Chorizo & Queso Soup

Creative Meals

A Recipe by El Popular

This Soup’s The ‘Cheese’ Knees. Chef March has taken a traditional Mexican sopa de queso, or cheese soup, recipe and transformed it with El Popular Chorizo to create a delicious Chorizo & Queso Soup! Enjoy the smooth creaminess of melted queso, and the savoriness of chorizo in this soul-warming soup. Recipe by: Chester March; Ivy Tech- East Chicago Campus; entered in the 2012 Chorizo Contest.

Let’s Get Started

  • Prep Time: 15 mins

  • Cook Time: 45 mins

  • Makes: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • ½ package El Popular “Original” Chorizo

  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • ¼ cup onions, chopped

  • ¼ cup celery, chopped

  • ¼ cup mushrooms, chopped

  • ¼ cup carrots, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 tsp. dry mustard

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups, milk scalded

  • 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • Salt, to taste

  • White pepper, to taste

  • ½ Mexican Dark Beer

  • Pretzel sticks or bread sticks, as a side

Directions

  • In a heavy sauce pan, over medium heat, sweat the vegetables in butter, do not brown.

  • Add dry mustard and cayenne pepper. Add 2 cups of broth.

  • Cook until vegetable are tender.

  • Puree the ingredients, and add the remaining 2 cups of broth.

  • Cook the chorizo in a skillet, drain and add to the vegetable mixture.

  • Scald the milk in a small pot.

  • Add the cheese into the milk to melt. Then add the mixture to the soup.

  • Add beer and heavy cream. Stir well.

  • Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

  • Ladle into bowls, and enjoy with pretzels.

Chorizo 101

  • Chorizo is a spicy sausage believed to have come from Ancient Rome and later adopted by the Spaniards who brought it to Mexico.

  • Unlike Spanish Chorizo — Mexican style is soft, raw, uncured, and uncooked.

  • Similar to how Americans view bacon, Chorizo is a versatile ingredient one can use to enhance any dish!

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo links.

  • Place desired amount in a non-stick skillet.

  • Break-up Chorizo while cooking at medium heat.

  • Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the Chorizo is fully cooked or the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees (F).

  • Enjoy on or in any dish.

Chorizo 101

  • Chorizo is a spicy sausage believed to have come from Ancient Rome and later adopted by the Spaniards who brought it to Mexico.

  • Unlike Spanish Chorizo — Mexican style is soft and comes raw, uncured, and uncooked.

  • Similar to how Americans view bacon, Chorizo is a versatile ingredient one can use to enhance any dish!

Directions

  • Remove casing from Chorizo links.

  • Place desired amount in a non-stick skillet.

  • Break-up Chorizo while cooking at medium heat.

  • Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the Chorizo is fully cooked or the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees (F).

  • Enjoy on or in any dish.

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