Refried Bean Soup

I’m going to start posting some of my favorite recipes. 🙂 Just because if you are like me, then 1) you dislike eating the same thing all the time 2) like to add new recipes to your “stash” even if you don’t end up using them 3) like recipes that are FAST, CHEAP, and EASY to make! Yeah, that would be a big one.

I still work on making our meal choices as frugal as possible without being boring or bland. And when I find winner recipes it thrills my little heart, but I still search for “new” ones all the time. I get bored easily. 😉 Anyway, today’s dinner recipe, I’m not sure is a winner, but I think it will be. I’ve made a crock pot version of this before, but not this one. Still, it seems basically the same…. come to think of it, I may just toss it all in the crock pot and let it simmer this afternoon anyway. BUT if you don’t want to go the slow-cooker rout this can be done in a jif on the stove-top. 🙂 Yum! And as a bonus it fits in with our “meatless Monday” perfectly. 😉 Add some Jiffy Corn Muffins, which our lads LOVE, and you’ve got a meal!

Happy eating! Ha ha! You’ll have to tell me if you gave this a try and how you liked it!

Refried Bean Soup:

1 can spicy fat-free refried beans (I don’t have spicy so I’m using “vegetarian” instead, ha! And I’m going to give it a whirl with homemade refried beans sometime too)
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can chicken broth
1 can stewed tomatoes, cut up (I will simplify and used diced tomatoes, who wants to mess with cutting up canned tomatoes??)
1/2 cup water
1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies (yum!)
1/4 cup salsa
Tortilla chips

In a large saucepan (or crock-pot ha ha), combine the first eight ingredients. (BTW, that’s everything but the chips) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips (And cheese of course, I can’t believe they’d even PRINT this recipe without cheese!) 8 servings.

This was good! Not too spicy so the lads ate it up. I did add cheese AND sour cream. And the one thing I think I’ll change when I make it again is to not add the tomatoes. They just didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the soup. It was strange. 🙂

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