Tortilla Soup Oatmeal

So, Cinco de Mayo is coming up in another not-quite-cinco days, and I thought I’d do some Mexican-themed oatmeal by using tortilla soup as the base. OK, so it’s not really tortilla soup. It’s Swanson’s 100% Natural Mexican Tortilla Flavor Infused Broth, enough modifiers to make sure that broth is the least of your concerns. Contents are broth (looks like chicken, might be 100% natural petrochemicals for all I know), infused with the robust flavors of Monterey Jack (robust?) cheese, lime, cayenne, cumin, corn, jalapeno, and paprika. Plus 1/3 of your daily sodium, all in one convenient one cup serving.

MJ got a couple of boxes it to try it, but I’m thinking it’s one of those things you could easily do on your own. Not in a render down one chicken sort of way (I buy boxed broths so I don’t have to do that), but in a take a box of plain old chicken broth and add stuff approach. I guess the broth cartel is trying to extend the brand or something, but this is the same mindset that gave us Thai Coconut Curry Culinary Broth, which is high on my list of Oatie-No’s. I note that in an effort to differentiate their product Swanson’s have avoided a simple tear-off seal, and instead use some complex plastic pill-cutter device that you apparently shove all the way into the box to break the seal and open a suitably wide spout. That’s a modification that nobody but the marketing department asked for, and is probably the un-greenest thing you could do, short of making it out of chlorofluorocarbons.

I’d rather see a greater availability of turkey broth or seafood broth, or even pork broth, and why does no-one ever make buffalo broth?

Setup: 1/3 cup of stone ground rolled oats, two dinner teaspoons of potato flakes, one cup of SNMTFI broth, no salt.  Cook for 10 minutes or so, depending on the exact style of oats.  Add the potato when you take it off the stove..

Results: An acquired taste. A little hot, but not too much, assuming you like spicy breakfasts. One of the flavors is dominant (no, it’s not the Monterey Jack), possibly the cumin. Adding a grab handful of real shredded Monterey Jack helped immensely. Some further experimenting showed that a mix of 23 or 30% SNMTFI broth with either chicken or beef broth (using it as a flavorant rather than as a main taste) worked better and produced a more subtle effect.

Rating: *****

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