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You can customize Mexican Gumbo by adding your favorite garnishes to a flavorful chicken tortilla soup. Photo by Sue Doeden

Dish-it-yourself Mexican Gumbo is a fun, healthful meal

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The kitchen counter exploded with color. Bowls of all sizes filled with green slices of spicy hot jalapenos, black beans, bright yellow-orange shreds of cheese, grass green cilantro, homemade salsa mixed of red, green and white and sour cream the color of coconut ice cream. Chunks of grilled chicken and blackened shrimp filled out the array of ingredients. A pot of steaming tortilla soup was situated beside a casserole of cooked brown rice.


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