What's a cafe without a steaming hot bowl of soup. Especially during the freezing global warming days of February. This was a favorite at the restaurant.
2/3 cup dried pinto beans
1/4 cup dried kidney beans
Soak in 4 cups of water overnight. Discard soaking water. In a 4 quart pot, bring beans to boil with three cups water and 1 tsp sea salt. Reduce heat and simmer under tender about 45 minutes. Add more water if necessary because kidney beans can take longer to soften. Drain Beans and set aside.
You can use canned beans if fully rinsed but they are not as good.
2 cups diced yellow onions
3 garlic cloves minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
4 21/4 ounce cans of sliced black olives
3 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
1 19 ounce can of Enchilada sauce ( I use 1 can of mild and part of a can of hot. You can mix as you chose, but if you get to hot you can't turn back. This soup taste best if it is medium. You may find medium enchilada sauce if you are lucky.)
1 large can peeled tomatoes, pulsed a few times in food processor
2 cups sour cream
1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 pound jack cheese
3 Tbsp dried chives
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/2 dozen corn tortillas, cut into wedges.
In a large stock pot (6 qts) simmer yellow onions, olives, garlic for a few minutes, until onions are translucent, toss in a bit of kosher salt and stir.
Add tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, simmer covered until mixture is hot and onions are tender (10 t0 15 minutes)
Add beans, chopped tomatoes and sour cream. Continue heating at very low temperature, stirring frequently to keep beans from settling. Bring near boiling, but do not allow to boil, then stir in grated cheese. Continue to stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
Add chives, green onions and corn tortillas. The corn tortillas will break down and thicken the soup.
Warning, when reheating the soup, keep stirring as the beans and cheese will scorch to the bottom when you walk away.
Settle in, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your stay here at Shelly's. The pie is great, the coffee pot is always on and soon you will find this to be the best place in town. SOON TO BE AMERICA'S MOST READ BLOG