Big Red Soup
It’s Fall…or at least it was Saturday!
I must confess, although I enjoy being a “Texan”, I MISS the Fall, very much! Lately, it seems as if everyone out there has been posting comments about how much they are enjoying their “cool” weather, sharing their favorite Fall activities or baking up something yummy that is Fall related. Me? I sit in my wonderfully air conditioned house, being extremely thankful that the temperature has “dropped” into the 90’s, and plan menus that include ice cream and grilling out, while enjoying all your wonderful Fall photos and stories.
Then it finally happened……FALL…or at least the “Texas” version of it.
First, it started off with Rain. For a whole entire day…rain. Not a thunderstorm, just gloriously cooling RAIN! My oldest daughter and I had errands to run, including the grocery store. We got wet…but it was fine. My middle daughter and son went for a walk, in the rain. That’s how we “Texans” celebrate rain without a thunderstorm.
In the evening it stopped raining and the temperature got into the 60’s so we slept with the windows open! I love open windows!
Saturday it was only in the 80’s and we didn’t need to turn on the air conditioner ALL day…at least downstairs.
Then, we had our first “Fall” face-painting gig. My oldest daughter is the painter and I do glitter stencils. It was an outside event and by the time we were packing up around 9:00 pm we were feeling a little “chilly” in our sleeveless shirts and capris. (The car said it was 69 degrees)
To top it all off, while sleeping with the windows open for a second night…I had to pull up the comforter because I was cold!
All this “cool” weather, along with the purchase of apples at the grocery store, made me want to bake some Fall recipe and blog it. For breakfast Sunday morning, I decided to try a new apple muffin recipe I found in one of my cookbooks. Well, it needs a little “tweaking”.
Fortunately, we also enjoyed another “Fall Favorite” this weekend…soup. We haven’t had soup in months. I just can’t bring myself to make soup when it’s hot. The soup we had is called “Big Red Soup” (adapted from The Ultimate Soup Cookbook). I served it with chicken quesadillas and tortilla chips.
Here’s the Recipe:
(printable recipe card below)
Ingredients listed at the bottom of the post.
Saute onions in oil over medium heat until translucent
Add meat and brown
Add tomatoes, broth, water and spices
Cook in crock pot on low for 10 hours, on high for 4-5 or simmer on stove about 2 hours
Tex-Mex version of Soup and Sandwich
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 3/4 cup chopped onions
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 cans (14 1/2 oz ea) tomatoes
- 1 can (10 1/2 oz) beef broth
- 1 can (10 1/2 oz) chicken broth
- 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup water
- Fried tortilla strips
- Grated cheese
- In large skillet or dutch oven saute onions until translucent
- Add beef and brown
- Transfer to crock pot and add remaining ingredients
- Cook on low for about 10 hours, on high about 4-5 hours or simmer (with lid) on stove in stock pot or Dutch oven about 2 hours
- I like to serve with quesadillas and tortilla chips