Bam! My life has changed again! From being the caregiver of my son as he recovered from a liver transplant, to being on the support crew for my buddies. And what better way to show them my love but to cook for them? What's on the menu? BEEF, of course!
Beef Enchilada Soup recipe. But here is a new twist...as I searched Pinterest for new recipes, I happened on a bunch of "freezer to crockpot" recipes that you store in a ziploc bag and dump it into a crockpot when you want to eat it. My soup is perfect for this and I was able to divide the soup into two bags and make it a more manageable amount, as well!
1 large can of tomatoes (crushed, diced or sauce--whichever you prefer)
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can sweet corn
1 small can green chilis
1 can enchilada sauce (we prefer mild, but any can be used)
1 carton beef broth
2 envelopes taco seasoning (or if you buy it in bulk, it is 2/3 cup.)
Now, if you are eating the soup the same day, you just dump the ground beef and all the other ingredients into a crockpot. But I made it to eat later, so I used two gallon-sized freezer bags, printed out a recipe to tape onto the outside of the bag and then I put half of the ingredients in each bag. The recipe on each bag lists the ingredients (although not necessarily how much of each) and how to prepare the contents to eat. I suggest the day before you intend to cook the soup, take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator. The day you plan to serve it, simply dump it into a crockpot, turn it to low and walk away! You can cook it on low for 6-8 hours, or if you are in more of a hurry, you can turn it to high for 3-4 hours.
The only thing left to do is to call up your friend and deliver this bag of yumminess to her freezer! And...I kept one for myself. The hubby and I will very soon be empty-nesters and I have plans to cook LESS FOOD and learn to cut the carbs for us. Without teenagers/young adults and their high metabolism hanging around, I find that I move slower and eat less. But, this is one of the healthiest and easiest comfort foods around. So spread the love--share some soup--and make a friend's day.
Want more? Check out my Pinterest board for Recipes to try! My favorite freezer-to-crockpot recipes are easy to find there.