Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium/high heat, add the sausage and cook until browned on all sides. Add the onions, jalapeño and celery, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
Add the stewed tomatoes, cumin, oregano, bouillon, crushed red pepper, and water. Stir well to combine, when it comes to a boil, taste for salt, lower the heat, cover and cook for a good 2 hours.
This will reduce and thicken the soup, but if you would like it slightly thicker, you could make a quick slurry of cornstarch and water (¼ cup cornstarch mixed with ½ cup of water). Add to soup while it’s simmering. But, if you are like me and have masa harina in your pantry, I like to use that instead of cornstarch, it adds a great corn flavor to the soup! I don’t add my thickener until the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
I like to garnish the soup with jack cheese and green onions, serve with any crusty bread. You could make this soup mild by substituting the jalapeño for green bell pepper and eliminating the crushed red pepper.
Note: If you cannot find the Knorr tomato/chicken flavored bouillon, just add low-sodium chicken broth and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. This recipe makes about 12 cups of soup. Serves 6 as a meal with salad and bread or as an appetizer for a dinner party.