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Monday, December 23, 2013

Apocalypse Soup

I saw this recipe on a online news magazine I read.  The premise behind this soup is it's a complete meal you can make with nothing but 8 cans from your pantry and a packet of seasoning mix.  Imagine the power is out and you've eaten everything in the refrigerator that you could before it all spoiled.  There is no getting to the store for the roads are impassable and even if you could get to the store you would find most all the shelves empty, cleaned out, bare.  Basically, this is apocalypse food.  Here's what you need:

1 (15oz) can black beans, drained
1 (15oz) can pinto beans, drained
1 (15oz) can sweet corn, drained
1 (14.5oz) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 (12.5oz) can white chicken breast, drained
1 (10.75oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10oz) can green enchilada sauce
1 (14oz) can chicken broth
1 packet taco seasoning

You will need a can opener.  Remember, this is the end of the world and there is no electricity.  
Only one can had a pull top.

Everybody on the top row, get ready to be drained.

The chicken breast meat can use a bit of chopping up with a knife as it will not fall apart during cooking.
Easy to do while still in the can before draining.  In fact, I forgot to drain this but didn't think it made a difference in the end.

Dump everything into a pot.
This is a three quart pan and there wasn't much room to spare.  You may want to go a bit larger.
Stir well while cooking and be aware of the cream of chicken soup.  It will tend to stay together in one clumpy yellow mass, so break it up while stirring.

It took about 20 to 25 minutes to get to eating temperature.  I hope you don't have an electric stove.
No power, remember.  Well there's always the gas bar-b-que outside.

I wasn't under survival conditions for this preparation so I took advantage of that fact and added some shredded cheese and sour cream.

This was amazingly good and my wife was very surprised considering the source.  We could only eat one bowl each as it was quite filling.  There was 3/4's of the pot left over so there's several meals to be had in Apocalypse Soup, Pantry Soup, 8 Can Soup, Damn Good Soup, whatever you want to call it. 


Carole M. said...

certainly would make a quantity, could freeze portions to suit. Sounds 'hearty' and in the cold weather, soup is a great standby.

s.c said...

Very nice recipe. Also good explained by a lot of clear pictures. Soup has to be made in large portions otherwise the taste don't blend . Thanks for this tip for apocalyptic times. I will try it in due time.

biebkriebels said...

At least two persons will survive the Apocalyps or the Christmas time!

TexWisGirl said...

i think i'd change the name of it. :)

RedPat said...

It would come in handy for many people here in Toronto today. I have power but many (250,000) don't!

Jo's World said...

I think it could be called Winter Soup because it has some "warming" ingredients in it, like enchilada sauce and taco seasoning.

Good find, John!


Randy said...

Sounds interesting.

genie said...

This is definitely a Buddy soup. I am going to the store in the morning and buy the cans wrap them up, and on Christmas morning he will get the surprise of his life...the food and a recipe he can follow. Thanks. genie

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I came over from Genie's blog b/c she linked to you and her picture of this soup looked delicious. The recipe sounds fun and I will try it. I'm into simple but good dinners! When we had kids at home (over half a century ago, yikes) I used to cook what I called five-can casserole. Probably the day before payday with what was in the pantry. There had to be a protein, a vegetable, a carb (corn, canned potatoes, I can't remember for sure), that chicken soup, and something to dress it up (LOL) canned onion rings or something. Jeez, our kids loved it. I wonder why I ever thought I had to use a cookbook.

Rose said...

Genie gave a link to this...it sounds good. Just might have to try it sometime.

Anonymous said...

I, too, came over from Genie's. This looks yummy! Would be perfect for cooking in a sun oven. :-)