Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chicken, Susage and Tortilla Stoup

I think that one of the easiest things to learn how to cook when you are a beginner or a on the go college student is soups. With a soup you pick out the ingredients throw them in a pot and let the flavors flow. Soups are also a delicious and well freezing item that you can later throw in your crock pot and have another night. Though let’s face it as easy and quick as soup is sometimes you just need something a little heartier than soup, maybe something like a stew?  Why not try a stoup? What’s a Stoup you say well it is a stew that is like a soup.  This is one of my favorite recipes to make a huge pot of because it freezes well and can be unthawed and slow cooked all night long. So here is the recipe and please eat and enjoy.
1 lb. chicken tenders
Salt and pepper
Turkey sausage
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic diced
1 medium onion diced
6 small red potatoes diced
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of red kidney beans drained
2 teaspoons of hot sauce (optional)
1 quart of chicken stock
1 bag of tortilla chips
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Garnish with sour cream
Preheat a medium pan over a medium high heat.
Chop tenders into bite size pieces. Wash and season with salt and pepper. Dice turkey sausage.  Add olive oil and chicken to the pot. Lightly brown chicken 2 minutes then add sausage and garlic cook another 2 or three minutes.  Then add the onions and potatoes.  Cook 5 minutes and then stir in kidney beans, tomatoes and hot sauce.  Add Chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are Tender 10-12 minutes.  Place in bowls and top with crushed tortilla chips, cheese and sour Cream.

         Also just as a reminder, I use turkey sausage but feel free to use whatever sausage appeals to your taste buds. On a side note remember the best part about cooking is that it is not an exact science feel free to take out and add your own ingredients and just because it calls for a certain amount does not mean that it has to be exact do it to yours and your family’s likings.

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