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Done before you can get the table set. No kidding.
1 796-mL can diced tomatoes
2 cups salsa, (any kind)
1 540-mL can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups frozen mixed veggies, (any mixture)
1 tbsp Mexican chili powder
shredded cheddar, or Monterey jack
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, mix together the diced tomatoes (with all the juice from the can), salsa, beans, frozen veggies and chili powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper (and, if you like, a dash of hot pepper sauce).
Ladle into bowls and serve sprinkled with shredded cheese, accompanied by some good bread or spooned over hot cooked rice.