Soup is a primarily liquid food, generally served warm (but may be cool or cold), that is made by combining ingredients such as meat and vegetables with stock, juice, water, or another liquid. Hot soups are additionally characterized by boiling solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavors are extracted, forming a broth. More about Soup at Wikipedia →
A Stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables (such as carrots, potatoes, beans, peppers and tomatoes, etc.), meat, especially tougher meats suitable for slow-cooking, such as beef. Poultry, sausages, and seafood are also used. While water can be used as the stew-cooking liquid, wine, stock, and beer are also common. Seasoning and flavourings may also be added. Stews are typically cooked at a relatively low temperature (simmered, not boiled), allowing flavors to mingle. More about Stew at Wikipedia →
Chili con carne (“chili with meat”), commonly known in American English as simply “chili”, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef), tomatoes and often beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. Variations, both geographic and personal, involve different types of meat and ingredients. Recipes provoke disputes among aficionados, some of whom insist that the word “chili” applies only to the basic dish. Chili is a frequent dish for cook-offs, and is used as an ingredient in other dishes. More about Chili at Wikipedia →
Hope you enjoy the following Soup, Stew & Chili recipes.
Arroz con Pollo (Yellow Rice and Chicken) is a traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, closely related to paella. This recipe is based on a recipe handed down by my Abuela Mima and brings back memories of all the delicious flavors that were commonplace in her kitchen.
Ropa Vieja (Cuban Shredded Beef Stew) is a very popular Cuban meat stew that is traditionally served with white rice. Many say the dish originated in the Canary Islands (where one of my Abuelas was from) and literally means “old clothes”.
Frijoles Colorados (Cuban Red Beans) are usually served over white rice and can be eaten with just about any meat, chicken or seafood. They also freeze very well so you can make a big pot and even enjoy them as a weekday meal.
Frijoles Negros (Cuban Black Beans) have always been a staple in my family. Nutritious and delicious! Make a pot for dinner on Sunday and eat them with a variety of meals during the week or freeze them for a future meal.
This Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup (Caldo de Pollo con Fideos) has been a staple in my family for as long as I can remember. Seems like every time I wasn’t feeling well, this is what I got and somehow, it made me feel better.