Are you ready for cooler temperatures? I am beyond ready for winter weather and all of our favorite fall foods that come with it! Soups and stews make regular appearances on our table throughout the fall and winter. The weather here in Phoenix is finally cooling and I’m looking forward to some long awaited beautiful days. Despite the fact the forecast here in the southwest is still in the 90s for the rest of the week, I keep reminding myself that fall is on the way, one warm bowl of soup at a time.
Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Soup – Chicken, green chile, beans, tomatoes and Mexican spices fill this soup with great flavor and a good bit of heat from the green chile and spices.
Split Pea Potato Ham and Leek Soup – Loaded with rich ham flavor and a balanced combination of potatoes, leeks and split peas, this soup gets rave reviews from everyone who makes it. You’ll want to save this recipe now for the next time you have a hambone to use.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup – This creamy soup is filled with fluffy bites of baked potato, richly flavored with sour cream and all the best potato toppings; this is not your average potato soup. The soup holds beautifully in the crock-pot for 2-4 hours, making it perfect for stress free dinners.
Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage – This chili just plain makes me happy. It makes me grin when I smell it throughout the house and I look forward to dinner all day long. Tender steak, spicy sausage, five different varieties of beans, tomatoes and chile all combine to make this absolutely spectacular. This chili has been on my middle son’s choice for his birthday meal for the past three years and I’ll be making it again for his birthday this weekend.
I like to keep soups in the freezer for simple lunches and easy dinners. If the soup reheats nicely from the freezer, I’ve included instructions for that at the bottom of each recipe.