I envision a dish such as this when considering the concept of inexpensive cuisine. It’s a blissful state: fresh ingredients, big and happy families, love oozing from their grinning faces. Only a dish of this stature can encapsulate so perfectly the beauty in resourcefulness, simplicity, and ease of creation. Enjoy it and give thanks for the zen-like minimalism and satisfaction achieved. In less sappy terms: this dish is delicious, simple, and budget-friendly. I mean, look at the directions list down there (or lack, thereof). Adapted from this recipe.
Tortilla Chicken Soup
1 yellow onion, diced – $0.29
3 cloves garlic, minced – $0.10
2 cubes chicken bouillon – $0.22
1 1/4 cups water – ~free
1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked – $0.33
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers – $0.69
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained – $0.88
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro – $0.25
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces – $2.49
4 cups tortilla chips – $0.501 tablespoon vegetable oil – $0.15
2 teaspoons chili powder – $0.10
1 teaspoon dried oregano – $0.05
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes – $1.70
- In a stockpot, saute onion and garlic on medium heat until diced onion is translucent. Add chili powder and oregano and continue cooking until fragrant.
- Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.
- Top with tortilla chips and fresh cilantro.
Makes approximately eight servings.
Total Cost: $7.75
Cost Per Serving: $0.97