January is National Slow Cooking Month and National Soup Month, so we had to find a recipe that uses both and who better to show us than the Minnesota Beef Council. Beef enchilada soup is a perfect use for your leftovers and comes together fast. Ashley Kramer from the beef council shares with us today some recipes.
Recipe #1 Beef Enchilada Soup
- 2 pounds Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 can (19 ounces) mild enchilada sauce
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can (15 ounces) sweet corn, drained
- 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
- 2 packets (1 ounce each) taco seasoning mix
- Flour tortilla strips, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, sour cream, taco seasoning (optional)
- Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 12 to 15 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
- Transfer beef into 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker; add all other ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours or LOW 4 hours until flavors are blended. Garnish soup with tortillas, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and taco seasoning, as desired.
- January is National Soup Month AND National Slow Cooking Month. This recipe is a great way to celebrate both!
- This recipe is perfect to use for leftovers.
- Can add flour tortilla strips, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, sour cream, or shredded cheese on top.
Recipe #2 Big Game Fritos Pie
- 2 pounds Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1-1/2 cups beer (12 ounce can)
- 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal or masa harina
- 8 bags (1 to 2 ounces each) FRITOS® Corn Chips
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- Preheat large Dutch oven over high heat until hot. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and Ground Beef. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into small crumbles and stir occasionally. Work in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan and stewing the beef in its own juices. Remove beef; set aside.
- Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over high heat. Add onion; cook until evenly browned. Add cooked ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic and cayenne powder. Season with salt, as desired. Stir until combined.
- Stir in beer, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, cook 1 hour until chili thickens. Stir in cornmeal. If chili becomes too thick, add a little water. If chili is not thick enough, simmer until desired consistency is reached.
- Slice or fold open bags; spoon beef chili on top FRITOS® Corn Chips. Top each bag with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Allow to melt slightly, then serve and enjoy.
- Since the Super Bowl is right around the corner, this would make a great game-day appetizer.
- Using any type of beer will work for this recipe!
- Keep Fritos and beef separate until serving to ensure Fritos stay crisp.
- Similar to taco-in-a-bag, you can top it off with raw ingredients such as onions, peppers, lettuce, or sour cream.
Recipe #3 Classic Beef Meatloaf
- 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup ketchup, divided
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine Ground Beef, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup ketchup, onion, egg, Worcestershire, garlic, thyme, pepper, and salt in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape beef into 8 x 4-inch loaf on rack in aluminum foil-lined broiler pan.
- Place on upper oven rack in 350°F oven. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 160°F; brush with remaining 1/4 cup ketchup during last 10 minutes, if desired. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut into slices.
- Fat = flavor. You can choose a leaner percentage of ground beef like 93%, but percentages like 85% will have more flavor.
- Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.