Succotash-Salsa Soup

Succotash-Salsa Soup
  • 4Servings


  • 4 heirloom or 6 plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 ears corn, kernels scraped from the cob
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely diced
  • 2 fresno or jalapeno chile peppers, thinly sliced or finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder or other mild to medium-hot chile powder (about a palmful)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (about 1/2 palmful)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
  • A small handful cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cups lightly crushed blue-corn tortilla chips, such as Xochitl
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco


Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. With a small knife, make X marks in the skin at the base of the tomatoes. Place a large bowl of ice water close to the stove. Boil the tomatoes for 30 seconds, then transfer to the ice bath. Peel and finely chop.

While the water comes to a boil, heat a soup pot over medium-high heat with the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan. Add the corn and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the zucchini, chiles, bell pepper, onion, garlic, ancho chile powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Add the stock, beans and chopped tomatoes and cook to combine and thicken a little, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Top with the tortilla chips and queso.