Crock Pot Beef & Vegetable Soup

Hi All!  Today I made a family recipe for beef and vegetable soup.  It turned out great and was perfect for a cold, rainy day.

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Ingredients
– 2 pounds of bottom round cut beef.  Top round and English roast also work.
– 12 oz. can of tomato sauce
– Small bag of frozen mixed vegetables (mine had peas, corn, carrots, and green beans)
– 3/4 cup of frozen lima beans (optional)
– 4 to 5 stalks of celery, cut in to small slices
– 3 to 4 red potatoes, cut in to chunks
– 1 beef bouillon cube
– 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
– 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
– 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
– 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
– water

Directions
– The night before, rinse the beef and put in crock pot.  Pour cold water in to crock pot over the beef until it is just covered.  Cook on low overnight.
– In the morning, remove the beef from the crock pot.  Using two forks, shred the beef.  Discard any fat.
– Keep the water that’s left over in the crock pot because this is the start of your broth.  Add the beef bouillon cube, tomato sauce, and the spices/seasoning to the crock pot. Stir.
– Add the beef and vegetables to the crock pot and stir until ingredients are mixed.  Cook on low all day (8-10 hours) or on high 4-6 hours.

I served the soup with yummy cinnamon muffins straight from the oven.

Enjoy!

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Nacho Chili

Nacho Chili – a yummy and super easy twist on traditional chili!
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Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can of chili beans
  • 1.5 19oz cans of Progresso Vegetable Classics “hearty tomato” soup (more or less, depending on how thick you like your chili)
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 white onion, chopped

Directions
Add onion and beef to a large pot.  Cook the beef on medium heat for 5-8 minutes, or until cooked through.  Drain and return the beef and onion to the pot.

Add black beans, the entire can of chili, tomato soup, and corn.  Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for at least 10 minutes (the longer, the better if you are not in a hurry)

Top with cheese, sour cream, green onions, salsa, or whatever other topping you’d like.  Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

Enjoy!

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Yum!  This recipe was inspired by one from Betty Crocker.