mexican dump soup.

by Janetha on November 25, 2012

in recipes

i got in a car accident today. ugh.

don’t worry, i am fine and so is the woman who hit me. it was just alarming and time consuming and a wee bit scary.. but all is good.

i was exiting legacy highway and turning left onto a street called park lane. as i was turning left, a car heading eastbound on park lane ran their red light and tagged the tail end of my vehicle in the intersection. i was VERY lucky that i was almost through the intersection! had i i been hit less than one second sooner, her car would have hit the driver’s side door (and me, the driver) instead of just the back end of the driver’s side! phew. my new car has some damage, but it will be fixed up in no time. luckily the woman who hit me ended up having insurance–after initially scaring me by telling me she was uninsured (how she didn’t know if she was insured or not is beyond me, but i am glad she was!)

the whole police report process took quite a bit of time. the officers told me that about two accidents happen in that very spot each week! it is a very misleading stoplight and i definitely see why the woman failed to see the red light. it’s unfortunate, but i am so glad we are all okay!

that was only one of many stressful and/or aggravating things that happened today. it’s been a rough one. i am grumpy. the last thing i wanted to do when i got home from that fiasco was make an elaborate dinner, so i pooled my resources.

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the one type of food we eat most in our house is mexican. we love it and eat it at least twice a week. so, naturally, i have plenty of mexican ingredients in my pantry and fridge.

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it’s cold out, which means it’s soup season, so i gathered a plethora of mexican ingredients and made up a quick soup. the only thing i didn’t have on hand was the rotisserie chicken, which i snagged from the store today.
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this soup was super quick to make–we were devouring it less than twenty minutes after i started making it. and i mean DEVOURING.. this on-a-whim soup actually ended up tasting AMAZING!

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i have lovingly named this “mexican dump soup”–because i really did just dump everything in!

mexican dump soup
prep & cook time: under 20 minutes
makes six servings (about 1.5 cups each)


  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 14.5 oz can broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 14.5 oz can black or pinto beans, drained
  • 10 oz can rotel (can sub diced tomatoes)
  • 7 oz can diced green chiles
  • 16 oz enchilada sauce (i used 8 oz green and 8 oz red)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) salsa
  • meat from one rotisserie chicken OR 12 oz cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • optional garnishes: sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, cilantro, tortilla chips


  1. heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. add diced onions and cook until they are soft, about five minutes.
  3. dump broth, beans, rotel or tomatoes, green chiles, enchilada sauce, and salsa into the pot. bring to a boil.
  4. reduce heat to low and let simmer for about ten minutes.
  5. meanwhile, shred the rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breast and chop the cilantro.
  6. add chicken and cilantro to the soup, stir to combine. let simmer for an additional 2 minutes so the chicken warms through.
  7. remove from heat and serve immediately with garnishes of choice.


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side note: i used a couple non-dairy subs for my soup. i can’t say they taste quite like the real deal, but they will do.

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sigh. giving up dairy has been pretty hard for me.. but if it helps my GI problems then it will be worth it!

that’s all for tonight. i am going to try to get to bed early because i KNOW tomorrow is going to take a lot of energy to get through. going back to work after a 4 1/2 day weekend is never easy!

have a fab monday. check ya later skaters.


1. have you ever been in a car accident? let’s hear the deets.

2. what type/ethnicity of food do you eat most often?

xo. janetha g.

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Emily November 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Wow, thank goodness you’re ok. I have never been in an accident, “knock on wood”, though I regularly almost die while riding my bike here in beautiful Detroit with its numerous drunk drivers and aggressive bus drivers.

Also a Detroit thing: ample, amazing middle eastern food, mostly Lebanese since we have 1. the largest population of ethnically Arab people outside the middle east in the world, 2. The largest percentage of that group is made up of Lebanese folks. They know how to cook, let me tell you.

Erica November 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

oh my gosh! I’m so glad you’re ok. Scary. We eat a lot of both Mexican and Italian food. This looks fantastic. Good, comforting food!!

Carbzilla November 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Oh honey, I’m so glad you’re ok. That must have been terrifying.

I had a weird fender bender that amounted to nothing about a month back (the car I hit – bumped- never contacted my insurance) and the last week I scraped a pillar in our parking garage with my beloved Scion Xa. Thank goodness we only have a $250 deductible bc that little scrape would have cost me $1300 out of pocket.

Big hugs!

Sierra November 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I have some of those Frontera sauces in my cupboard and I have been meaning to make something. Do you use them often?

Janetha November 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Yes! Exclusively. We loooove them!

Laura November 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I have only done silly little things like tap the fence or the carport. But I did two of those things yesterday, in my Husbands car. Oops!
I tend to have Mexican at least twice a week, but I could totally have it twice a day.

elaine c. November 26, 2012 at 1:14 am

so glad you’re okay. car accidents are scary…been in three! twice as a passenger, once as a driver. as a passenger i don’t really remember them as i wasn’t paying that much attention to the road, but as a driver – scary. a car turned out in front of me and rear ended him. he pulled off onto a side street and i followed thinking we’d exchange info. nope he was gone. a nice driver behind me who witnessed it, had followed me to make sure i was okay. he said the van i hit probably drove off because it was a company vehicle and maybe he had been under the influence and didn’t want to get in trouble and lose his job.

i love the name of this recipe. haha, “dump” ;)

where do you get those frontera sauces?

Janetha November 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

Harmon’s, Smith’s, or Target!

katie November 26, 2012 at 5:43 am

SO happy you are ok and that is scary that an accident happens in that spot every week! Too bad there is not something they can do to make it safer maybe?

I am so happy you are ok and your car will better than brand new when it gets fixed up!

Love you!

