I usually fix it about once a month during the winter. Why not? This Tex-Mex-inspired, medley packs the perfect amount of heat. It's spicy enough for a jalapeno-addict like me but not too hot for those who don't need as much zing (Bob and our son Cole to be precise).
I got the idea for this winter delight from a recipe for Taco Soup with Black Beans in the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook (Good Books, 2000, $16.95). Black beans? Why hadn't I thought of that? They're said to be great for your health and your waistline. Packed with fiber and protein, they fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours.
Over the years, I've put my own spin on that recipe, amping up the flavor by adding Texas favorites like Rotel tomatoes with green chiles and Ranch Style pinto beans. But this family-pleasin' soup is still super easy to prepare. Once you've chopped an onion and browned it with some ground beef, you just toss the mixture in the crockpot with canned vegetables (tomatoes, corn and beans) and seasonings. Then you're free to run errands, wrap presents or do as you please for four to six hours while it simmers. Don't you just love multi-tasking?
Later, you can have dinner on the table in minutes. Just spoon this scrumptious, one-dish meal into individual serving bowls and offer tortilla chips, shredded cheese and sour cream as toppings. It's that simple.
Brown ground beef. Add onion and simmer until soft.
Pour mixture into crockpot and add all the remaining soup ingredients.
Cover and cook on Low 4 to 6 hours.
Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream as toppings.
Complete the meal with a trouble-free dessert such as:
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