Mexican Spice Chile Soup

Cooking with chiles is a skill that Mexican cooks have honed into an art form over centuries. This bowl with soul contains beans and corn, two staples of south-of-the-border recipes, but also keeps things light and fresh with cubed avocado and thinly sliced radishes.

Mexican Spice Chile Soup

Mexican Spice Chile Soup

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  • 6Servings


  • 2 lb 
boneless, skinless 
chicken thighs, 
trimmed and cubed
  • 1 tsp 
dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 tsp 
sea salt, divided 
+ additional to taste
  • Ground black 
pepper, to taste
  • 2 
dried ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
  • 3 
dried guajillo chiles, stems and seeds removed
  • ½ 
yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 
cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ tsp 
ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp 
ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp 
extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-6 cups 
chicken broth
  • 1¾ cups cooked pinto beans
  • 1¾ cups frozen and thawed corn
  • Optional garnishes: cubed avocado, sliced 
radishes, lime wedges 
and cilantro


  1. Season chicken with oregano, ¾ tsp salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, place dried chiles and cover with water (at least 1 cup). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, or until very soft.
  3. To a blender, transfer chiles with ¾ cup liquid from saucepan and add onion, garlic, cumin, cloves and ½ tsp salt; purée until smooth.
  4. In a large saucepan on medium, heat oil. Pour purée into pan and reduce to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Add broth, beans, corn and chicken. Cover and simmer until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Season with additional salt, as needed. Serve with suggested garnishes (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of soup
  • Calories: 369
  • Carbohydrate Content: 24 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 142 mg
  • Fat Content: 13.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 37 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 811 mg
  • Sugar Content: 1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 3 g