Gentle Nerdship, I must confess something… Once upon a time, I was a bachelor. I cooked a lot of stuff out of boxes and cans. EVEN BIGGER confession: there are some things I still make like that… and I enjoy them! *collective gasp*
Bachelor chow doesn’t have to be bland and unimaginative. Step away from the ramen and mini taquitos! Step into my kitchen, young padawan.
First, open all your cans. Rinse your beans. Dice your veggies.
Throw everything but the cilantro and lime (and optional chicken) into your crock pot. I timed myself, and it took me about 10 minutes to do all that. Put it on to cook for about 4-5 hours on high, or 8 on low. Add the cilantro and lime (and optional chicken) about 15 minutes before serving.
Ladle into bowls.
Crumble up a handful of chips (this is what makes it “tortilla” soup, so no skipping the chips) and plop on some guacamole and sour cream, top with shredded cheese, and go to town.
- ~3 cups of broth (chicken or veggie)
- 1 cup of frozen corn
- 1 can of black beans, rinsed
- 1 small can of Ro-tel
- 2 large fresh tomatoes, diced OR 1 can diced tomatoes
- OPTIONAL 1-2 jalapenos, minced (***WEAR GLOVES TO CUT JALAPENOS unless you want your hands, face and other sensitive areas to burn!!!***)
- 1 bell pepper, any color, diced
- 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- salt, pepper, and cumin to taste
- about 1½ tablespoons of fresh cilantro, snipped into little pieces
- the juice of 1 lime
- OPTIONAL 2 cups cooked chicken (Here's my fave bachelor move on this: I buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and pull the meat off it! Pre-seasoned, tasty, win.)
- Things to add:
- tortilla chips
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- Put all ingredients but cilantro, lime and chicken in the crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours or 4-5 on high.
- Add cilantro, lime and chicken 15 minutes before serving.
- Ladle into bowls.
- Crumble up a handful of chips (this is what makes it “tortilla” soup, so no skipping the chips) and plop on some guacamole and sour cream, top with shredded cheese, and go to town.