Happy New Year and welcome to cold January! We've had below freezing temperatures that make me want to drink all the warm drinks and eat all the hot food! Soup seems to fit the need and I made this one up with stuff in the fridge and pantry just so I wouldn't have to leave my cozy home. I've actually made it twice this week, tweaking it a little each time based on what I had in the pantry so that means you can do whatever you want with it! Just make soup!
You should always start with onion, then add other vegetables as you wish. I had some bits of red and green peppers that needed to be used so they got thrown into the second batch.
I only used one boneless, skinless chicken breast for each batch! After it cooked a bit, I layered in the spices (chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, and oregano), let it become fragrant, then added chicken broth. Homemade, in my case, but you can certainly use store-bought.
In the first batch, I added about 2/3 cup of rice, a can of black beans, and one cup of frozen corn. In the second batch, I just added quinoa because I didn't want corn and didn't have another can of beans. I repeat, I didn't want to leave my cozy home! Both batches included roasted green chiles ... in the first batch, it was a small can, and in the second batch, it was some frozen ones.
Let it cook just long enough for the rice or quinoa to get done and you have dinner on the table! Garnish with chopped jalapenos, or cilantro, or both. Or neither. Squeeze some lime juice on for brightness, and top with sour cream and cheese, if you want. It's your kitchen ... It's your soup ... make it with what you have on hand and what your tastes dictate. Just make it without leaving your cozy house and snuggle in for a long winter's nap!