Thursday, October 14, 2010

Black Bean and Hominy Soup

   This is a seriously easy one pot wonder.  And it was an adventure to make.  This is one of those things that I had the idea for it and started cooking before I had my process fully planned out.  The end result was incredibly tasty though!  It was tasting weird for a while until the exceedingly (almost stupidly) simple idea of tomatoes came up.  Why wasn't that in my game plan to begin with?  Tomatoes balanced everything and added that little bit of much needed acid.  This is a great vegetarian soup and a meal on it's own, but if you really want some meat, a little bit of chorizo or smoked sausage would be delicious. (*All the canned items are standard 14 oz cans)

Black Bean and Hominy Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 can hominy, drained
1 can black beans, with liquid
1 can tomatoes, with liquid
1 1/2-2 C vegetable or chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
Oil, salt, pepper

Over medium heat, saute onions and peppers in a little bit of oil until tender.  Add canned  items, stock, bay and spices.  Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, hot sauce, cheese... whatever you like.
Serves 4.

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