Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tlalpeño Soup - Caldo Tlalpeño

2 Cups Garbanzo beans
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Lard
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Onion, Finely chopped
7-8 Cups chicken Stock
1/2 Chicken divided into parts or 1 whole bone-in chicken breast
2 Corn Cobs, Shucked and cut into medium-sized pieces (or 2 cups canned corn if prefered)
2 Potatos, cubed
3-4 Carrots, peeled and diced
1 Sprig Epazote
2 Cups green beans, halved
2 Medium Zucchinis, sliced and halved
2-4 Chipotle chiles in adobo (depending on how spicy you like it), finely diced
1 1/2 Cups Tomato Puree
Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste
1/2-1 Cup Cilantro
1 Avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
3 Lime, halved
1/2-1 Cup Panela Cheese, cubed, optional

Soak garbanzo beans in 4-5 cups of water in the refrigerator overnight.
In a Heavy-bottomed pot set over medium heat, saute garlic and onion in the olive oil or lard until tender. Add chicken, and garbanzo beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.
Remove chicken and set aside to cool. Add the corn cob pieces (if using canned corn instead, wait to add it), potatos, carrots, and epazote to the soup and simmer 10 minutes.
Add green beans to soup and continue to simmer another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, remove chicken from the bones.
Add zucchini, chipotle chiles (including the adobo sauce), tomato puree, shredded chicken, and salt and pepper to taste. (add canned corn at this point if not using corn cobs.) Simmer another 10 minutes or so, making sure the vegetables are tender.
Serve soup hot with cilantro, avocado, limes, and cheese on the side to garnish to taste.

1 comment:

  1. what is Epazote and what is Cilantro? I never even heard of them. It looks and sounds very tasty, but to do it any form of justice I think I should need to know what those things are or what alternatives I should or could use. Especially if they are for a reasonable to low budget. Please, please help. Ta.