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Spicy ChipotleTomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Empenada Dumplings


Spicy Chipotle Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Empanada Dumplings

If you love tomato soup, you have to try this version created by Chef George Duran and inspired by Hunt’s and Kraft’s Tomato Soup recipe. It has a nice smoky and spicy kick from the chipotle.

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  • 1/2 Cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 Cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 Cup chopped carrot
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 4 Cups water
  • 33.5 Ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 12 Ounces Tomato Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon chipotle-flavored hot pepper sauce
  • 12 Ounces evaporated milk
  • 4 Cups finely shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 5 slices American cheese, chopped
  • 24 Asian dumpling wrappers (3-inch rounds)
  • 1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese


Heat 1/4 cup oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrot; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add the garlic; cook 1 minute more or until fragrant.  Add the water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and pepper sauce to saucepan; stir to combine. Reduce the heat and simmer 15 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring occasionally.  Remove soup from heat. Carefully blend mixture in saucepan with hand-held immersion blender until smooth. Stir in milk and keep warm; set aside.

Make grilled cheese dumplings by mixing mozzarella and American cheeses in medium bowl and mashing them together with a fork. Fill each dumpling wrapper with 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture in the center and then run a wet finger around the edge of the dough. Fold the dough in half and press the edges to seal. Using a fork, press firmly around the edges on both sides to completely seal the dumpling. Cook the dumplings in batches. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick saute pan and begin frying. Once browned on first side, turn the dumplings over and add 2 tablespoons of water to pan and cover immediately. Allow the steam to finish cooking them, about 2 minutes. Remove the cover and allow the water to evaporate. Cook 1 minute more until golden brown. Continue cooking the remaining dumplings.

Place dumplings in soup and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Dumplings also may be served on the side, if desired.