Now that fall is just around the corner I am on the look out to find the best soups for sweater weather season in El Paso.

September 22, 2018 is officially the last day of summer and while it may not immediately cool down in El Paso right away, winter will hit us and it will be the perfect time to cozy up with a nice hot cup of soup.

A hearty bowl of soup is the perfect meal on a cold winter’s night and I am currently in search of the best soups in El Paso. I’m looking for fresh soups, not canned soups or restaurant soups that are also out of a can or frozen bag. I’m talking the real deal – where the ingredients are as fresh as can be and once they run out they won’t make another batch until the next day.

The following are the most desirable soups I’m looking for in El Paso:

Tomato Bisque Soup

A good tomato bisque should be velvety and smooth with just a tad of sweetness and pairs perfectly up with a grown up grilled cheese sandwich. Adding a dollop of sour cream is optional.

Lentil Soup

A robust cup of lentil soup can vary from soupy to a thicker base depending on how it’s made. The lentils can sometimes be whole or mushed up and the type of lentil used can also vary the color of the soup from yellow, brown, black to red. A cup of lentil soup is one of my favorite lunch picks in the fall.

Butternut Squash Soup

I had the best butternut squash soup in Portland, OR a few years back at a small bistro, since then I have been on a long search to find the same delicious soup outside of the Northwest. A good butternut squash soup must have the perfect balance of sweet and savory, too sweet and it takes like pumpkin pie so this one may be trickier to find but I have high hopes to find a good version of it in El Paso.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

A couple of years ago I would have told you that Carnitas Queretaro on Mesa St. by the University carried the best chicken tortilla soup on earth. It featured a slightly thick tomato base with chipotle along with all the fixings including shredded chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, shredded cheese and was flawlessly spicy (maybe too spicy for some) but it was perfect. Unfortunately the restaurant closed and moved further up Mesa St. and after ordering one of my favorite soups recently, I was sadly disappointed that the recipe had changed into a broth base that was too weak and bland for my taste buds.

Caldo De Res

This nutritious soup is a staple in every Mexican household but I unfortunately do not have time to replicate. Ideally, a good Caldo de Res should not be greasy at all and there should be a balance between the meat and the vegetables and let’s not forget to make sure that it includes corn with a side of corn tortillas with melted butter, yum.

After all this I am now more than ever in search of these most delicious soups for the fall in El Paso.