Olive Oil (good swish around the pan)
Onion (roughly chopped; as much as you like)
2 - 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
2 - 15 oz cans of black beans (one drained; one with juice)
1/2 bag of frozen corn (can use one can instead)
1 box of shell noodles (prepared according to directions on box)
(I layer my seasonings; as indicated in instructions)
crushed tortilla chips
Give a good swish around the pan of olive oil. Saute onion. Add salt, pepper, and garlic. When onions are translucent, add tomatoes and a second layer of seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic, cumin. Cook till bubbling. Add black beans (make sure to drain the juice off one can and add the juice of the other can). Third layer of seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, and tabasco (2-3 dashes; or MORE if you like some heat). Cook till bubbling. Add corn and final layer of seasoning.... at this level I let my tongue tell me what to add... does it need salt or a little heat (tabasco) or maybe more smokiness (cumin).
Combine "sauce" with shell noodles. Garnish as desired.
[Tip: I like to make a double batch and freeze half. I put half in a 9 x 13 pan. Cover it with Cheddar. Sprinkle crushed tortilla chips on it. Freeze it and then pull it out in a pinch and pop it in the oven for about 30 min at 350. YUMS!]