Pinto Bean Soup

Pinto bean soup2


1 lb dried pinto beans
cold water
2 T olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock, low sodium
2 t Mexican oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 t ground black pepper
6 slices thick meaty bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes, diced
1 (4 oz) can mild or hot green chiles, chopped
1/4 t cayenne – or more to taste
1 T cilantro
Sea salt to taste

Garnishes: Mexican melting cheese or fresh crumbling cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onions, pico de gallo, serranos, jalapenos Read More

Spicy Chili Mac



1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 sweet red bell pepper, chopped
2 jalapenos, deseeded and minced
1 1/2 lb ground chuck
3 t garlic powder
1/2 t fresh cracked black pepper
2 1/2 T chili powder
2 t cumin
1/4 t cayenne powder
Pinch of good sea salt
1 (16 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 (10 oz) cans chopped tomatoes with hot chile or peppers – Rotel or Hatch work well.
2 cups elbow macaroni
Water – measure by filling the three empty tomato cans so you get all the tomato goodness within
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, divided use

Optional: shredded cheddar, chopped onions, slices of jalapeno, Tabasco sauce, etc Read More