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Chick-Pea Chili Soup (Mock Menudo) Hangover Cure

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“A quick and satisfying recipe, best served when one needs to recover from a late night! Recipe from the book WHAT TO COOK When You Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat. By Arthur Schwartz. Menudo is a legendary tripe soup/stew of Mexico and the Southwest United States, where the joints that serve it often don't open until midnight. Menudo can, its devotees say prevent a hangover. Tripe soup eaters all over the world claim this, so it must work. Experts on such nutritional/medical matters explain that its the protein from the tripe and the liquid of the soup medium that stave off the side effects of overindulgence. Theoretically, high-protein chick-peas in soup should have a similar effect.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil for abour 3 minutes. (add optional bacon here, see note).
  2. Stir in the garlic and continue to sauté 2 more minutes. Do not brown the garlic.
  3. Stir in chili powder and oregano, sauté an other minute.
  4. Add water and bouillon cube (or stock), chick-peas and tomato paste (+can of tomatoes if using).
  5. Bring to a simmer and simmer steadily for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, cook rice separately.
  7. To serve, put a portion of rice in a bowl, then ladle in the hot soup.
  8. Notes:
  9. - For extra flavor and texture, you can also fry up a bit of chopped up bacon in the olive oil before adding the onions (keep the bacon fat! (then continue with step 2).
  10. -The rice is just an option but is a comforting filler.
  11. -Serve on its own or with hot sauce, diced avocado, green onions or cilantro.

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