Minestrone Stew

25 Jan

1 lb hamburger
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 4 oz can green chilies (note: NOT Jalapenos!)
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 can prepared Minestrone soup (I use Progresso)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 cups uncooked pasta shells

Brown hamburger with chopped onion and pressed garlic. Transfer to crock pot. Add remaining ingredients except uncooked pasta, mix well. Cook in crock pot on low for four to six hours. At end of cooking cycle, cook pasta according to directions. Rinse, drain, and add to crock pot mixture. Serve with crusty bread.

You’ll notice the note next to the green chili ingredient listing. That’s because around here, chopped jalapenos come in very similar packaging to chopped green chilies. I mistook the jalepenos for the chilies on one unfortunate occasion, and rendered the entire pot of stew inedible. Yarg. I mean, I like spicy food, but that was ridiculous.

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