Damn Good Taco Soup

Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Damn Good Taco Soup
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This comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Several shortcuts to use for cost savings as well as preparing dried beans. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium sized pot, drain the fat, then add the water and the taco seasoning and mix together.
  2. Drain and rinse the canned beans and if using those, add beans to the pot, plus the corn, tomatoes, chilies, ranch dressing and stir everything together.
  3. Adjust the soup to your desired consistency with tomato juice. Simmer until hot and everything is heated through.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Collins.
United States.

Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Sausage & Bean Casserole
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious! I was hooked when sausage was mentioned. This a flexible recipe, if you don't have Spanish Chorizo, go with more pork sausage, don't have a yellow bell pepper but you have a green one, go with that, see, easy as that. On my to cook list. You can make the baked beans yourself but will another day to the process. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. In a large oven proof pot, heat the olive oil, when hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then the celery and bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Then add the sausages and cook for 5 minutes then stir in the garlic, paprika, cumin, and thyme.
  3. Add the wine, about a quarter bottle, tomatoes and beans. Stir, then cover and place in the oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I buy sausage again. I will base the price on pork sausage only and not chorizo. I will say fair value for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided by Mick at Mick's Feckin Cook Book and the link to this recipe is here.
Scotland.

Hot Dog ‘n’ Bean Casserole

Hot Dog ‘n’ Bean Casserole
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Sounds great. Key thing is quality hot dogs. There is good Thai brands, imports are available in larger cities as well. To keep the costs down, go with a good Thai brand. Only five ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Hot Dog ‘n’ Bean Casserole
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Sounds great. Key thing is quality hot dogs. There is good Thai brands, imports are available in larger cities as well. To keep the costs down, go with a good Thai brand. Only five ingredients. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190 C. Grease Coat an 8 inch square baking dish lightly with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheese, mix well then pour into the baking dish.
  3. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil, sprinkle the cheese on and bake 10 more minutes or until the cheese melted and just starting to brown.
  4. Serve with your favorite hotdog condiments, such as diced onion, dill relish, or even yellow mustard.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I purchase the good quality hotdogs. I will estimate this is low cost for now.

Shortcut: Baked Beans.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Lebanese Beef & Green Beans

Lebanese Beef & Green Beans
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Sounds great, green beans here would be long beans, perfect. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Lebanese Beef & Green Beans
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Sounds great, green beans here would be long beans, perfect. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-60 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the butter and the oil. Add the onions and cook slowly until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the ground beef and crumble as it cooks. Stir in tomato sauce, Worcestershire, red wine, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  2. Cover with lid and simmer for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour. About ten minutes before serving, add the green beans, stir and cover with lid once more. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht/500 grams of beef. For 6 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Classic Seasoned Black Beans

Classic Seasoned Black Beans
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Sounds like an excellent side dish, I'll have to make these.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Classic Seasoned Black Beans
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Sounds like an excellent side dish, I'll have to make these.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
1-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place black beans in a large bowl and cover with at least two inches of water. Refrigerate and let soak overnight. Or, for a quick soak, add the beans to a large pot cover with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil, boil hard for 5 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and let soak for an hour.
  2. Drain and rinse the soaked beans. Return them to the pot. Add in all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the beans are tender. This will depend a lot on the age of your beans. Fresher beans will be ready in 45-60 minutes, older beans might take 2-3 hours. Start tasting around the 45 minute mark.
  4. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary, then remove beans using slotted spoon. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Wendy’s Chili

Wendy's Chili
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Chili always a great meal and this sounds very good. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. The beans can be cooked from dry beans the day before, or you can use canned beans in the standard size can. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Wendy's Chili
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Chili always a great meal and this sounds very good. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. The beans can be cooked from dry beans the day before, or you can use canned beans in the standard size can. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1-4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the garlic. Drain off most of the fat, not all.
  2. Put the beef and the remaining ingredients in a large pot, cover, and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. You can also cook this in a slow cooker on Low setting for 3-4 hours.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 200 Baht/1 kilo of beef. For 6 servings this is about 98 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Tomato Juice, Tomato Puree.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili II
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Sounds good, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can cook yourself the day before, or you can use canned beans that are rinsed and drained before use.
  2. Combine beans, salsa, tomato sauce, and chili powder in slow cooker. Top with chicken, onions, and corn. Do not stir. Cover and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 4 to 5 hours. Stir and serve topped with cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

Chicken will cost about 60 Baht/750 grams. The cheese if used will cost about 90 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 55 cents per serving if you prepare the beans from dry beans. If using canned beans, this is about 98 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Job’s Tears & Red Bean Soup

Job's Tears & Red Bean Soup
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I have never had Job's Tears or red beans, so one way to solve that is to try a recipe. This is very straight forward.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Job's Tears & Red Bean Soup
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I have never had Job's Tears or red beans, so one way to solve that is to try a recipe. This is very straight forward.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Rinse the beans and put in a pot with water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium and cook for about an hour or to your desired softness. When serving, add honey or sugar to taste if preferred.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Green Beans
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Original recipe called for canned green beans, I changed this to fresh long beans, they are local, available at any market, and inexpensive.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Garlic Green Beans
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Original recipe called for canned green beans, I changed this to fresh long beans, they are local, available at any market, and inexpensive.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Add the long beans to a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water, cook for 3-4 minutes and when beans are bright and crispy, drain the beans in a colander and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter with olive oil, add garlic, and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in the drained long beans, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until beans are tender and heated through, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat, place the beans in a serving dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Eduard’s Bean Soup

Eduard's Bean Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended. This is a straight forward bean soup and would pair perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Eduard's Bean Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended. This is a straight forward bean soup and would pair perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Sort and rinse the beans then soak beans overnight, drain and rinse the beans and add to a large pot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the potatoes and carrot. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce to a low simmer and simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender and the ham hock is falling apart. In the last hour, add the potatoes and carrot. Remove the ham hock, chop it up and remove the bone, put the meat back into the pot and stir that in, when the potatoes and carrot is tender, serve. Grilled cheese sandwiches would go great with this soup.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Eduard Wijers.
United States.