Friday, October 5, 2012
My Taco Soup and home fried tortilla strips - Meatless and delicious
1 14 or 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 4 oz. can of diced green chilis
2 cups of chicken stock
1 1/2 to 2 cups of dried beans (your choice - I used pinto beans)
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 cup of taco seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Soak beans overnight or quick soak them. Or you can use canned, I won't tell anyone.
Option 1: Cook beans on stove until tender - about 2 hours. Put the can of diced tomatoes and chilis in a different bowl or pan. *I use an immersion blender to blend these so they are smooth because I don't like chunks of tomatoes and I am the cook so I can do that. Pour tomatoes and chilis plus rest of ingredients along with about 1 to 2 cups of bean cooking liquid. Cook on medium low about 20 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
Option 2: Put the can of diced tomatoes and chilis in slow cooker. *I use an immersion blender to blend these so they are smooth because I don't like chunks of tomatoes and I am the cook so I can do that. Put beans and rest of ingredients along with 1 to 2 cups of water into slow cooker. Cook on high 4 to 6 hours or on low 10 hours. Beans need a lot of time to cook to become tender so you could cook them on the stove until almost tender to make sure they are done.
**My cousin gave me this idea to serve with taco soup. Heat up a skillet half full of oil (I use olive oil even though it some people say not to because it will burn - it doesn't burn for me). When the oil is nice and hot, cut up strips or triangles of tortillas (you can use corn, whole wheat or flour). Cook in oil on medium a few minutes until lightly browned. I just turn them over with a fork and then take them out and let them drain on a paper towel lined plate. Salt them. Serve warm with soup.
You can sprinkle cheese on the soup and add sour cream or black olives - whatever floats your boat.
This soup is very hardy even though it does not have meat in it. You can put meat in it if you so desire but I like to save money so we didn't.