Chochoyones in Black Bean Soup

Photo: Karry Hosford

Chochoyones are popular throughout the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Indentations help the dumplings cook evenly.

Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 2 chochoyones)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 412
  • Calories from fat: 19%
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 20.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 65.6g
  • Fiber: 18.4g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg
  • Iron: 6.2mg
  • Sodium: 1018mg
  • Calcium: 164mg

Ingredients

  • Soup:
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Dumplings:
  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Preparation

  1. To prepare soup, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add aniseed, cumin, and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, 3 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 45 minutes. Place half of bean mixture in blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining bean mixture. Return pureed mixture to pan.
  2. To prepare dumplings, lightly spoon masa into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine masa, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water and cilantro. Divide dough into 10 portions, shaping each into a ball (dust hands with masa to prevent sticking). Make a small indention in each dumpling. Bring bean mixture to a boil. Add dumplings. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar.
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