Free yourself of the pricy sandwich shop when you make this deli-style meal at home instead. This 30-minute Tex-Mex Vegetable Soup paired with a Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich is a cheap healthy meal you can enjoy for lunch or dinner.
Make a budget-friendly, deli-style meal at home!
Sometimes the best place to grocery shop is in your own pantry. If you are anything like me then you are guilty of going on big grocery shopping trips only to turn around and order takeout once you get home. Other times, I splurge on specialty food items that get lost in the dusty corners of the pantry. This Tex-Mex Vegetable Soup recipe combines canned goods like quality crushed tomatoes and black beans with pre-sliced fajita vegetables and roasted garlic from the deli.
You really want a fresh element to balance the richness of the soup. We like shredded cabbage, jalapeño slices, and a fresh squeeze of lime juice. Sliced radishes, avocado, and black olives are also great and keep this Tex-Mex Vegetable Soup vegetarian!
- 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 package fresh fajita vegetables from the deli (approximately 2 cups sliced green and red bell peppers, and onions), roughly chopped
- 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 large tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 6-8 cloves roasted garlic, from the deli section
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 14-oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 14-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 29-oz can hominy, drained and rinsed
- 4+ cups vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded or diced
- ¾ cup celery, diced
- ¼ cup chopped radishes
- ¼ chopped cilantro
- 3 tbsp finely-diced white onion
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ½ tbsp. diced chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
- 2 tsp cumin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 slices lightly-toasted whole grain bread
- Micro greens
- Heat two tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until slightly smoking.
- Add fajita vegetables. Cook 2-3 minutes to slightly char. Remove from pot, set aside on a plate.
- Add more oil as needed to pot. Add zucchini, cook 1-2 minutes until slightly charred. Place on plate with other vegetables.
- Reduce heat to medium, add more oil as needed to pot. Mix in fresh tomato, roasted garlic, tomato paste, and seasonings. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Mix in crushed tomatoes, beans, hominy, and cooked vegetables. Stir to combine.
- Pour in stock, scraping bits off bottom of pot. Adjust amount of stock for desired consistency.
- Bring to a low boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
- While your soup is simmering, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, fresh lime juice, diced chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, and cumin in a large bowl.
- Mix in chopped rotisserie chicken, diced celery, radishes, cilantro, and white onion.
- Stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Salad is best when chilled for at least one hour. Can be made the day before.
- Serve on lightly-toasted whole grain bread topped with micro greens.
Home Chef Tip: To get a fajita-like char, use high heat, go easy on the oil, and don't stir too often.
Add a sandwich for a cheap healthy meal!
This Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich is my lighter, creamier take on classic chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken that has a southwest kick! It’s inspired by my Green Chile Chicken Salad recipe and has great ingredients like crunchy celery and spicy radishes!
Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich
Part of making a good sandwich is having a variety of textures as well as delicious flavors. Since the filling in this Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich is creamy, the bread should be hearty enough to hold up. No one likes a soggy sandwich! I went with a lightly-toasted whole grain bread for structure. Tender micro-greens add freshness without overpowering the chicken salad. Save the bigger greens like romaine for burgers and deli meats.
We hope you enjoy this 30-Minute Tex-Mex Vegetable Soup and Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe from SoFabFood Home Chef, Loriann from Thyme for Cocktails, as much as we do. If you love this combo, you can find more like it by visiting our Deli Section. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!