I was born and raised in the North of Mexico, Tampico is my hometown and I’ll will always cherish my childhood and youth spent there. However, right when I turned 19 I moved to Monterrey, Mexico. So from 10 good years I studied, lived, worked and ate grilled meat (“carnes asadas”) at the City of Mountains and hard working Mexicans.
While there I learnt to cook “Frijoles Charros” or as I later called it in NZ “Mexican spicy bean soup”. So, don’t be shy, grab pen and paper and write down the following recipe for some kick ass spicy bean soup that will definitely be the final entrée at your home made BBQ this summer (or Fall… screw it, you know I went on holidays, so this is great for Winter too, ok? just be cool with it). Remember, this is not “Chilli”, this is a Mexican spicy bean soup, alright?
- 2 cans of Cannellini or Red Kidney beans in brine
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 garlic, chopped
- 3 stripes of smoked bacon (the real deal, you know what I mean)
- 1 piece of Spanish chorizo in squares
- Red, yellow and green capsicums squared (1 each)
- 1 bratwurst roughly sliced (I do prefer either Argentinian sausage or Polish burst)
- Fresh cilantro (just a handful)
- 1 smoked chipotle chilli
- Salt and Pepper to taste
What to do?
Use a large and deep pot, add the bacon and chorizo, stir around, let those juices cover the wall of the pot, add the onions, garlic and capsicums, stir-fry. Throw in the bratwurst (no pun intended), stir around again, oh yeah, that’s it, you know it. Finally, add the tomatoes, and after a couple minutes put in the beans, brine and all.
Finally, put the chipotle and the cilantro in. The idea of using the whole chipotle, without chopping it or slicing it is because you don’t want to make this a hot soup, you just want the flavour of this smoked chilli, that’s it.
Let all the ingredients mix in the pot, now pour in 3 cups of water, let it boil. Salt and pepper to taste.
This my friends, is a great confort food. You can even not put any extra water in it and it is a great side dish for a roast (like pork or lamb).
Ps. The year is almost over and we are soon to know who is going to become president of the USA. Aren’t we all excited? Not really, nor of the two options are great for my neighbours, but that shouldn’t be of my business, right? Now, if you excuse me, I have a wall to build.