Sunday, September 14

Guacamole, Salsa, and the BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tonight for dinner we had a Chicken Tortilla Soup, recipe complements of the Skinny Gourmet. I highly recommend you check it out - it was fantastic even with the substitutions I made, like adding a little less chicken broth, and using diced tomatoes with jalapeno instead of the two different cans she recommends. Of course, I couldn't follow the recipe exactly because I didn't have all the ingredients, but if you want to wow your guests or simply have the best version possible, make sure to follow her recipe! It took me about an hour and a half start to finish to make it the first time, but I'm sure now that I've made it once it will take me much less time in the future. Once again - it was absolutely delicious, and makes enough to freeze. Try it - I promise it will be worth your time.

Also, I've decided I'm never buying store made salsa or guacamole again. It's overpriced, and the fresh stuff tastes 100x better. I made some salsa and guacamole to complement the nachos that I bought (didn't feel like making the tortilla strips, so we bought triangle chips instead). So here are the recipes:

3 medium vine ripened tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup of onion, diced
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, diced
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
1/3 red pepper, diced
1/3 orange pepper, diced
1/3 green pepper, diced
1 tsp jalapenos, finely diced
(hot sauce may be substituted depending on desired level of heat)

Mix ingredients together in large bowl. I recommend using a knife to mix (carefully of course!) so that you break up the tomato a little bit, release the juices, and create that liquid that is in most salsas.

2 very ripe avocados
1 vine ripened tomato, seeded, diced
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/8 cup leeks (or onions), diced
1 tsp garlic powder

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, mashing avocados to desired thickness.

So total cost for tonight:
Soup: $11.50 total, about $0.75 per serving
Salsa: $2.85 total, about $0.35 per serving
Guacamole: $3.25 total, about $0.40 per serving
Bag of Tortilla chips: $2.99/bag, about $1.75 for tonight

Grand total for two people eating all of that?
A mere $6.25, or about $3.15 per person.

Plus, we get to eat this delicious soup at our leisure for the next week or so, since it freezes nicely.


C3M Leaders said...

Hey Jen, Great site - keep up the good work! My brother is also a college student and I'll definitely recommend this site to him and his buds. cheers. cookingbroke (Lauren)

Wannabe Gourmet said...

Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation!