Hearty Mexican Soup

Source: What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl

Serving size: 1 portion

Servings per recipe: 4 portions

This hearty soup will definitely warm you up on a chilly winter day.

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion (small, chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced (12-oz can, low sodium, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cans black beans (15-oz can, low sodium, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 potatoes (large, peeled and diced)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (fresh, chopped)
  • 1/2 lime (squeezed)
  • 1 pinch cumin powder

Materials

Large pot, can opener, cutting board and sharp knife

Instructions

1. In a large pot cook onion, garlic and tomatoes on medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Stir often.

2. Add beans, potatoes and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low-medium heat. Cover and continue to cook slowly for 20 minutes.

3. Add cilantro, cumin and lime. Stir and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Serve warm; sprinkle cilantro on top.

More About Onions

How to Select

Choose onions that are firm and dry with bright, smooth outer skins.

How to Store

Before storage, onions should be dry, with papery skin and shriveled roots. Store whole onions in a cool, dark, well ventilated place for use within 4 weeks. Refrigerate cut onions in a tightly sealed container for use within 2-3 days. Discard, or trim and cook, any bruised onions. Long term: Braid and hang upside-down, store in bags with some holes for ventilation in cold, dry place at 32-40 degrees. Can last up to 8 months. Do not freeze.

How to Prepare

Rinse. Trim off ends. Remove dry, papery skin. Cut in half. Peel away thick outer layer. Chop or slice. Eat raw: Sweet and red onions are milder and can be added to salads and sandwiches. Eat cooked: Yellow and white onions are stronger and great for cooking. Sauté, stir-fry, microwave, steam, boil, or braise. Add to soups, sauces, casseroles, dips, and vegetable, pasta, rice, and meat dishes.