Here’s a simple, delicious, and affordable way to take a break from holiday overindulgence…with Fideo.

This is definitely easy on the budget; leaving more coins in the pocketbook for checking items off of Santa’s list perhaps.

Either way…this classic comfort food is filling and fabulously delish.

This Fideo recipe comes from Diana Barrios-Treviño of Los Barrios and La Hacienda de los Barrios Restaurants in San Antonio, Texas. Diana says, “I’m glad to say that I keep the tradition going in my family, and hope it brings back memories of Sunday dinner at Abuelita’s.


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 5-ounce box vermicelli
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
2 to 3 tomatoes, halved and pureed in a blender
1 15-ounce can chicken broth
Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in deep saucepan over low heat. Break vermicelli and add to saucepan, stirring constantly until toasted and golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Don’t let noodles burn.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Drain excess oil from pan.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth and 1 cup water to vermicelli mixture and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with salt and serve hot.

This recipe was originally published in Los Barrios Family Cookbook (Random).