Monday, October 29, 2012

Grace for Dinner: Cowboy Soup


A few weeks ago I began a weekly series called "Grace for Dinner."  Each of these posts will include a recipe for a simple, delicious dinner food and a  prayer of blessing for you. My hope is to impart grace to you body and soul with these posts.




Today's recipe is a treat for us from one of my oldest blogging buddies, Amanda from Serenity Now.  Not that Amanda's old--she's a beautiful young mom--but she's been a blogging friend of mine for a long time now.  We first got acquainted with one another in 2009 and have been friends ever since.  I'm so grateful to know Amanda.  She's fun and funny and kind and thoughtful, and those attributes show forth brightly in the way she writes, the way she runs her blog, and the way she interacts with readers.  

Fall Pumpkin Patch Pictures, Serenity Now blog
Amanda's daughters at the pumpkin patch
Take it away, Amanda!

Hi, Imparting Grace readers! Today's recipe for Cowboy Soup is one of those throw-it-together meals that makes dinnertime easy. I love that you can add extra spices to give it some more kick, or leave it as-is for family members who don't like hot food.

My Aunt Linda gave me this recipe several years ago. I'm not sure why it's called "Cowboy Soup," (it's more of a stew) but since she lives in Texas and Texans know everything there is to know about cowboys (right?!), I decided to go with it.

I love the simplicity of this recipe!

Cowboy Soup

Ingredients:
-1 can red beans
-1 can pinto beans
-1 can ranch style beans
-1 can corn
-1 can hominy
-1 can stewed tomatoes
-1 can rotel tomatoes
-1 pkg. taco seasoning
-1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
-1 pound ground beef

(Note: Sometimes I have a hard time finding ranch style beans. I improvise with this soup and use whatever I think might taste good.)

Instructions:
Brown the ground beef. Drain and add all the ingredients to a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer until cooked through. (15 to 20 minutes)
Cowboy Soup (Stew) Recipe, from Serenity Now

I like to sprinkle some cheddar cheese on my soup after dishing it out. Served with a side of warm cornbread or biscuits, this is a great cold weather meal!

Thanks so much, Richella, for sharing your blog with me today. I hope Imparting Grace readers will come visit me at Serenity Now! You can also connect with me on FacebookPinterestTwitter, and Google+. I have some great stuff coming up for the holidays!

Thank you, Amanda!  This looks like the kind of hearty fare my guys would love!  And now, a blessing for the meal.

Dear Father in heaven, we are so grateful for hot food on a chilly day.  We ask that even as our food nourishes our bodies, You will nourish our hearts.  You know just what we need, and we thank You for providing for us in every way.  Thank You for allowing us to gather at this table, and thank You for always making us welcome at Your table.  Amen.

Blessings to you today!

8 comments:

Jan said...

I'm thinking it would be more "soup" like if the liquids from the cans were dumped in as well. Just a thought. Sounds yummy.

Paula@SweetPea said...

This looks so good! We love soup, especially this time of year.

Heather said...

Looks tasty! Thanks!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Thank you so much for letting me guest post today, Richella. :) I should have clarified that the recipe really is more of a stew, but the title has always had "soup" in it, so I left it that way. ;)

Hope you are having a wonderful day! We're gearing up for the hurricane!

NanaDiana said...

Great guest post and I love that soup recipe! xo Diana

Kayla said...

So, do "ranch style beans" say that on the label???

Kelli W said...

Yum! My sister makes something kind of like that and calls it Taco Soup. We eat it with tortilla chips and it is so yummy!

Paula@SweetPea said...

Kayla:
I found a can that says "ranch style beans" but if you can't find those, I think that Kroger's chili hot beans are the same thing.

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