Saturday, January 31, 2009

Crock pot Burritos

2-3 chicken breasts
1 can beans, (black, pinto, kidney, whatever), drained
1 can corn, drained
1 jar salsa (any heat)

Dump everything into a crockpot. Heat on low 6 hours or 4 hours on high. Pull the chicken out and shred it, then mix it back into the beans, corn and salsa. Put some in a tortilla, add some cheese, sour cream, guac, etc and wrap it up. We've even had it over rice.

Serves 4

Friday, January 30, 2009

Chunky Potato Soup

My kids loved this and Taylor is always asking when we can have soup for dinner.

3 medium red potatoes
2 cups water
1 small onion
3 tbs butter
Crushed red pepper flakes
Ground black pepper
3 cups milk
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed cooked ham (I bought already cooked and chopped ham from the deli section)

Prep time: 35 min
Cooking time: 30 min.

Peel Potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Bring water to a boil in large saucepan.
Add potatoes and cook until tender.
Drain, reserving liquid.
Set aside potatoes.
Measure 1 cup cooking liquid, adding water if necessary. Set aside.
Peel and finely chop onion.
Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion to saucepan; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown.
Add flour to saucepan; season with pepper flakes and black pepper to taste.
Cook 3-4 min.
Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk and sugar to onion mixture in saucepan.
Add cheese and ham.
Simmer over low heat 30 min stirring frequently.
Store leftovers, covered in refrigerator.


1 lb ground beef, browned w/ 1 diced onion
4 cans beans, undrained (black, pinto, kidney or any combination)
1 can diced tomatoes (plain or with green chiles)
1 can tomato sauce
1 pkg taco seasoning mix

Add all ingredients to a large pot, bring to a boil and then simmer until you are ready to eat (at least 15 minutes) or just throw it into a crock pot. Top with cheese.

The original recipe I have calls for a pkg of Ranch dressing mix, but that just didn't make sense in my head, so I didn't try it. If you do, let me know how it tastes.