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[Leftover] Carnitas Soup
with chayote / cabbage

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With carnitas made earlier in the week, this soup that we featured back in 2019 comes together fast and has tons of color and flavor.
Smarts: Store-bought salsa is an easy way to build another layer of flavor into the soup. Be sure to use a salsa that is mild if you prefer less spice.

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Ingredients

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4
Leftover Carnitas Soup:
  • Squash, chayote - 8 oz, chopped (sub zucchini)
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Peppers, poblanos - 1, diced (sub green bell pepper)
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 5 cups
  • Slow-cooker carnitas (leftover from Monday) - ~3 cups
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz
  • Salsa, store-bought - 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch, chopped
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste

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Prep

  1. Chayote / Onions / Poblanos / Jalapenos / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store chayote in one container. Combine onions, poblanos, jalapenos, and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions, poblanos, jalapenos, and garlic. Saute until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add chayote and stock. Bring to a simmer.

  3. When soup is simmering, stir in pork, coleslaw mix, and salsa.

  4. Simmer until chayote and coleslaw are tender, ~10 minutes.

  5. While soup simmers, chop cilantro.

  6. Remove soup from heat and stir in lime juice. Season with some salt and pepper. If you’d like the soup spicier, stir in some hot sauce.

  7. Divide soup between bowls and top with cilantro. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (15)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

So quick and easy! We used chicken breast and it crisped up nicely. Instead of mayo, I used greek yogurt with a little smoked paprika, salt, and lime juice. I highly recommend the additions!

By: Nicole
Posted: Jun 04, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

15 reviews

Smashed chichpeas were delicious for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. My daughter who misses tuna salad since she became a vegetarian, really liked it! I think this will become a go-to for easy lunches. We skipped the green beans and did frozen sweet potato fries for ease.

By: Kirsten
Posted: Oct 26, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Sandwich was great but my green beans shriveled up and didn't do well in the oven for some reason. I wish I had pan cooked them with some garlic and olive oil.

By: Karen
Posted: Jun 26, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Very tasty use for the leftover pork and loved the crispy pork with the Miracle Whip, tomatoes, and spinach that I used. I can't speak to the green beans though as I didn't make them.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Jun 12, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Super simple and quick. Great use of leftovers as a completely different meal. Even quickened it by using steam fresh bag of green beans.

By: Cara
Posted: Jun 11, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made the vegetarian version, and doubled everything except the onions, and it was super tasty!! Did a red pepper tomato soup and salad with it, and had it on french sliced bread, and it was really good. Great as a leftover, I would eat this in place of tuna any day, and I love tuna. Kids would not eat it, oh well.

By: Kristine
Posted: Jun 11, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Kids loved this. Fast and easy!

By: Markell
Posted: Jun 09, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful