One of the best things about cold weather is soup. I am a great fan of "stone soup," the "throw whatever you have in the Crock Pot" type of non-recipe recipe. The following has a specific list of ingredients but they're pretty flexible and just begging to be experimented with.
This is taco soup. It is delicious. Actually it's just hyped-up chili but if it wants to put on airs and give itself a fancy name, I do not care. Just gimme another bowl.
1 lb. hamburger, browned and drained
1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
1 small jar salsa
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 large can tomato juice
2 packages taco seasoning
shredded cheddar cheese
Doritos, crunched up
Mix meat, onion, salsa, drained beans and corn, tomato juice and taco seasoning in Crock Pot. Cook on low 6-8 hour or on high 4 hours, or until hot. Serve topped with cheddar cheese, Doritos and sour cream.
This was very yummy and made about 12 one cup servings.