Ok, with these colder days we've been experiencing, I've been eating way too much comfort food. This morning I decided that since I was going to be home all day, I'd plan something for dinner. I wanted something that would be comforting after spending the day cleaning up around the yard and washing my very dirty pickup. I had some left over grilled chicken from the other night. Let's see, here is some frozen corn. I have some garlic and onions from the garden that still need to be eaten. Hmmm... what else do I have around here? Oh, hey a couple jalapeños and a red bell pepper! I have an idea brewing here. So, I pulled out the Dutch oven and got to chopping. Into it went, a couple medium onions, a few minced garlic cloves, a couple jalapeños, a red bell pepper, corn, a couple diced up tomatoes, a few cups of shredded up grilled chicken breasts, and a can of black beans. Then I went to the cupboard and found cumin, chili powder, salt, black pepper, & crushed red peppers. Into the pot they went. Then I made up a couple cups of chicken broth and poured that over the mix. Stirred it up and cooked that for the first few hours and a medium/high heat, then I let cool down a bit and let it cook for a couple more hours on a medium to low heat. Booooy did the house smell good when I came in from washing truck an hour ago. Here is how it looked when I took off the lid and gave it a little stir... I served myself up a nice bowl and added fresh cilantro and some chopped avocado. Added a pinch of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack and opened a Corona. Not too bad!!! All the benefits of a warm chicken soup with just the right amount of zing to perk up the sinuses. Dig in... dinners ready!!! There's just something about Tex-Mex style of food that just makes me feel good.