Fresh From a Can – Soup You Can Trust

Today I’m joining Soupapalooza, mostly because I like the name; however, I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to a soup that you can trust.

It’s homemade.  From a can.

That might sound curious to you, but let me explain.

Do you ever have those nights where you don’t feel like cooking?  Nights when poisoning your family with canned food seems like a better choice than cooking for them?

Me too!

That’s why I’m so excited about this recipe.  You see, you can shop for the ingredients, stockpile them if you wish, and they’ll last for years.  We can easily call this Post-Apocalyptic Soup, but that might sound too intimidating for some, which is why I went with Soup You Can Trust.  After all, we don’t want to scare the children with dinner.

Some of you do that anyhow, but moving on…

Soup You Can Trust


1 box chicken stock

1 box chicken broth

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can Mexican corn (regular corn can be substituted)

1 can chicken (drained)

1 can Rotel tomatoes

please ignore the multiples

Spices – this is where it’s subject to taste.  I’m going to offer a guideline, but alter to suit you and your family.

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp roasted ground coriander

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder or use fresh garlic

1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper

salt & pepper to taste

Top with fresh cilantro (if you have it/can find it, otherwise sprinkle with a little dried cilantro when throwing in the rest of the spices)

Dump everything into a pot and bring to a slight boil.  Simmer until hot.

How easy is that?  It actually tastes good too.

I’ll be honest, when I first made this soup, FringeMan decided he had to work late and miss dinner.  Then he almost fainted when I fed it to him for lunch the next day, but after he tasted it, he loved it!  He wanted more.  Now he walks around with his arms stretched out in front of him, growling the words MORE Post-Apocalyptic Soup.  You should see it.  It’s quite frightening, but the soup is yum.

If you want to get all highfalutin fain-cy on me, you can roast real chicken and simmer your own broth, but I’m a simple girl who really doesn’t love to cook, so I’m good with a few cans.

I found the original recipe here and jazzed it up with a few spices and the cream of chicken soup to thicken the broth.  We also like to top the soup with a little grated cheddar cheese and a few Fritos.  We’re classy like that.  Just make sure the family understands that Fritos are not noodles.  They’re just a garnish, so you only need a few.

If you are brave enough to try this, please let me know what you think.  I promise you, it’s the easiest almost-from-scratch  soup you’ll ever make – it’s the Soup You Can Trust.

So Come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine & Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset”.  I’m sure they’ll be lots of great soup recipes.  I can’t wait to click over myself!

P.S.  Wait till you see these soups!  Looks like I forgot to hire a professional photographer to capture my Fritos in their best light.  Silly me.


  1. mmm, I want to try that!

  2. MMMM, looks delish! I gotta try this. :)

  3. Mmmmm…Time to get some cans…the apocalypse has come.

  4. Sounds yummy! I will have to have The Captain make it for us! :)

  5. Glad I came across this – LOVE soup !

  6. This is great. Stephen brought home a can of that chicken from the states and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Now I don’t need to wait for the apocalypse! :)

  7. Love the convenience of soup especially on busy take this one here and that one there nights! The love gals like it for lunch too. Adding sheredded leftovers from a roasted chicken from the Giant or the whole thing is a plus.

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