Easy Mexican Soup

My 10 year old wanted to make Rice a Roni for dinner. I see he is reading the box. That’s a good start. He says he can do it himself. Well, after some time, I look into his pot and there was way too much liquid. When I told him so, he just casually said. Ok. then it is soup. I thought that is a great attitude and idea. So with some additions on my part that is how this soup came about.

AHN-“Adult Help Needed” to watch over you as you use the stovetop

Hardware- soup pot, wooden spoon, metal ladle, colander, peanut butter knife

Software- One box of Mexican Style Rice a Roni mix (plus ingredients to make it), one can of mexican style stewed diced tomatoes, 1 cup of black beans from a can (see note), 1 cup of frozen corn, chopped fresh cilantro, 1 cup of cooked meat (see note), lime, chopped green onions (optional)

Procedure.

  • Cook the rice a roni according to the directions on the box. Then add 2 and 3/4 cups of water. Let it all simmer together on low heat til the rice is fully cooked.
  • Turn up the heat to med. Add any  leftover cooked meat you have in the frig/freezer.
  • Open the black beans and dump them into a colander and give them a stir rinsing them off under cold water, measure out 1 cup and add it to the soup, put the leftover beans in a tupperware and refrigerate for a later use. see my note.
  • Pour in the frozen corn.
  • Rinse off the cilantro and chop just the leaves and very small stems.
  • Wash off the lime and cut it in half and squeeze in the juice. If you put one hand cupped under the lime while you squeeze the lime, you should be able to catch the seeds.
  • Turn off the stovetop

Serve with broken tortilla chips on top. (now you know what to do with the broken ones at the bottom of the bag), sprinkle wih green onions or not.

Note: You can use up the rest of the beans in a fiesta salad, put it inside a quesadilla, smash them up and use them in a 7 layer dip

Note:I try to alway have cooked chicken or cooked ground turkey in the freezer in case I don’t have any as leftovers.

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