Welcome to Cooking with Chef Jeff

Hi and welcome to my blog. Here you'll find meal ideas that are made from primarily whole natural foods. I try not to use any sugar or sweetener in any of the recipes. At the bottom of the page, you can see a list of the cookbooks that I use. I do vary some from the cookbooks, usually not a whole lot. Feel free to read along and even post some ideas/comments to help me to improve in the kitchen.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dude Ranch Soup

Here's a great crock-pot meal for those days when you won't have much time after work or at the end of the day.

2 pounds round steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 15.5 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 14.5 oz can beef broth or home-made beef stock
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp adobo seasoning
1 cube beef bullion
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp dried minced onions
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to your liking)

1. Add all ingredients except cheese to the crock-pot and mix well.
2. Cook on low for about 7 1/2 hours.
3. Stir in the cheese and cook for another 1/2 hour.
4. Serve with sour cream, cheese, or whatever other toppings you want to use.

The original recipe from The Everyday LC Slow Cooker Cookbook needed a bit of a boost, so I added the cayenne pepper to give it bit of kick. Overall a great recipe and a wonderful one for leftover lunches.

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