I may be the only person on the face of the earth smiling about this, but according to Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is going to be ridiculously cold and wet – more so than usual. Since I LOVE cold weather and snow, and had rather be in a warm kitchen cooking than anywhere else, this is hunky-dory with me. I’ll just make sure to have my favorite recipes for Hot Chocolate, Homemade Soups, Chili, Beef Stew, Pies, Hot Apple Cider, etc. all lined up and ready to go.
Below is a recipe for Bean Soup that’s a personal favorite. It’ll warm you and your family up even on the coldest day. And, I believe we’re in for a lot of them. (Excuse me while I do a happy dance.)
SOUTHWESTERN BEAN SOUP
2 cans black beans
2 cans kidney beans
2 cans red beans
1 can white corn
2 cans tomatoes with chilies
2 cans crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
2 packages of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
1 pound ground beef, browned and crumbled (or an equivalent amount of Boca Crumbles)
Combine all ingredients in a large pan and simmer for 1 hour. (You could also use a Crock-Pot for this soup.) Serve with shredded cheddar cheese on top and soft warm tortillas.