Oh Baby, its cold outside—which means everyone is on the hunt for the best soup recipes. Winter’s cold weather gives us the perfect excuse to stay inside, cuddle by the fire and rely on comfort food for nourishment. If you have happy memories of Mom’s homemade hearty soup recipes, you’re not alone. Soup warms the soul as it feeds the body. Blended tastes and memories of childhood days make soup one of the world’s favorite meal basics.

We know our families need good nutrition to be their very best. As Napoleon said, An army travels on its stomach. Soup makes the soldier.” Soup gets kids to eat their vegetables. Soup lets you stretch Sunday’s chicken dinner into Tuesday’s pot of deliciousness. With a wealth of spices and flavorings, we’ve made soup into a Latino art form. With that in mind, get our favorite crusty bread ready and behold: our 7 best soup recipes with Latin flare

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1. Hearty Beef Vegetable
Traditionally soup bones are boiled to make the stock. You can take a short cut by using readymade beef stock from the grocer’s shelf. Add beef and your favorite veggies, season, let it cook for a while then adjust the seasonings again.

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2. Chipotle Chicken Barley
This is chicken soup with an added zest. Spicy Chipotle chili adds a distinctly Latino flair to traditional chicken soup. Like any soup, sitting overnight in the fridge will bring out the full flavors and make this soup even better the second day.


3. Paella Soup
Saffron rice, sausage and seafood come together reimagined as a hearty soup big enough to quench any appetite. It’s worth the extra effort to crush saffron threads for the added taste benefit. Saffron is expensive and can be stored in a cool dry airtight container for up to 6 months.


4. Sopa de Chicharas – Split Pea Soup
Thick and filling, this soup is a standard in many cultures. Squash is added to give it extra body and flavor. The ham bone is simmered in the stock to add flavor then the meat is removed from the bone and returned to the pot for additional cooking. Serve with warm biscuits for a meal that will warm you all night long.


5. Black Bean with Dumplings
This is one of the best soup recipes out there. Dumplings are small balls of dough dropped into bubbling soup. The dumplings in this recipe are made from corn and given Latino flair with the addition of onions and garlic. Dumplings cook quickly so they can be added at the very last minute prior to serving.


6. Chicken Tortilla Soup
If you’re looking for hearty soup recipes, seek no more. This recipe was made for the slow cooker and busy days. Add the ingredients to the slow cooker in the morning turn it on low and come home to a delicious soup the whole family will enjoy. Add tortilla strips and cheese or your favorite toppings so everyone gets their favorite.

7. White Bean Soup – Caldo Gallego
Traditions mean a lot in Spain and this soup is one of the best traditions we know. White beans, ham, greens and sausage come together in a soup so wonderful you’ll want to make it every day. Savory enough for an appetizer yet hearty enough for a main dish, Caldo gallego is sure to be a hit with your family.  Add warm crusty bread and tossed salad to round out the meal.