My Mother's Cooking - Chili Soup with Shell Noodles
Chili Soup with Shell Noodles
My Mother's Chili Soup
Chili Soup with Shell Noodles
Each year, my mother canned nearly 100 quarts of tomatoes from our garden and she was always looking for new and interesting ways to use them. At that time, her main sources of new recipes were the local newspaper and magazines like "Woman’s Day" that she bought at the A&P grocery store.
I don’t know what her inspiration was for her chili soup, but I know that she never ate in a Mexican restaurant. It was made with ground beef, kidney beans, green peppers from her garden and of course her home canned tomatoes.
To make it a complete meal, she usually added elbow macaroni or shell noodles. It was warm and filling and delicious. As I recall, my mother went easy on the chili powder, but I like to add a fair amount and also some garlic. You can make up your own mind once you have tried this recipe. Since I don’t can my own tomatoes, I simply buy them at the grocery store.
2 Pounds of Ground Beef
2 Medium Onions peeled and coarsely chopped
2 Large Green Peppers seeded and coarsely chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic pealed and coarsely chopped
3 Tablespoons of Cooking Oil
2 - 28 Oz. Cans of Crushed Tomatoes
1 – 28 Oz. Can of Red Kidney Beans
¼ Cup Ketchup
¼ Cup Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
8 Oz. of Small Shell Noodles or Elbow Macaroni
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat using a large wooden spoon to break it into small pieces.
- Then add the chopped onions and green peppers and continue cooking until they are wilted. Do not add the garlic here or you will lose most of its flavor. Salt and pepper the mixture and mix in the chili powder.
- Add one can of tomatoes and the ketchup, mix well and then transfer the contents to a large soup kettle. Use the second can of tomatoes to rinse out the frying pan and add that to the pot too.
- Add the kidney beans and the garlic to the pot and simmer covered for about two hours.
- After an hour, you can taste the soup and add salt or chili powder to suit your own taste.
- Just before serving add the cooked shell noodles. If you add them too early, they will get too soft.
We generally ate this hearty soup just by itself with some homemade bread or biscuits.
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