Southwest Chicken ‘n Dumpling Soup

Southwest Chicken 'n Dumplins

I’m walking down memory lane in Austin this weekend. (specifically Mountain Quail Street) I went to Austin to attend a memorial service for a friend of mine.  Ann was 86 years old.  She was my mother’s age and was a great source of help and information to me as I raised my little children.  She lived next door to me and we visited every day I lived there and a lot when I moved initially.  As the years went by, and I relocated to El Paso, we spoke when important events occurred, such as grand children, law school graduation and installation.  I attended Ann and LE’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration.  I visited her when I went to Austin to visit Krista, but I didn’t see her every time I was there.  I wish I had seen her the last time I was in town.  Krista and I are always so busy shopping or checking out nearby gardens and other sites.

Over 30 years ago she taught me how to make and gave me her recipe for the Cheese Ball that is a family (and everyone’s) favorite at the holidays.  I bought a nut grinder to make it and still use it today to make the cheese ball.  My son called me on New Year’s Day as I was driving because he was making Chile Cheese Grits and needed an explanation of my recipe.  That became an instant favorite of my family over 30 years ago, and I got that recipe from Ann.  Each summer when the Fredericksburg peaches were in, she made peach ice cream hand churned in an old wooden ice cream freezer, and invited my family and the Millers over for an ice cream social in the backyard.  It was a wonderful tradition.

We were all an extended family way back then.  Ann and Penny were so creative and so much fun to be with.  Penny taught us how to needlepoint, and she knew the best nurseries in Austin.  Sunday afternoons in the summer we spent visiting gardens and greenhouses and of course, bought a new plant or two to bring home.  Often times the gardeners would share a cutting from a plant I admired.  I treasured those plants the most.  I could grow any house plant when I lived in Austin.  It made for fun times and new experiences that taught me a lot.  The growth of house plants in El Paso is always a delightful surprise to me.

This soup came from another neighbor in Austin, although I never got  the recipe from her.  I just remembered the ingredients and it was good.  Rita and Mickey had 2 small children my children’s age and we shared meals, times together and experiences to make our little neighborhood in Quail Creek a wonderful memory.

Southwest Chicken 'n Dumplins

Southwest Chicken ‘n Dumpling Soup

Southwest Chicken ‘n Dumpling Soup

What You Need:

  • 1 pound chicken tenders cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 small potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/2 a large white onion diced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 16 ounces Hatch Green Enchilada Sauce
  • 4 ounces Hatch Green Chiles diced
  • 6 medium white flour tortillas cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated jack cheese and cilantro to garnish

Boil onion, water, chicken and potatoes with salt in a dutch oven or soup pot for about 30 minutes. Skim off chicken foam about half way through. Add enchilada sauce, green chiles, red pepper and cumin. Continue cooking until veggies are tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Add flour tortillas and continue to boil for 5 minutes or until soup begins to thicken.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with cheese and cilantro.

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26 thoughts on “Southwest Chicken ‘n Dumpling Soup

  1. I am sorry to lean of your friends passing. The soup look great I think I’ll need to add that to my list.Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

  2. Linda, your Southwest Chicken ‘n Dumpling Soup looks so good- the colors are all so pretty, and I feel warmer just looking at it! I really enjoyed the memories you shared about your sweet friend, Ann. I think you honored her beautifully with this post. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your memories and your delicious soup with all of us at Treasure Box Tuesday!

  3. Great to have a soup like this in this crazy cold weather! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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