Beef & Bacon Soup
It's got bacon, it's gotta be good!
  1. 1/2 pound sliced bacon, chopped
  2. 1 pound lean ground beef
  3. 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onion
  4. 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
  5. 16 ounces canned pinto beans, undrained
  6. 1 cup picante sauce
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  8. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  1. sour cream
  2. shredded cheddar cheese
  3. chopped onion
  4. chopped cilantro
  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until crisp. Remove to paper towels with slotted spoon. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of the drippings.
  2. In drippings, brown ground beef with onion and green pepper; drain. Add reserved bacon and remaining ingredients except optional toppings; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Ladle into bowls, top as desired, and serve with additional picante sauce.
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