal for adding to pasta sauces, soups, stews or chili.
  • No-salt-added canned vegetables can help reduce sodium levels in your pasta sauces, soups, stews or chili.
  • Here are some easy tips to reduce your salt intake when choosing foods or cooking: 1) Use fresh or freshly frozen fruits and vegetables or no-salt-added canned varieties. 2) Limit highly salted snack foods and salty preserved foods, such as smoked, cured or corned meats. 3) Limit the salt you add when cooking. 4) Experiment with spices and flavourings, such as cilantro, basil, cumin, fresh orange juice, lemon juice, etc. 5) PC Blue Menu makes it easy to choose nutritious, yet delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for the whole family.

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