Salsa Soup, top view

Some days you’re just running around all day.
Yesterday was a day like that for me, and in between all my errands, I made a quick run to Trader Joe’s.

The nice thing about going to Trader Joe’s, is that they always have some nice food samples to munch on.
They taste especially good when you’ve skipped lunch.
Beans, corn, salsa, broth, chips

Yesterday, they were showcasing a really simple soup made from six of their products– 1 can of black beans, 1 can of corn, 1 jar of salsa, 1 carton of low sodium chicken broth, half a bag of their frozen, precooked chicken, and some crushed tortilla chips to sprinkle on top.

It smelled and tasted great. Now that’s what I call a perfect “open and dump” soup.

I quickly grabbed all the ingredients, except for the chicken. Our dear Quill, who doesn’t eat meat most of the time, is very picky about even the smallest strand of meat in her food. I decided to throw in some frozen turkey meatballs I knew I had at home, as they are easy avoid when serving, and don’t shred up in soup like chicken.
Red bell pepper and cilantro

I also added some chopped red bell pepper and cilantro for freshness, and about a cup of hominy I had on hand.

It took about ten minutes to bring to a boil, then I turned the heat down and let it simmer another five minutes.

Dinner in under twenty minutes!
Salsa Soup, top side view
Busy Day Salsa Soup

Let the chip crushing begin!

Busy Day Salsa Soup
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A tasty "open and dump" soup adapted from Trader Joe's.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 4 c. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 c. bottled salsa
  • 1-15 oz. can black, kidney or pinto beans, drained
  • 1-15 oz. can corn, undrained
  • 16 oz. frozen turkey meatballs
  • 1 c. hominy
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 c. chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips
  1. Place all ingredients except for tortilla chips into a medium sized pot and bring to a boil on high heat.
  2. Turn heat down to medium low and let simmer another 5 minutes.
  3. Ladle into bowls and serve chips on the side, or crushed on top of the soup.