Mexican Chicken Soup + Rice

Oh the weather outside is frightful.  Just kidding; well sort of.  Our area is expecting a major cold front this weekend, with temperatures in the 30s when we get up Saturday morning & not making it out of the 50s all weekend. I may be dancing about this, because I've been waiting for cold weather since July.

I've started wearing cute cardigans & jeans this past week & my little heart is overwhelmed with all the holiday spirit that I know comes with these temperature changes.  Also with temperature changes, comes my excitement to have a consistent rotation of soups on the menu.  I've got my pantry stocked with canned goods, those Campbell Drinkable Soups (my favorite!!) & a horde of chicken & beef stock for soup making days.  One of my favorite soups currently is what I call Mexican Chicken Soup.

If there's an actual name for this, I have no idea what it is & I've tweaked it enough that I'm calling it Mexican Chicken & Soup + Rice.  It's beyond simple & tastes so heavenly; well if you're into Mexican-y tasting foods, specifically cumin. Well I make ours spicy, Benjamin doesn't care for it, I spice away, you can completely omit the spice part for something more mild.

Mexican Chicken Soup + Rice:
1 chicken breast, cooked & shredded
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken stock/broth
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp onion powder
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (spice for heat or omit for mild)
1 cup diced tomatoes (I used canned and just measure from there)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked white rice
chopped cilantro, avocado, for topping

1. Preheat medium-large pot over medium heat.  Add minced garlic & enough chicken stock to cover bottom of pot & cook for 3 minutes.

2. Add remaining chicken stock, tomatoes, black beans and spices. Mix well & bring to a boil. 

3. Add cooked, shredded chicken & simmer for 20 minutes. This is when I cook my rice in my rice cooker; times perfectly.

4. Serve soup over rice & top with your choice of toppings. We like cilantro, avocado & tortilla chips.

For leftovers, we add remaining rice into the soup, so they can be heated together without drying out the rice.

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