This is my version of the classic chicken tortilla soup made from scratch using dry beans, garden grown peppers, homemade smoked turkey stock, fire-roasted garden tomatoes, and other good stuff. Recipe is below video.
1/2 medium onion, diced
3-4 anaheim peppers, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cumin
~1 cup dry black beans (1/3 lb)
1.5 quarts smoked poultry stock (chicken or turkey) (
1 pint fire roasted tomato sauce (
~2 cups sweet corn kernels
2-3 chicken breasts
1 cup cilantro, chopped
~1 tsp lime juice
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
several tortillas (corn preferred, flour ok)
1 avocado, pitted, sliced
queso fresco or other cheese
The night before, soak black beans in salted water (3 Tbsp/gal ratio) to hydrate.
Next day, drain the beans, add them to a pot, cover them in water, heat to a simmer, & add a little salt (~1 tsp). Cook until beans are softened (~1 hour). Drain.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add couple tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Add the onions, peppers, & cumin. Cook until softened.
Add the garlic. Cook for another minute.
Pour the poultry stock, tomatoes, corn, and beans into the pot and bring to a simmer.
Add chicken breasts. Cook until chicken is done (~20-25 minutes). Remove chicken from pot.
When cool enough to handle, shred it and add it back to the pot.
Taste and add salt and black pepper as desired.
While the soup and chicken simmer, make the tortilla strips:
Slice tortillas into half inch wide strips.
Heat ~1/4 inch layer of vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat. (Ideally, oil temperature should be ~350-400 deg F.)
Cook tortilla strips in batches until golden colored and crispy. Remove from pan and place on paper towels to cool and absorb extra oil.
Ladle soup into a bowl.
Add some tortilla strips, fresh cilantro, a squirt of lime juice, avocado slices, and cheese.
This is a crock pot recipe but you can substitute a dutch oven for the crock pot and cook with a heat deflector on a low temp; 250 or so. Leave the lid off with smoking wood at the beginning. You could also tuck these underneath a butt and have the best of both worlds!
1 pack bacon, diced
1 onion diced
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1 can dark red kidney beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can baby limas
1 can butter beans
1 large can baked beans
Sautee bacon and onion until cooked and onions are translucent and beginning to brown.
Add everything else except beans. Stir and simmer 20 mins.
Layer beans into slow cooker in order listed.
Pour bacon and onion mixture over beans (don't stir).
Cook on High for 4+ hours.
My go to bean recipe when doing barbecue meats. Delicious slow smoked baked beans made from scratch using dry beans and homemade sauce. You'll never use canned beans again!
Ingredients: 1 lb dry white beans (Navy or Great Northern) 1 Onion, Sweet, chopped 1/2 cup cider vinegar 6-12 oz hard cider, pale ale, or other beer 1/2 cup turbinado sugar (or brown if none) 12 oz tomato paste (or 1 qt roasted canned tomato sauce) 12+ oz water (if using tomato paste or as necessary) 3/4 cup molasses 2 tsp salt 1/2 cup dijon mustard pepper sauce (Tabasco) pieces of pulled pork or cooked brisket (with bark) 4 anaheim peppers, minced (or 1 poblanos or 1 jalapenos) ~1 cup fat separated pork shoulder or brisket drippings. 1/4-1/2 cup bourbon (optional)
Instructions: 1) Soak beans under a few inches of salted water (3 Tbsp/gallon ratio) for several hours until double/triple in size. Drain. 2) Simmer 1.5 hours in salted (.5-1 tsp) water or until soft. Drain.
Use Below Meat Method: 3) Add & mix beans with all other ingredients (less the meat & drippings) to an aluminum half tray pan or dutch oven. Use the aluminum pan if possible. The acidity of the tomatoes can damage the seasoning on a dutch oven. 4) Add enough water to cover beans by a half inch. 5) Place directly under whatever meat you are smoking to begin collecting drippings from the meat. 6) Cook low and slow for several hours until beans are soft, smokey, and delicious. You may have to add more water during this time.
Or Use After Meat Method: 3) Add & mix beans with all other ingredients (including the meat & drippings) to an aluminum half tray pan or dutch oven. Use the aluminum pan if possible. The acidity of the tomatoes can damage the seasoning on a dutch oven. 4) Cook low and slow for several hours until beans are soft, smokey, and delicious. You may have to add more water during this time.