Mexican Chili-Spiced Soup

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4 servings

This hearty soup is perfect for chilly autumn or winter evenings. Top with tortilla chips and a scoop of shredded cheese and you're guaranteed happy kiddos.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 garlic clove , smashed
  • 1 tbsp Mexican chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin , (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 796-mL can tomatoes , (with liquid)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 540-mL can kidney beans , drained, but liquid reserved
  • 1 341-mL can corn niblets , drained, but liquid reserved


  • In a large saucepan, add vegetable oil and cook the onion and garlic over medium, about 3 min. Add chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, another 3 min.
  • Pour in tomatoes and using a potato masher, mash the tomatoes (they should be chunky but not pureed). Pour in the chicken broth and the reserved corn and bean liquids, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 min.
  • Add beans and corn and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and let the soup simmer for 2-3 min. Serve with corn chips or cheese for topping.