This is so easy and economical to make and he calls it Sopa. He has many ways of varying the flavor by using different ingrediants but this is our family favorite:
1 Box Vermicelli (Fideo) noodles
1 can tomato sauce
1 can ranch style beans
3 cloves garlic
4 cups water
1 lb 97% lean meat (don't have to add for a vegetarian version)
3 Tbsp Grapeseed oil (or your choice -- I have used butter in a crunch.)
Open your canned goods
Heat the oil on medium add garlic, crunch the noodles in box, pour into oil and sautee til some are brown. Add water, tomato sauce, and ranch beans heat to near bubbly. Add meat in really small pieces and then just cook until the meat is done and sauce thickens.
We serve with heated flour tortillas and there are never any leftovers. So easy even this gringa makes it. Next time, I will make his special Mexican rice.