Taco Soup

My mother gave me this recipe that a friend of hers had shared. I changed their recipe a little because I think the ranch dressing mix that they added made it too salty. Also, they said to drain all of the canned beans & vegetables, then add water – this seemed ridiculous to me, so I don’t do it.

Servings: 4-6

1 lb ground beef, cooked
15 oz can corn, undrained
2 – 15 oz cans pinto beans, undrained
15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
4 oz green chiles, chopped
1 pkg taco seasoning
Cheddar or Jack cheese, grated
sour cream or plain yogurt

  1. Dump all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until heated through.
  3. Serve topped with grated cheese and sour cream or yogurt.
  • I keep containers of precooked ground beef in my freezer. I use it still frozen – it will be ready by the time everything is heats.  If you don’t have this, you can cook the meat in the saucepan before adding everything else.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces. You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.

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Mary’s G-o-o-o-d Stuff

I got this recipe from a recipe exchange that I belonged to in the late 2000s, but unfortunately I did not make a note of who submitted the recipe. If you know where this recipe came from, please let me know.

Servings: 6

2 Tbsp water
1 lb Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
15 oz can diced tomatoes
4 oz green chile, chopped
2 cups water
8 oz uncooked short pasta (shells, rotini, farfalle, penne, etc.)
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried thyme
½ tsp nutmeg
1 cup sour cream

  1. Heat 2 Tbsp water in a large skillet or Dutch oven.
  2. Add sausage, cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove cover and let water evaporate, browning sausage lightly. Drain off fat.
  3. Add onion & garlic and cook 5 minutes longer.
  4. Add tomatoes, chiles and water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Add pasta and spices. Return to a boil, turn heat to low.
  6. Cover and cook until pasta is al dente. Mixture should be loose, but not too soupy.
  7. Turn off heat and stir in sour cream.
  • I use bulk Italian sausage. If you use links you will need to remove the casings.
  • I prefer “petite diced” tomatoes which are cut into appx ½” pieces. You could also use fresh or frozen tomatoes.
  • You can substitute 2 – 10 oz cans diced tomatoes with chiles (e.g., Ro-Tel) for the canned tomatoes and the chiles.
  • You can substitute plain yogurt for the sour cream.

Green Chile Sauce with Meat

This recipe is from my mother’s friend Charlene Herman. The original recipe does not have amounts for many of the ingredients, so I am updating it to include them.

Servings: 6

1 lb hamburger
1 cup onion
4 Tbsp bacon fat or olive oil
4 Tbsp flour
1 cup hot water
1 beef bouillon cube
1 cup green chile, roasted, peeled & chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt, to taste

  1. Brown hamburger & remove from pan. Drain off fat.
  2. Add bacon fat or olive oil to pan. Add onion & cook until softened.
  3. Add garlic & cook just until fragrant.
  4. Add flour and stir until slightly browned.
  5. Add hot water, stirring constantly until well mixed.
  6. Add bouillon cube & cook until dissolved.
  7. Add chile. Salt to taste & simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Serve over pinto beans.
  • My mother always had a jar of bacon fat by the stove – she saved it every time she cooked bacon for breakfast. I don’t have this available (and probably wouldn’t use this much even if I did) so I use olive oil instead. If you want the bacon flavor, I would recommend chopping & cooking a couple slices of bacon and including the bacon as well as its fat in the recipe. Add enough olive oil to make a total of 4 Tbsp so that your sauce will be the right consistency.

Green Chile Sauce

This is a recipe that my mother had as long as I can remember, but I don’t know where she got it. It is very similar to the Basic Green Chile Sauce on the Focus New Mexico site. The original recipe was cooked in melted shortening, but I use olive oil for everything now, so I’m going to update the recipe.

Servings:

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup chopped green chile (roasted, peeled & seeded)
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes (fresh or 15 oz can)
salt to taste

  1. Heat oil and saute the onion a few minutes, until softened.
  2. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the flour, cook two minutes.
  4. Slowly add the stock, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the chile & tomatoes. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water or stock if sauce gets too thick.

