This is my take on a classic tortilla soup. I love the versatility of this recipe. I love that it is a hearty soup for either game day (GBR!!) or a long day at work. I love that you can use either pork or beef roast or even ground beef to make this recipe. I love that I can throw it in my slow cooker or that I can use leftover pork or beef roast on the stove top. I love to make it with hominy – one of my food favorites, but one my family won’t touch! I love that I almost always have all the ingredients already on hand to make this! 

Mother Nature, could you throw us a Fall-like Saturday? I am craving some Big Red Tortilla Soup and a Big Husker WIN! Yum!

Big Red Tortilla Soup
All you need:
2-3 pounds stew meat or cubed pork loin, 1-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced]
2 T. Canola oil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Hominy, drained OR 1 cup frozen corn
2 cans (10 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
1 cup beef broth (or 1 cup water with 1 tsp beef bouillon)
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper

Optional toppings: sour cream, tortilla chips, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, avocado

All you do:
1. In a skillet, brown beef, onion and garlic until the beef is seared on the outside. If you are making this with ground beef, cook beef until it is no longer pink. Browning the stew meat isn’t necessary, if you are pressed by time, but browning it enhances the unami flavors!

Big Red Tortilla Soup
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients into a 10 quart slow cooker. Add beef, onion and garlic.

Big Red Tortilla Soup
3. Cook on High for 4-5 hours, Low for 6-8 hours until the meat is tender. If you are making this with ground beef or leftover pork or beef roast, simmer on the stove top or in the slow cooker for ~ 30 minutes.

4. Serve with sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese, cilantro and avocado, as desired.


Shannon Frink

Shannon Frink is a registered dietitian and busy mom of two active boys. She knows the challenges of being a professional mom with the need to get a healthy, wholesome meal on the table – Quick! Shannon is the registered dietitian at Mary Lanning Heathcare Wellness department, where she has the unique opportunity to assist busy employees and community members to make healthy lifestyle choices! Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and is an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the Central Nebraska District Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as, a volunteer in the community. Shannon enjoys following her kids many activities, camping, biking, skiing with her family, trying new recipes, and participating in fitness classes and leagues.