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Holy Moley Veggie and Rice Soup

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on January 9, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Holy Moley Soup from Soup's On!

I am no stranger to mole, but our recent trip to Mexico City, gave me an appreciation for Mexican food like no other. Fresh, soft and supple corn tortillas that blew my mind. An assortment of flavourful vegetables. Spicy salsa on the side, to add as much or as little heat as I could tolerate. Vegan eats were a bit hard to find, but after scoping out the right restaurants, we had unearthed some gems. My two favourite restaurants served an abundance of tacos. One of them served a delicious chocolate-infused mole sauce. Rob did a double-take after I ordered another taco and did not share. I had to savour another one!

Chocolate in savoury meals can be a bit tricky. A bit heavy handed, and it can sink in your tummy. A good balance of sweet, spicy and salty are necessary to balance the flavours well. This is an unusual spin on mole, in soup form, bulked up with vegetables and brown rice. The tomato-chocolate backdrop was a delicious spin without being heavy (and the initial puree prior to adding the stock would be a delicious sauce on its own). While this wasn’t in a taco, we served this with tortillas on the side.

Like mole, tamales are also a Mexican comfort food. Our next Mexican culinary adventures will be tamales. We were planning to have a tamalada (a tamale-making party) prior to Christmas, as tamales are usually eaten around holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s. However, it is harder to schedule a large gathering of fellows than you might think. It means the tamalada will happen in the new year. With my recent chocolate themed eats, I will likely be proposing chocolate tamales for dessert.

What is your favourite Mexican comfort food?

Holy Moley Soup from Soup's On!
This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays, to this week’s Weekend Wellness, to this month’s We Should Cocoa, to this month’s No Croutons Required and to this month’s My Legume Love Affair.

Holy Moley Veggie and Rice Soup 
Adapted from The 30 Minute Vegan Soup’s On!

1 tbsp coconut oil, or oil of choice
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp chopped roasted hatch chiles (from a can)
5 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp Ancho chile powder, divided
4 cups vegetable stock or water (I used water)
14.5 oz can diced roasted tomatoes, with juice
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups cooked chickpeas (rinsed and drained if canned – black beans would be nice, too)
1.5 cups sliced zucchini (halved lengthwise then thinly sliced)
1.5 cups chopped carrots
1 cup corn kernels
2 tbsp lime juice, or to taste
1.5 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice
salt, or to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
3 tbsp chopped cilantro

1. In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Once hot, add the onion, sprinkle with salt and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the hatch chiles and garlic and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally, being careful not to let anything burn. Add the cumin, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp Ancho chile powder. Cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

2. Lower the heat to medium an add 1 cup of the vegetable stock/water, tomatoes and chocolate chips. Cover and cook for 8 minutes. remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Place in a blender and blend until completely smooth, being careful to vent any steam that may accumulate.

3. Add the remaining 3 cups of broth/water to the pot. Increase heat to medium. Add the chickpeas, zucchini, carrot and cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are almost tender-crisp. Stir in the corn, tamari, lime juice, cooked brown rice and remainder of the Ancho chile powder (1/2 tsp). Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and serve with chopped tortillas.

Serves 4.

  1. Chocolate chips?! I always do cocoa, and I love moe. This I have to try!

  2. This looks delicious! I’ve been in a Mexican soup mood and this is a great new one to try!

  3. OMG, mole in a soup? SUPER interesting idea! I wonder how this would work out with black beans instead of chickpeas? Must experiment. 🙂


  5. 3/4C choc chips sounds super chocolat-ey but it looks lusciously rich and delicious. I love Mexican food too but still haven’t tried tamales. I’d love to go to a “tamalada”!

  6. Reblogged this on veggiewitch and commented:
    This looks divine! /drool

  7. This looks like one for my bookmarks – love a good mole and this looks an excellent way to eat it – I love any mexican food with tacos or tortillas but would love to conquer tamales – tried last year and wasn’t happy with result so still need to try again. Will look forward to reading about your tamales

  8. I love mole when it’s done right, but it definitely does require a delicate balance of ingredients to get it there! Your soup looks ahhhmmmaaazing! I would so lick the bowl.

  9. I am (still! terribly!) yet to try mole 😛 I have to make it a priority! I think this recipe could well be the one that pulls me in 🙂

  10. Wow Ive never tried anything like this before. I’m going to make this next week for lunches 🙂

  11. That’s a proper bowl of comfort…have you tried it with barley? X

  12. Delicious and ideal for this time of year, thanks for taking part in We should cocoa

  13. […] We have been making soups and stews to keep us warm on chilly nights. Holey Moley Veggie and Rice Soup from the taste space is on my to-make […]

  14. chocolate chips in soup?? whaaaaaatttt?? but seriously I love this idea and fully support all ways of getting more chocolate into my diet 😉

  15. Mmmm this sounds good! Very warm and comfort meal like. Chocolate chips huh? I usually use raw cacao, but the chips would give it a nice kick =)

  16. This looks really, really good! Your warning on having just the right amount of chocolate is spot on.

  17. This looks like one amazing veggie soup, definitely going to give this a shot!

  18. Stunning and it’s on the growing list of recipes that you inspire me to make. Thanks for sharing with NCR.

  19. I love how unique this soup is and all of the balanced flavors in it. It looks like a hearty way to stay warm on a cold day. 😉 Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays.

  20. Would not think to make a soup with mole in it. Sounds good. I love mole.

  21. […] and even more masa harina, there will be another tamalada. Perhaps I will finally make those chocolate tamales after all. Have you ever made tamales […]

  22. […] doesn’t have problems with cold weather I presume and even if, her spicy, hot and chocolated Holy Moly Veggie and Rice Soup would make her heat up at […]

  23. Lovely recipe!
    Thank you for submitting it to MLLA.
    the round up is online!

  24. […] friends. True to his word, Rob and Matt had a feast ready for me just as I stepped (pedalled) home: Holy Moley Veggie and Rice Soup and corn tortillas followed by Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls. Actually, the order was reversed, […]

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