Ellensburg Enchilada Soup

The Ellensburg Enchilada is a rich creamy soup. It contains just enough white rice to thicken it up and turn it into a real bonafide stew. Add large chunks of chicken to really top it off.

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You will need:

  • 1/2 Chicken Breast or 4 oz. Canned Chicken
  • 4 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 2 oz. green chile (optional)

Includes:

  • Bean and rice mixture
  • Spice Packet
  • Chicken base

Cooking Directions:

Stovetop Directions:
1. Look through bean and rice mix for pebbles or other field debris. Soak bean & rice mix (optional, directions below).
2. Add 4 cups of water to the bean mixture. *Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans begin to soften about 45 minutes
3. Add both packets, cooked chicken, and tomato sauce. Simmer another 30 minutes or until beans are fully soft.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Crockpot Directions:
Add 4 C. water, the entire soup mix, and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 10 hours. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 6 hours. Add tomato right before serving. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1/2 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat, and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy!


How to Soak Beans

Place bean mix in a saucepan. Add 4 C. water, then soak for 8 to 24 hours. Keep the water and return to the directions after the asterisk*, or discard the water and add fresh water.
When adding fresh water, reduce water by 3/4 C if you soaked the beans for 8 hours or 1 1/4 C. if you soaked the beans for 24 hours.


Cooking Variations:

Switch up the tomato: To give this soup a bit of a kick, you can switch out the tomato for a can of tomatoes with green chilies.
Add some corn: 10-15 minutes before the soup is done, add 1 can of creamed corn.

Bean Hints & Nutrition:
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans per week for the maximum health benefit. Beans are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.

Fun Fact: Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest; this may cause gas. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.

You will need:

  • 1 Chicken Breast or 6 oz. Canned Chicken
  • 8 oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 4 oz. green chile (optional)

Includes:

  • Bean and rice mixture
  • Spice Packet
  • Chicken base

Cooking Directions:

Stovetop Directions:
1. Look through bean and rice mix for pebbles or other field debris. Soak bean & rice mix (optional, directions below).
2. Add 8 cups of water to the bean mixture. *Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans begin to soften about 45 minutes
3. Add both packets, cooked chicken, and tomato sauce. Simmer another 30 minutes or until beans are fully soft.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Crockpot Directions:
Add 8 C. water, the entire soup mix, and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 10 hours. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 6 hours. Add tomato right before serving. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat, and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy!


How to Soak Beans

Place bean mix in a saucepan. Add 8 C. water, then soak for 8 to 24 hours. Keep the water and return to the directions after the asterisk*, or discard the water and add fresh water.
When adding fresh water, reduce water by 1 1/2 C if you soaked the beans for 8 hours or 2 1/2 C. if you soaked the beans for 24 hours.


Cooking Variations:

Switch up the tomato: To give this soup a bit of a kick, you can switch out the tomato for a can of tomatoes with green chilies.
Add some corn: 10-15 minutes before the soup is done, add 1 can of creamed corn.
Low Sodium: You can discard the chicken packet and replace 2 cups of water with low sodium chicken broth or simply add less of the chicken packet to reduce the sodium.
Vegetarian: Leave out the yellow packet of chicken base, reduce water by two cups and add 15-oz. vegetable broth. If desired, add a meat substitute.

Bean Hints & Nutrition:
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans per week for the maximum health benefit. Beans are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.

Fun Fact: Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest; this may cause gas. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.

In 1868, William Wilson established the first claim and built a log cabin where Ellensburg now stands. In 1870, A.J. Splawn and Ben Burch moved a 14×18 hewn log house to a spot nearby to open a store known as “Robbers Roost.” The store was dependent on trading furs and horses with the Native Americans in exchange for supplies.

John A. Shoudy came to Kittitas Valley in 1871 as part of his families business plan to create an improved road connection between Seattle and Yakima County. He purchased the store and 160 acres of land. In 1873, John started the first postal service in Ellensburg. Then John and his wife Ellen platted the town and it was officially filed in April 1875. John named the town after his wife. During the years of 1878 and 1883 the town grew radically. A bank was established, the first newspaper was published July 12, 1883 “Kittitas Localizer” and Hook & Ladder Company #1 was organized.

The Northern Pacific railroad reached Ellensburg on March 31, 1886, which brought a greater boom to the area. In 1889 the first telephone was installed to connect downtown stores. In July a fire started in J.S. Anthony’s grocery store spreading over ten city blocks, with the loss of two hundred homes. The fire came at a time of prosperity and over speculation in the Valley. Local businessmen invested heavily in the reconstruction.

Landowners worked together in coordinating a design for the new buildings. Within ten days of the fire the citizens began work on 43 new downtown business blocks constructed of fireproof brick. The city was a pioneer among Washington cities building public infrastructure, developing a water and sewer system in 1889.

Ellensburg is located in the heart of Washington where I-82 and I-90 meet. It is the home to Central Washington University and has a great variety of outdoor activities. Ellensburg is nine miles from the home of Rills Specialty Foods.

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