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Sometimes a recipe just needs a little tweaking to suit you and your family’s tastes. That was the case last night with this low-carb delicious jalapeno popper soup.
We were chatting about some of our favorite low-carb recipes on the Low Carb Challenge Facebook group and someone mentioned Mellissa Sevigny’s Jalapeno Popper Soup recipe. The group member raved about how good it is so of course, being a big fan of Mellissa’s low-carb recipes I had to check it out for myself. It indeed sounded yummy!
But I knew, knowing my and my family’s tastes that I would have to tweak it a bit. My husband Michael loves spicy way more than I do and I didn’t want to open a full pound of bacon for four slices so I used bacon grease and bits instead and cut back on the jalapeno so I could enjoy it too. I also don’t have any xanthan gum in the house as I prefer to thicken my soups by naturally cooking them down while letting the flavors blend… so I set out to see if I could make it for dinner yummy enough that we would both like it….
Be sure to check out Mellissa’s recipe HERE to see how it is intended to be without my tweaks. I have put my recipe below so you can see what I did to mine so that it suited my family’s tastes.
- Approximately 2 TBSP (measured congealed) Bacon grease
- 1 cup real bacon bits; more or less to taste (I prefer Costco Kirkland brand); divided
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 3 TBSP salsa (I used more of the tomato than juice)
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 large jalapeno
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot Sauce, Sour Cream, Diced Tomatoes and Sliced Green Onions (Optional)
- Melt bacon grease in the bottom of a medium size pot.
- Add heavy whipping cream, chicken broth and cream cheese and simmer on low, stirring often, until they are all well blended.
- Seed pepper, and place under broiler until skin is charred. If you have a gas stove it's easier to char it over one of the burners. Remove the skin and mince.
- Add salsa, garlic powder, cheese, approximately ⅔ of the bacon bits and the prepared jalapeno to pot.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer on low for approximately 45 minutes more or until the soup is to desired consistency. Mine was like a chowder.
- Top with hot sauce, reserved bacon bits, a dollop of sour cream, tomatoes and green onions as desired just before serving.
Want help with roasting those peppers? Here is a clear, concise video that shows you both ways I mentioned in the recipe:
When you compare recipes you see I cut the amount of jalapeno peppers way back. Michael added hot sauce to his before eating. I also upped the amount of salsa (medium as that is what someone left in my fridge after our last party) and cheese. This made for a thicker consistency with less effort. The soup was more like chowder and took me, from start to finish one hour. It was so delicious that Michael all but licked his bowl!
By the way, I used a Tupperware Smart Chopper to mince my jalapeno pepper. It made my job super simple without getting all those hot and spicy oils onto my hands! I never thought I would use this thing as much as I do as I normally would just grab a chef’s knife and cutting board. It’s far less messy, takes just a few pulls of the cord and cleanup is a breeze! I cannot recommend it enough. I find myself using mine all the time!
Thank you Mellissa for such a yummy recipe that I had the honor of tweaking so that Michael and I could enjoy it too! If you like spicy I highly recommend you use Mellissa’s recipe as is and if you haven’t checked out her website you need to do that! NOW! You know I never steer you wrong and I won’t this time either. She is well known for her consistently good low-carb recipes! Just be sure to tell her that Marge sent you! In the meantime, ciao for now!
p.s. if you’re in the market for a chopper you’ll want to check these out:
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