Soup! That's kind of like chili! But not really!
We're having sweater-wearing weather toady, and I'm really tempted to turn on the heater, but the hallway says it's 68 so I should toughen up and put on some slippers. And heat up some leftovers, because this soupy chili really hits the spot and it's so easy to make your kids could do it themselves.
or your husband.
1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained (or turkey)
2 (10.5-ounce) cans tomatoes and chiles (Rotel; I really should buy some stock)
1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1/2 cup dried beans soaked overnight)
4 cups chicken broth
shredded cheddar cheese (to add later, optional)
Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Brown meat in a skillet on the stovetop, and drain. Put into your cooker. Add the whole cans of tomatoes and chiles and corn. Drain and rinse off the beans and add. Pour in the chicken broth.
That's it! Really!
Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the flavors have melded. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and buttered bread (we found a great new bakery close by that has gluten free baguettes. SCORE!)
The kids, Adam, and I all liked this soup a lot. It made more than I expected---the six servings are definitely for grown-ups. The Rotel has enough flavor on it's own that you don't need to add chili powder or other seasoning for flavor, and the corn and beans have enough of a salty flavor that salt isn't needed at the table. We all liked the addition of shredded cheddar cheese. You can stretch the leftovers for burrito or taco filling the next night--the liquid absorbs quite a bit into the beans and meat overnight.
other stuff you might like:
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