Monday, August 31, 2009
Nacho Soup - Meatless Monday
About 3:00pm on Tuesday afternoon I started thinking about what to have for dinner. Usually I start a lot earlier than this but I had a late lunch so I wasn't really hungry until 3. I'm very food driven so once I get started thinking about dinner it usually consumes a big portion of my brain functions.
My thought processing for dinner works sort of like this;
pasta? Nah, had that Sunday night.
rice? Nah, made vegetable risotto last night.
potatoes? Nah, don't feel like it.
Mexican sounds good but what? Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, nachos? None of those sounded any good. Mostly because they take some work. Work. Is a bad four letter word for me.
Well, nachos did sound good but I didn't really want nachos. Too much cheese (did any of you think I'd ever say that? Me either. I may need to see a doctor.)
What I wanted was soup. Then I thought, why not use all those things I'd put into fresh black bean and corn salsa (my all time favorite salsa) and nachos into soup. Tada! Dinner.
Dinner so good I was told by JR that I needed to make this again. SOON!
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 small can chopped green chilies
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
2 cups water
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup packed chopped cilantro
1/4 cup sour cream
grated cheddar cheese
chopped fresh tomato
diced avocado or guacamole
Frito corn chips or crushed tortilla chips
Cook onions, jalapeno, green pepper, green chilies in the olive oil until soft. Add garlic. Cook another couple of minutes. Start opening cans. Drain beans and corn. Add to vegetables. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, cumin and chili powder. Let simmer while you get the toppings together. Just before serving stir in sour cream and cilantro. Cook another couple of minutes. Top and serve. Makes about 4 to 6 servings.
FYI - don't cut up the jalapeno then rub your eye. I'm just saying it stings a bit.