Sopa Ranchera, a Southwestern Chicken Soup is hearty and healthy with potatoes, savory with chicken breast and brimming with Mexican spices. A flavorful bowl of Southwestern goodness for when you need a healthy clean-eating soup recipe.
We’ve been eating like lumberjacks. It started sometime in mid-September. The calorie and fat flood gates were opened and it’s been a steady river of deliciousness since.
Its come to a screeching hault as of yesterday. It’s time to take a break and eat clean and healthy over the next couple of weeks, so that the Holiday food gluteney be welcomed with confidence and cheer.
The easiest way for us to eat clean without skimping on flavor is a big bowl of soup. Lots of broth, lots of vegetables and lean meats make for a satisfying meal.
Here’s a recipe that I found in the January 1999 issue of Cooking Light Magazine and it’s been one of our favorites over the years.
This Sopa Pollo, or Sopa Ranchera recipe, hearty with potatoes, corn, zucchini and chicken breast and seasoned with cumin, Mexican oregano and cilantro, is a flavorful bowl of soup. In short, it’s a great little Southwestern Chicken Soup Recipe.
Don’t forget a squeeze of lime just before serving. You’ll love a kick of zesty citrus to finish the dish.
Recipe for Sopa Ranchera, A Ranch Style Chicken Soup
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Your feedback is valuable to me for developing future recipes. And if you have a favorite hearty chicken soup recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Southwestern Chicken Soup Recipes
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- Chicken Soup with Chipotle and Kidney Beans
- Southwest Cheesy Creamy Chicken Soup
- Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Chicken Fajita Soup
- Chickpea Chili with White Beans and Chicken
- White Bean Chili with Chicken (Award Winning)
Sopa Ranchera, Southwestern Chicken Soup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano dried
- 1 teaspoon New Mexico Red Chile Powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 6 Cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 C potatoes cubed
- 1 15 ounce can Hominy drained
- 2 Cups chicken breasts cooked and shredded
- 1 15 1/2 ounce can yellow corn or 1 cup frozen
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 small zucchini quartered lengthwise and and cubed
- 1 15 /12 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1/3 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
- sour cream
- finely chopped onion
- chopped fresh cilantro
- shredded cheese
- limes wedges
- multi-colored tortilla strips
- In a saucepan, cover the cubed potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes.
- Add oregano, cumin, and garlic; sauté until fragrant.
- Add cooked potatoes, 2 cups of the starchy cooking water, 4 cups chicken stock, hominy, chicken, corn, salt, canned tomatoes and zucchini; cook 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro; and cook 2 minutes.
- Ladle soup into bowls, and top with a dollop of sour cream. Other great toppings are finely chopped raw onion, cilantro, shredded cheese and tortilla strips. Serve with lime wedges.
Sopa Ranchera Mexican Chicken Soup …It’s What’s for Dinner.
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.