Yesterday, it poured rain and the wind was more than strong. Thankfully, we kept our electricity. My daughter and I decided it was a good day for soup.
We adapted a recipe from Realmomkitchen.com to meet the criteria for cost and so we didn't have to go out on the rain and wind to get anything. LOL
CROCKPOT CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn, rinsed
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 - 10 ounce can enchalada sauce
1'can cream of celery soup
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 family sized portion of shredded chicken.
In a 3-5 quart slow cooker, dump everything but the milk.slowly stir in the milk. Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8. When almost done, break up your cooked chicken (last 1/2 hour) and add it to the cooker to heat through.
Top with cheese, we had tortilla chips with it also.
This recipe called for cooking raw chicken breast . I am a "chicken-- " pardon the pun!) to cook raw chicken in the slow cooker. I don't know about bringing the chicken to temp soon enough.
I precook meats so I always have either chicken cubes cooked or shredded chicken. I always have a few cans of corn. I don't usually buy frozen. I picked up cream of celery soup when our grocery store closed for 1/2 price. Otherwise, I might have made a cup and a half of cream soup from my base. I would look for a sale about thanksgiving time and stock up for the year.
I got enchalada sauce for fifty cents at ALBERTSOMS. Enchalada sauce is one of the easiest things to make. At it's usual price of more than a dollar, it is a rip off. I watched a lot of videos on the Internet when I was stuck in bed a while ago. All it is is a white sauce that you make with water instead of milk and add chili powder to instead of milk. I used the recipe on the food channel the first time----it will knock your sox off! I would prefer a bit less chili powder. LOL red peppers I diced when they were going bad. They were 3/1 at grocery outlet. The cheese was from the dollar store, I used part of a chunk.
Black beans .50
Diced tomatoes .48
Red peppers .25
Enchalada sauce .50
1 cup shredded cheese .75
If my budget was larger and I was feeding teen children I would maybe replace the cheese top with a dollop of sour cream and make some quesadas. That still would put you really close to the five dollar budget.
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