[Leftover] Carnitas Soup
with chayote / cabbage
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.
- 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
Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions, poblanos, jalapenos, and garlic. Saute until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
Add chayote and stock. Bring to a simmer.
When soup is simmering, stir in pork, coleslaw mix, and salsa.
Simmer until chayote and coleslaw are tender, ~10 minutes.
While soup simmers, chop cilantro.
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.
Divide soup between bowls and top with cilantro. Enjoy!
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!1 Helpful
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.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.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.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.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.0 Helpful
Kids loved this. Fast and easy!0 Helpful