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Chilapachole (Spicy Tomato Crab Soup)

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Light and spicy, chilapachole is a seafood soup enjoyed along the Gulf of Mexico. The sweet crabmeat in a piquant tomato broth makes an elegant dinner party starter, or can be served with a few simple quesadillas for an easy dinner at home. Each coastal chef has a distinct interpretation of this dish, but the secret ingredient they all agree on is pan-roasted vegetables. Some time in a hot skillet makes all the difference- adding a deeper vegetable flavor to your chilapachole."
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40 m servings 122
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place the onion, tomato, red pepper and chili peppers into a large bowl. Add the oil and toss to coat.
  2. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are well browned, stirring occasionally. Remove and reserve the chili peppers from the skillet.
  3. Remove the remaining vegetables to a blender. Add the broth and parsley. Cover and blend for 2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth. Pour the vegetable mixture into a 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir in the crabmeat and cook for 2 minutes or until the mixture is hot. Season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  4. Mince the reserved chili peppers. Sprinkle the soup with the chili peppers and serve with the lime wedges.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 122 calories; 5.3 11.7 9.5 29 422 Full nutrition

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I really like this soup. At first it seemed a bit too watery and thought I needed some heavy cream or some sort of thickener. it thickened up a bit as soon as I transferred it back to the pan. I...

I made this recipe and I really loved it, is very easy to prepare the flavor of the crab is amazing, the combination of vegetable broth , tomatoes , serrano and bell peppers is just perfect, for...

This soup is not for the faint of heart! It is spicy and I did not even use the full 4 Serrano peppers; I used 2 and I got plenty of heat from them even though I stripped the seeds and the mem...

Delicious and spicy. This recipe is perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Yum! This is a great warming soup! I used seafood stock in place of chicken broth and added the juice of 1 lime to the stock. I also doubled the vegetables to add extra thickness. Delicious!