I’m in the process of a looooooonnnnggg move. Okay, it’s not quite cross country but still a 7 hour drive.
So I am trying to use up the contents of my freezer and my garden in order to allow it to travel better. Also, if you think about it, I’m moving my canning jars anyway, so I might as well move them full of good food!
This is a meal in a jar – Bestern Southwestern Soup! In the spirit of moving my food in jars, I was able to use corn and chicken from the freezer, and tomatoes and peppers from my garden.
Bestern Southwestern Chicken Soup
- 3 cups of shredded cooked chicken
- 6 cups of chicken broth
- 3 cans of diced tomatoes (not drained)
- 3 cups of black beans, rinsed and sorted
- 2 cans of organic whole kernel corn or 2 cups of fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cilantro
- 1 tbsp cumin
- Salt and pepper
- In a large stock pot, stir together tomatoes, broth, chili powder, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper.
- Bring this mixture to a boil.
- Meanwhile layer the other ingredients evenly in your sanitized jars. Top your layered ingredients with your hot broth mixture, leaving one inch of headspace. If you run out of broth, it’s fine to top up your jars with a bit of water, as the flavors will have plenty of time to blend.
(Time-saving note: your dried beans will cook in the pressure canner – no need to cook them ahead of time!)
Serve your delicious soup topped with a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream and some crumbled tortilla chips!