I will never forget the first time we tasted this wonderful slow cooker delight. Kiddo was enjoying a break from work, as business in the event industry tends to taper off in the winter. You would think Holidays would be a busy time. Perhaps in the past, that were true, when companies put on elaborate parties for their employees. These days, people would rather find a few extra dollars in their Christmas Stocking than to toast in the new year with the boss.
Weddings are not a big part of the holiday season. Here, in this part of California, the big month for weddings (besides the whole June bride thing) is September. The days are still warm, the nights crisp and inviting and the color palette spectacular. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year.
While I am now retired, there was a time when the responsibility of preparing the evening meal fell squarely on the shoulders of my Kiddo. I feel very strongly about giving our children (and his case grandchildren) the ability to be contributing members of the family. Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, it’s important to provide the generation to come with the tools they need in order to feel a part of life. I know people who have, for a variety of reasons, started a second family. One of the biggest mistakes I see them make when attempting to blend their families is to not ask the older children to help with family life such as clearing the table or doing a load of laundry or fixing the family dinner. They let guilt and all sorts of nonsense get in the way. One of the things I admired in the large families I knew growing up is how the older kids helped with the younger ones. Family meant community, pulling and working and caring for one another. A sense of community makes us better people, less concerned about the “what’s in it for me” mentality. Wow, sorry about wandering off on a rant of sorts . . . Anyway, the first time we tasted this wonderful perfect for the fall supper, Kiddo had made it from start to finish. Do you feel special, strutting your stuff good when you put a delicious meal on the table for your family? Of course you do. Guess what? So do our children when they contribute to family life. If you’ve got some none cooking teens or young adults in your life, turn them on to cooking with a dish that is “home cooked” yet nearly foolproof.
Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Three-Bean Supreme
1 (16 ounce) Whole Pinto Beans, drained
1 (15.5 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1 (15.5 ounce) can Italian White, drained
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
2 pounds ground beef
1 small can green chilies
1 (10 ounce) can diced Fire-Roasted tomatoes, undrained
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can tomato soup, undiluted
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 Pinch of cayenne
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (4 ounce) can Button Mushrooms, drained
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese (optional)
Open and drain cans of pinto beans, kidney beans, Italian White beans. Set aside.
Chop onion and garlic, set aside.
Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat. When pan is warm, brown ground beef with onions and garlic, breaking meat into small pieces and incorporating the onion and garlic into the meat. Drain meat well. Place in slow cooker.
Add beans, green chilies, fire-roasted tomatoes, soup and spices. Stir to blend. Add Worcestershire Sauce.
Open and drain mushrooms. Add to slow cooker. Stir in liquid smoke. Cover and let cook on LOW for 4 hours.
Ladle finished Supreme into soup bowls. Garnish with Cheddar Cheese, if desired.