Sopa de Xoconostle

sopa de xoconostle

I woke up and felt the chill in the air. Closed my eyes and pulled the sheets more tightly. Fall came early. Like an automatic switch, my brain translated fall into an excuse to eat soup for days. Oh how I love fall and a delicious soup to warm the heart.

To start off this soup season I wanted to share my favorite soup of all time: Sopa de Xoconostle.

Xoconostles, as I have shared with you in the past, are the sour fruit of the prickly pear cactus.  As you might imagine, this soup will be extremely subtle, citric, and rejuvenating. The best way to describe it is by saying that it’s the Mexican version of a Miso Soup.

As a child my mom made this soup quite often and I always felt happy and relaxed after eating it.  To me there is no more comforting food than the delicious broth of Sopa de Xoconostle.

Run to your favorite Mexican market and purchase the ingredients for this simple recipe that will soothe your heart.

6 xoconostles
5 tomatillos
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 large white onion
1 jalapeño
1 tablespoon of coarse salt
1/4 cup cilantro (roughly chopped)
2 liters of water

- Bring 2 liters of water to a boil.
- In the meantime, cut both ends of a xoconostle and remove the skin using a paring knife.  If you would prefer, remove the seeds using a spoon (I like the seeds but they can be like pomegranate seeds, it’s your choice).
- Roughly chop the xoconostles and add to water. Lower heat.
- Chop tomatillos in quarters and add to water also.
- Rough chop the onion and add to the soup.
- Add the garlic, jalapeño, and salt.
- Continue simmering for approximately 30 minutes or until xoconostles are cooked. You will know when the xoconostles are cooked if they are firm yet easy to chew.
- As you turn off your heat add the cilantro. You can serve after 5 minutes.

sopa de xoconostle adriana guillen

Extremely simple yet so comforting this soup is. You can eat it as an appetizer before a meal or as a light entree.  I love to eat my Sopa de Xoconostle with some Mayocoba beans that have just been cooked by adding them inside the soup (don’t use canned beans as they will ruin the subtle flavors). Also, I prefer to have a warm corn tortilla instead of bread or crackers with it.

sopa de xoconostle




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