Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mexican Tomato Chowder

Fall is in the air...and soups are on the menu! One of our favorite fall soups is a tomato-corn chowder made from a recipe that I snipped out of a paper many years ago. I must be a Mexican Mennonite because I sure do love the dishes with a Mexican flair! Fresh herbs are wonderful...but dried oregano and basil are fine as well.

Mexican Tomato Chowder

2 pounds field tomatoes
1 large onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
1 large can black beans, drained (19 oz.)
1 can beans in tomato sauce
2 cups sweet corn kernels (fresh, canned or frozen)
1 tsp. each of salt, oregano & basil
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro

Scald tomatoes to remove skins and chop coarsely. In large saucepan, cook onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat until softened (about 3 minutes). Stir in stock, chopped tomatoes, corn, beans, salt, oregano, basil and cayenne. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in cilantro and serve. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream!

And if you happen to have an 35-year-old orange pyrex bowl to serve it in, it will even look Mexican!


  1. I know I'm going to love this soup! I must be a Spanish Mennonite! (Hey, I WAS born in Uruguay!)

  2. Hey me the spices in Mexican foods. I'll just stick to my Russian Mennonite roots..maybe they also liked spicey things!

  3. I'll run for my sombreo! Bring on the spice, the soup looks so good. Kathy

  4. Yum! Got the ingredients for a great hearty spicy chili for this weekend but this looks like I could easily make it too! What about that loaf of bread there...hmmmm...looks good too. Back to my first pickling experience...happy weekend and I'll be reporting in if I can get my first ever pickles canned without any explosions!!!!

  5. Judy, my hubby will love this soup for sure; and yes I have the same 35 year old pyrex bowl. It belonged to my mother-in-law. She also used it for soup--her specialty was dutch meatball soup. She would make a pot and bowl full on Sundays when all her kids and grandchildren would come home after church. She now lives in glory and her soup bowl lives with me!

  6. i will absolutely love this soup . .I'm nearly certain that I have some mexican roots somewhere.

  7. looks yummy, all these fall recipes and i am not ready to let summer go yet...we have an amazing summer weekend yet.
    my kids love soup so you betcha i am going to try this one.