Christine November 26, 2012 at 5:47 am

I’m so glad you’re okay! Car accidents terrify me.
That soup looks delicious. I have to be honest though, I snort-laughed at the name! I’m such a 12 year old boy sometimes.

Lauren November 26, 2012 at 6:13 am

So happy you’re okay!!!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

By far, we eat mexican more than anything else. I love it! Hlad to hear you’re okay!

Lindsay's List November 26, 2012 at 7:03 am

i’m so sorry about the accident.
i can do MANY things well….but driving isn’t one of them. Four accidents and counting.

sarah @ sarah learns November 26, 2012 at 7:54 am

oh no! i’m glad you’re ok. no matter what the outcome, car accidents are scary! :(

and i am definitely printing this recipe for the next time i’m feeling un-inspired for dinner. i can tell that this soup will be a hit in our house!

sarah @ sarah learns November 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

annnnddd, i made this last night! it’s delicious! i also added a can of corn, but kept everything else the same. we ate it again tonight instead of the salmon we had planned because brad requested the leftovers.

Janetha November 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Yay! Thanks for the feedback :) I was actually sad I had no corn on hand!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

Ugh I’m sure a car accident is the LAST thing you needed to have happen in your life right now! I’m so sorry. But I’m glad to hear no one was hurt!

We love Mexican food too… The soup looks delicious!

Heather (Heather's Dish) November 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

what a pain, but i’m so glad you’re ok! this soup sounds amazing and crazy easy. LOVE.

Susan November 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

Eeek! Glad everyone is okay.

You’d think if accidents keep happening there, they’d do something about the stoplight!

Kendra November 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

As a teenager I was nicknamed “Crash”. I was a terrible driver, drove too fast, didn’t pay attention. I have a hard core guardian angel!

When I was 18 I bought a 1976 Dodge slant 6 camper, that van slowed me right down, thankfully. Plus it became my home traveling between ski hills so I didn’t want to mess it up.

Last winter the chef where I was working put me on what he dubbed the “Vegan Taco’s to Enlightenment Diet”, for 6 weeks he made me vegan Mexican tacos for lunch and dinner. If there were left overs I ate it at breakfast. He had a tortilla press and made them fresh. It was awesome.

Joy November 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

Im so glad you’re ok! My worst accident was when I was 19 my boyfriend broke up with me and I drove to my friends house for comfort and hit a parked car (driving through tears)

Corey @ When We Wander November 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thank goodness no one was hurt! The last time I was in a car accident was about five years ago (knock on wood), but on Thanksgiving Eve I got pulled over! Luckily I was the sober driver for all my not so sober friends, so I didn’t get a ticket or anything. I think I eat mostly Portuguese food since my boyfriend’s family is from the Azores!

Janetha November 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

That’s awesome–I have never had Portuguese food!

jessie ann james November 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

so glad you are ok!!!! and i am excited to make this soup!!!

Paige November 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

SO glad you are ok. And she had insurance. How scary! xxoxo

Dana @Muscles, Miles, and Meals November 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Glad you are okay! Mexican is also our favorite. I put some South Western Chicken in the crockpot before I left the house this morning. I can’t wait to get home and dig in to something warm!

Lisa November 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Glad you’re okay Janetha! So sorry to hear about the whole ordeal. At least everyone is fine though. I’ve never been in an accident before, so I hope that continues! Oh man, now I’m craving Mexican big time!

Kelly November 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Glad your ok!

No dairy is destroying me too. Similarly, I’m avoiding dairy to determine if that is contributing to my stomach woes. As much as I want to know the answer, I hope dairy isn’t it. I want cheese…ice cream…yogurt… everything.

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Sorry to hear about the car accident…you must be so glad it wasn’t worse! I’ve never been in one (knock on wood) and I’m definitely grateful for that.

I love Mexican food but I don’t make it at home nearly as often as I should; awful, considering that there isn’t any authentic Mexican places here. I am planning on making tacos this week though!

Calee November 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

BOO HISS on being hit. That sucks. I’m glad she was actually insured. Related: some people are stupid.

And I’m glad you tried some non-dairy things. They kinda suck, but it’s better than no cheese at all, right? :) I hope.

Also, I’m going to try butternut squash vegan mac and cheeze (yes they spell it with a Z and it drives me nuts because mis-spellings are usually a tipoff to faux foods). I’ll let you know how that goes.

Sherice@foodieluvsfitness November 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Oh snap!! that sucks that your new car got smacked but of course it could be worse. I’m sure the lady felt really awful! I was in a fender bender. I crossed lanes right as a lady turn into the same lane as me and she hit my drivers side bummer spinning me around. It was a bit scary but we all were ok. it ended up being my fault because I didn’t see her merging into the lane. LAME!!!

We eat A LOT of Mexican food around here too…it’s by far our favorite type of food.
This post went right to my heart. I am good enough!! thanks for the pep talk :)

Sherice@foodieluvsfitness November 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

oops.. that last line is for the post about being good enough…. don’t judge.. I’m hopped up on muscle relaxers LOL

Katie November 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I just finished up eating this for dinner! Great recipe :)

Janetha November 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Thanks! And I got your email, going to work on those ASAP! Sorry for not getting back to you yet!!

Maren November 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Very glad to hear you’re okay girl!!! I’m sure that was scary! And a pain in the ass to deal with. Just be thankful no one’s hurt :) I made turkey dump chili for dinner. It was awesome.

Teresa December 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I made this last night…pretty tasty, especially with some cheese, tortilla chips, and guacamole on top! It’s like nachos, but in soup form! Yum!

Trisha December 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

I make a pretty similar soup quite often & for the exact same reason, I always have Mexican inspired ingredients on hand!
Glad you’re ok, car accidents are so unpredictable & scary!

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