When you need a satisfying and flavorful bowl of soup, this one fits the bill! With the homemade mixes or a jar of the dry blend in your pantry, it’s a quick meal time solution as well.
When stocking my pantry with seasoning blends and homemade mixes, this one is a staple. It’s so much more than a soup blend! Check out the list of various other recipes this blend will make and decide for yourself if this is a single use or bulk blend for your pantry.
MAKE IT A MIX
- Layer the ingredients into a small zip top baggie.
- Make several at a time to keep on hand.
- Consider keeping several of the bags in a small container along with the printed recipe so there’s no hunting down the recipe at meal time.
Bulk Blend: (makes approximately 10 single mixes)
- Place the ingredients in a bowl so you can blend thoroughly.
- For the bulk blend, I recommend the ingredient variation below* using cheese powder. With the addition of the cheese powder, it becomes so much more flavorful and versatile as a seasoning blend.
- Pour the well blended mix into an air tight container.
- Consider attaching the printed recipe to the jar so there’s no hunting down the recipe at meal time.
GOT KIDS? Let them help make up the mixes for personal use or gifting purposes.
- Set it up like an assembly line, assigning 1 person to each ingredient and pass the bags around the table, OR…
- Set it up as a round table process. Line up all of the ingredients with their measuring utensils, place a stack of bags at the front of the ingredient line and let each person go down the line to make a full mix.
MAKE IT A GIFT
This makes a fantastic homemade gift.
- Housewarming gift
- Hostess gift
- Birthday / Holiday
I love to put this mix in a cello bag and place it in a gift container or bag with the canned tomatoes, canned cheese soup*, printed recipe and some chips and salsa. When I include the gift version of this homemade salsa...it’s even more perfect!
When gifting to a larger family, gift the bulk blend in a canning jar with the printed recipe.
TIP: When gifting this mix, I recommend the ingredient variation below* using cheese powder.
*DRY MIX INGREDIENT VARIATION: When I was producing this mix as a product that I sold, I used a cheese powder which eliminated the need to add a can of cheese soup. However, this is not an ingredient found in the typical grocery store, so to make it ‘homemade’ friendly, I removed the powder from the seasoning blend and used canned cheddar cheese soup in the ‘soup’ recipe.
If you want to make the original version and use cheese powder instead of canned cheese soup, you can order it online. Here’s a link to a cheese powder** I’ve used in the past in case you need help finding it. There are a variety of options out there, so feel free to experiment. This just happens to be one I’ve used and found to work well.
Add 1 tablespoon of the powder to the single use version or 10 tablespoons to the bulk blend version. When making the recipe for the soup, eliminate the canned cheddar soup.
As I mentioned above, this blend is so much more than a soup mix so I love making a bulk blend for my pantry. Here are a few quick tips for using this blend to season up other dishes:
- Place boneless, skinless chicken into a slow cooker, sprinkle with 4 tablespoons Enchilada Soup Blend, add a cup of water and a 10 oz can of tomatoes with chilis, and let slow cook on low for about 4 hours. Shred the chicken for tacos or serve as an entree over rice.
- Season rice while it cooks for a tasty side dish
- Make a dip! Hot Enchilada Dip is a family favorite, so I’ve included this bonus recipe in the download files below!
Look for other recipes using this blend to be added to this blog over time!
AN INGREDIENT TIP:
Chicken broth granules or powder range in flavor, sodium levels, MSG content, and amount of natural ingredients. Choose the soup base that meets the taste and needs of your family. If you’re not sure, start by making the single use version a few times, trying different soup bases you find at your local market. When you find the one you like best, it’s time to make the bulk version!
Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed:
- Knorr Granulated Bouillon
- Orrington Farms Natural Broth Base & Seasoning
- Wyler’s Chicken Instant Bouillon Powder
Not sure what Masa Harina is? Neither did I when I first created this recipe, but I was looking for an ingredient that would give it that ‘enchilada’ flavor. A little research lead me to this ingredient and it worked perfectly. This link** shows what I first used when developing the recipe, but that’s a pretty big bag! Look for it in the grocery if you don’t want to order online. I’ve also used this at times: Bob’s Red Mill Golden Masa Harina Corn Flour**
To make it easy for you, here are some printable recipe cards with all of the ‘make a mix’ tips AND… the bonus recipe for Hot Enchilada Dip.
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