John’s Prize-Winning Green Chile Stew

John Cannon, one of my mother’s best friends, developed this recipe. He is a very inventive cook and always makes the most delicious food.

2 lb pork roast
6 cloves garlic
2 lbs potatoes, diced
1 lb onion, diced
2 16-oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
16 oz jar green chile, undrained
5 Tbsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp ground coriander
water or chicken broth

  1. Make six slits in pork roast and stuff with garlic cloves. Bake at 350 degrees until roast can be shredded. Combine shredded pork and remaining ingredients in a large stockpot, cover with water or chicken broth and cook until vegetables are done, approximately 30 minutes. Top with grated cheese and serve with warm flour tortilla.

Sweet & Sour Green Chile

John Cannon, one of my mother’s best friends, developed this recipe. He is a very inventive cook and always makes the most delicious food.

8 oz green chile, cut in 1″ chunks
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp dill
1 tsp minced garlic

  1. Mix sugar, vinegar, dill and garlic.
  2. Pour over chiles.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Serve with cream cheese & Ritz crackers.
  • Also delicious on chicken, pork, and hamburgers.

Chile Con Queso

John Cannon, one of my mother’s best friends, developed this recipe. He is a very inventive cook and always makes the most delicious food.

6 large onions, chopped
2 Tbsp oil
2 lb Velveeta, cubed
16 oz can diced tomatoes, drained (reserve juice)
4 – 8 oz diced green chile

  1. Saute onions in oil until soft.
  2. Stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, chile and enough of the tomato juice to make a dippable cheese sauce.
  • You can also make a quick version of this by melting Velveeta in the microwave with enough good salsa to thin it out.

Chile Cheese Squares

recipe from Sara Garretson – a friend of my mother’s in New Mexico

2-3 roasted green chiles, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
6 large eggs, beaten

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spread green chiles in a greased 9″ square pan.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Pour eggs over chiles & cheese.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until set and slightly browned.
  6. Cut into small squares.
  • I even like these cold the next day.
  • You can also cook this as a frittata in a skillet.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 small onion, chopped (~ 1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 oz green chile, chopped
2 Tbsp oil
15 oz can diced tomatoes
10 oz can chicken, undrained
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup beef broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder (not ground chile)
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4 corn tortillas
1 cup grated cheddar or jack cheese

  1. Saute onion & garlic in oil until soft.
  2. Add chicken, chile, tomatoes, broths, spices & Worcestershire. Simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Cut tortillas in quarters, then into 1/2″ strips.  Add 3/4 of strips to soup & simmer 10 minutes. Fry remaining strips until crisp.
  4. Serve topped with crisp tortilla strips & cheese.
  5. Makes 4 servings.
  • I use “Petite Diced” tomatoes that are about 1/2″ cubes – the regular canned “diced” tomatoes are what I would call coarsely chopped – about 3/4″ cubes.
  • You can substitute leftover chicken, shredded.
  • If you don’t have beef broth, you can substitute chicken broth, but the flavor will not be as rich.

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Lyn Ortega, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1980)

Lyn was a friend of my mother’s – a fun person and a wonderful cook.

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup green chile, roasted, peeled and chopped
5 tomatoes, diced
1 med onion, chopped
1# chicken breast, cooked & shredded
1 pint sour cream
1/2 lb grated cheddar or cheddar/jack blend
12 corn tortillas or 8 flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Combine garlic, chile, tomatoes & onion in a saucepan. Cook until onions are tender & sauce is thickened.
  2. Combine chicken, cheese & sour cream. Fill tortillas with mixture & roll up. Top with sauce & sprinkle with more cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 until browned & bubbly, about 30 minutes (45 min if refrigerated before cooking).
  4. Serve with sour cream.
  • You can substitute 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained.
  • I use nonfat sour cream or plain yogurt.