I'm trying to use up all the random things in my cupboard and fridge/freezer before we move. It's actually really hard for me to come up with meals that I don't have to buy anything for. So hard that I've yet to do it. I planned to make taco soup to use up things I had on hand, and ended up having to buy another can of tomatoes and a can of beans, but I had everything else. I didn't have a recipe, but the following is what I ended up doing.
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning (1/4 cup seasoning and 3/4 cup water)
2 cans diced tomatoes (1 can petite diced and 1 can Mexican Rotel)
1 onion, diced
1 can black beans
1 can corn
2 cans water
Salt and pepper, to taste
Brown ground beef in large pot. Once browned and drained, add taco seasoning and water. Let simmer about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, onion, black beans, corn, water, salt and pepper. Let simmer about 30 minutes or until the flavors have mingled together. Add shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, some crushed tortilla chips, or whatever else you would like!
I had originally planned to also add rice in this soup, but once I got making it decided not to. Overall, I thought the soup turned out well. My husband thought it had too much meat in it though. So next time, I might either half the meat or add another can of beans and corn. For me, it was a success and I will make it again!