Carnita and Chimichurri Stew (aka spicy comfort food)

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Carnitas and Chimichurri Stew

Carnitas and Chimichurri Stew

Hello Monday and no cooking for a couple of days! I love when I can make something that everyone likes AND gets better and better each day. The already rich taste of this stew continues to mature from one day to the next. I can’t wait for dinner tonight!

Usually I am not much for convenience foods. Don’t get me wrong, I Iove the convenience, I just usually don’t care for the flavor of many or the price. I do find, however, that thanks to Trader Joe’s my convenience food ‘ban’ is slowly being lifted. The stew above was based on one of the samples they were giving out one day. The chicken broth was my addition and as time goes on I will probably continue to tweak it. I just can’t seem to help myself!

The base for this stew is Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup. In truth, it is not a favorite of mine if eaten by itself. I find it a bit too sweet. However, add some chicken broth, some flavored rice, and shredded pork carnitas and wow, instant comfort food. Prep time is about 5 minutes and the price for all of the ingredients is not too bad! I keep the makings handy for a quick, warm-your-bones winter meal.

Carnita and Chimichurri Stew
Spicy, thick, and just the right amount of richness!

Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup, 32 ounce carton in the soup aisle
Trader Joe’s Chimichurri Rice, 16 ounce freezer package
Trader Joes Traditional Carnitas- 12 ounce package in the refrigerated section
1- 1 1/2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
salt to taste

Pour soup in large saucepan, and package of rice, and the package of carnitas (shredded). Add one to one and a half cups of chicken broth to desired consistency. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and enjoy! You can add a dollop of sour cream if you want, but I prefer it as is! It is also wonderful with TJ’s Tuscan Pane to dip into it.

You could also substitute pre-cooked shredded chicken meat instead of the pork.