“Weather forecast for tonight. Dark.”
Here in the midwest we’ve just gone through a period of unseasonably warm weather. Mid February and this showed up in my back yard. We’ve obviously sent our snow to the east coast and the rain to the west.
However, the prediction for tonight, besides dark, is seasonably cold and back to the usual. Wonderful weather for some nice warm soup made in the slow cooker, because it’s also wonderful weather for a nap. How about some Mexican Beef and Bean soup. I knew you’d say that!
1 lb ground round
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bell pepper, red or green, diced
1 quart beef broth
1 t beef bouillon concentrate
14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
15 ounce can black beans, drained
2 t ground coriander
1 t ground cumin
4 T chopped cilantro or parsley
6 t sour cream
Brown and drain the ground round. Place the browned beef in the slow cooker with everything except the cilantro and/or parsley and sour cream.
Cook on low for 7 or 8 hours.
Serve it topped with something green and sour cream.
One of the reasons I like this recipe is because it can pretty much take care of itself, which leaves me free to get on with the rest of my exciting life, or nap.
I also like it because it contains coriander, and ever since I purchase a jar of this for some recipe from my vague past I’ve been wondering what to do with the rest of the coriander.
And now I must full disclose. I used a green pepper, generally not my first choice, but perfect for this soup. Couldn’t find diced tomatoes with green chiles so purchased them separately and the world continued to spin on its axis.
Didn’t have beef bouillon so I used chicken. Earth still spinning! Didn’t have sour cream so I used Greek yogurt. Are you getting the picture. Recipes are a lay of the land but not necessarily an exact map. My life is much easier if I look at recipes as lovely suggestions. All sorts of wonderful flavor combinations are discovered that way. The only problem occurs when someone says, “That was really good. You should make that again.” I’ll give it my best shot!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.