Don’t let the title of the recipe throw you off, it’s an amazing soup that I’ve shared with family and friends coast to coast (my cousins now call this Heather Soup. LOL!).
1 family-size can Condensed Tomato Soup (I prefer Campbell) or 2 regular size cans
1 family-size can Condensed Bean with Bacon Soup or 2 regular size cans (again, I prefer Campbell. I really want to make Dede’s recipe for this, but haven’t had time)
1 onion, chopped into whatever size pieces strike your fancy. I prefer a large dice.
1 package hot dogs of your choice (quality is VERY important here–if you wouldn’t eat them plain, don’t put them in your soup! I prefer Hormel Wranglers, or Coleman Natural Beef ones. They’re more pricy, but totally worth it.), sliced into whatever size you like. Mine are usually about 1/4″.
Sautee the onion in whatever fat (or not, I use butter) of your choice until translucent but not browned.
Add sliced hotdogs and sautee a bit more, a minute or so. I let them sautee while I open the cans of soup, which is long enough.
Put in both cans of soup.
Now is the time for improvising. If you like a thinner soup, add the appropriate amount of water (1 can water for 1 can soup). If you like a thicker soup, only add 1/2 can water per can of soup.
At this stage, I usually add about 1 tablespoon of chili powder, about 2 teaspoon of cumin, about 1/4 teaspoon of extra-hot cayenne powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and about 2-3 tablespoons sugar. I occasionally add beef bullion or beef soup base. It almost never needs salt (the hotdogs salt things up nicely).
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for…however long you want! I usually simmer for 15-30 minutes. This seems to be long enough for the spices to really come to flavor. If you want to shorten this simmer time, put your spices in with the hotdogs and sautee them a bit first.
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