Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tomato Bean Chowder

I haven't made any new soups lately so here is one I have been making for over 30 years that we like really well.
I first had this soup when we visited missionary friends on an Indian Reservation called Pikangikum, 60 miles north of Red Lake, Ontario, Canada. A place so remote we had to fly in on a seaplane.
Now if I saw this recipe somewhere, the ingredients wouldn't jump out at me and say that sounds delicious. But it is in fact very good and one I make at least once every winter. It looks a little like chili soup or pepper soup but tastes completely different.
After a few days of warmer milder weather, we are getting yet another round of cold weather this week with predictions of another possible storm this weekend.
 Its' a good week to make a pot of soup and stay in.

Tomato Bean Chowder

1 1/2 lb. hamburger fried and drained
1 med onion chopped and sautéed in a little butter
1 cup celery chopped and sautéed in a little butter
1 large can pork and beans (1lb 12oz.)
2 cans tomato soup (10 oz.)
3 cups water
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Note: Do not omit this. It makes a big difference.
salt and pepper to taste

Onions and celery may be sautéed together.
Brown and drain hamburger then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until celery is tender, approximately 45 minutes. 


  1. So.....when in the world were you visiting in Red Lake that I didn't find it out? I was there in 67 to teach Bible School to the little Indian kids. I also flew back into the bush by seaplane. I still have the purse I bought for a souvenir. Made by the Indians. The hide it's made from must have been smoked because the last time I checked it still had a smoky smell. I don't have it in a plastic bag anymore so maybe the smoky smell left. It has beading on it. It's still like new.

    1. We went to visit Myron and Joyce probably late 70s.
      I remember that purse and that smoky smell!!

  2. I think your Tomato Bean Chowder sounds and looks great. I'm always looking for something new to try and this will be one for sure.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  3. Sounds like a perfect bowl of soup to take the chill off! I have to tell you, we are on the countdown to our vacation! I am so excited! We are spending most of it on Hilton Head, but making sure we have a couple days in Gatlinburg area on our way home. I hope the weather will cooperate with us.