Thursday, February 2, 2017

Soup with a Little Spice


I made a smaller batch of this soup without the jalapenos and cumin for my boys. Without the jalapenos, this is a great and classic potato soup. With the jalapenos, it becomes something fun and different.

Jalapeno-Potato Soup


2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno peppers, with pickling liquid (see notes)
1 pinch baking soda
2 cups evaporated milk
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Favorite toppings (additional jalapeno slices, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese)


Melt margarine or butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion in melted margarine/butter until tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir potatoes with the onion; season with cumin. Pour chicken broth over the potato mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, place cover on the pot, and cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove pot from heat. Stir jalapeno peppers and baking soda into the broth. Stream evaporated milk into the broth while stirring.

Mash potatoes in the pot with a potato masher until coarsely smashed; stir. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Return pot to medium-high heat and bring soup to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the soup is warmed through, about 15 minutes.

Source:, submitted by Tina Waldher. You can find it here.

Notes: We really liked this. The leftovers were great too. We used tamed bottled sliced jalapenos, but if you want it spicier, use untamed jalapeno slices. As mentioned above, if you want just a classic potato soup, skip the cumin and jalapenos. We served ours in bread bowls topped with additional jalapeno slices, crumbled bacon, and shredded Cheddar cheese.


  1. Jeremiah loves jalapenos, so this was probably right up his alley. Did it get hotter the day after?

  2. The heat level stayed the same. Perhaps it would have gotten hotter if I had used untamed bottled jalapenos.