*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                      Quick 'n Easy Mexican Bean Soup
 
 Recipe By     : Austin American Statesman 1/12/94
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups And Stews
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    4      slices        bacon -- diced
    1      medium        onion -- chopped
   30      ounces        pinto beans (2 15 oz. cans) -- undrained
    1      can           chicken broth
      1/2  cup           water
      1/4                to 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro
      1/3  cup           picante sauce
 
 In a 3-quart saucepan, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove with slotted spoon.
 Cook onion in drippings until tender but not brown.  Return bacon to
 saucepan.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring
 occasionally.  Reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
 
 Variation:  Brown 1 pound ground beef with the bacon.  Also, add a 14 1/2
 ounce can whole tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon chile
 powder and 3 small cloves garlic (crushed and sauteed with onion).
 
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