Knockoff of Q’doba’s Mexican Gumbo

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Here’s the thing. I can’t face making dinner every. single. night. An hour of cooking and hour of cleaning is just not my idea of a good time. Eating out is not a good solution, because I am a tightwad. Also, I want to feed my family reasonably healthy meals. How do I avoid cooking whilst still providing home-cooked meals? (excellent question, pets!) I am a freezer cook. Every three months or so, I spend a week or two in a cooking frenzy and make a bunch of meals for the freezer. 

I have been cooking this way for so long, I don’t know what to do if there aren’t any meals in the freezer for dinner. I stare into the refrigerator in a stupor, as if something will leap into my arms. Maybe with a little sign on it saying Cook Me! 

I’m at this point right now as a matter of fact. We have been alternating between two kinds of soup and some chicken of indeterminate origin. And we just polished off the last of the soup. So I have resolved to get off my ass this week and cook. If I work hard enough now, then I can DO NOTHING over the long weekend, which, as you know, is an ongoing goal of mine. 

Yesterday I made my knockoff of Q’doba’s Mexican Gumbo (or Chicken Tortilla Soup as it’s known in other circles). I have been perfecting this recipe for about a year, and it’s pretty good. I had two crock-pots of it going all day, and last night I put 10 quarts of soup in the freezer. 

My recipe for Mexican Gumbo

Above Ingredients + Crock Pot =

Today I need to get our bread reserves back up, but tomorrow I am making meatballs and meatloaves. I have to. I have 20 pounds of hamburger in the refrigerator.

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6 Responses to “Knockoff of Q’doba’s Mexican Gumbo”

  1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect Says:

    Wow. This looks good! I’m off to read the recipe…

  2. Diane Says:

    You are so smart to cook like that. Wish I could get it together to do the same. I have been baking bread and freezing it though, so that counts. Right…

  3. Green V-Neck Says:

    BULK cooking is the key, I swear. The last couple weeks we have been floundering because I have declared Sunday my DAY OFF but because of other people’s shit happening on Saturday I’m not able to do my usual seven-hour cooking/baking stint on that day, so let’s go back to the beginning of the sentence. FLOUNDERING. Yesterday I FORGOT to make dinner. For reals, yo.

    My problem is compounded by the need to basically make everything from scratch, vegetarian & gluten-free. Eggs in recognizable form are not permitted, but dh and I have a sort of don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy, where the don’t-tell is where I omitted to inform him a year ago that I now use eggs in baked goods.

    Oh, hey, did I just write a novel? Sorry.

  4. Care Says:

    Okay, Deb! Night two on your recipes – we made chicken tortilla soup! Because I never assume people remember who the blazes I am once they’ve finished reading my comments… I’ve got one big eater, two middle eaters and a toddler. ^_^ Big eater wasn’t home today, so it was just the two middles and the toddler (in this case, my DH, our son, and me). Now, my DH *hates* soup. HATES it. He agreed to try this soup just because he’s sweet like that. We put soup over rice, and ran with it.

    It was love. LOVE, I TELL YOU. He devoured his bowl, and put aside a second for lunch tomorrow. He doesn’t do that with my chicken lasagna, so I’m impressed. The toddler ate all the solid contents *around* the rice, then ate the rice, and then splashed in the soup. As for me, I dig it. A lot. Enough to have packed up another 4L for the freezer. ^_^ I’m THRILLED.

    Re: kiddo and spice – I couldn’t find Ro*Tel tomatoes, so I improvised. I guessed you had 2 15 ounce cans there, and got as close to a 28 as I could of just plain diced tomatoes. I added about a quarter cup of chopped jalapenos to the mix. It was slightly spicy this time, and I’ll let you know if it goes out of control in the freezer. ^_~


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  6. Chas Lickert Says:

    Man, my grandmother was from Sicily and she made the most amazing meatballs I ever tasted, like you had died and gone to meatball heaven. Sadly, she died last year and she didnt leave a recipe for me so I’ve been trying to work it out on my own… slowly working my through the meatball recipes here, I still cant figure out what her secret ingredient was though!!!