Recipe: Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) Nothing can warm you up faster on these chilly winter days than a brimming bowl of soup or chowder. To kick of 2019, The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin are featuring savory soups and chowders with Wisconsin Cheese your family will love.

Salsa Verda is a staple in Hispanic dishes. Typically used to top tacos, enchiladas or burritos; this recipe brings the warm “green salsa” fabulous flavor! Made from tart tomatillo’s, chile peppers and spices, the full flavors of this Salsa Verde Chicken Soup are complemented with the soft creamy flavor notes of our Wisconsin monterey jack. Monterey jack cheese is a natural, creamy white cheese with buttery flavor; perfect for spicy dishes, melts well, and can be used a garnish for this dish as well as an ingredient.

Topping suggestions: additional monterey jack, sliced radishes, sliced or finely chopped jalapeno peppers, dollop of sour cream and thinly sliced green onions

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

1 quart chicken broth
1 cup salsa verde
2 teaspoons each chili powder and ground cumin
2 cans (14.75 ounces each) whole kernel fire-roasted corn blend, drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
8 ounces McCluskey Brothers Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (2 cups)
Additional shredded McCluskey Brothers Monterey Jack cheese
Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream and tortilla chips

Bring the chicken broth, salsa verde, chili powder and cumin to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the corn, black beans and chicken. Cook for 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Gradually stir in monterey jack until melted. Garnish servings with additional monterey jack and toppings as desired.
Recipe Tip
Any brand of Wisconsin monterey jack cheese can be used.

Cheesemonger Tip
MuCluskey Brothers Monterey Jack is a seasonal, grass-fed cheese available plain and flavored. Monterey jack is a natural, creamy white cheese with a buttery flavor; it’s excellent for snacking and melting.