Friday, August 24, 2012

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

WOOO HOOOO, It's Friday! I thought I'd give you a great crock pot meal to try this weekend. This is one of the simplest recipes I have ever seen and tastes awesome. You can see the original recipe here.

2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, can still be frozen (I used the 2 biggest breasts in the bag)
2 cans Ro-Tel
1 can Black Beans, drained
1 can Kidney Beans, drained
1 can of corn
1 onion, diced
4 cups chicken broth (or 2 cans)
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Dried Cilantro
1 Tbsp. Chile Powder
1 Tbsp. Cumin
Tortilla Chips
Shredded Cheese (I like to use Fiesta blend but it really doesn't matter)
Sour Cream

Tip: Instead of buying tons of chicken broth cans, you can buy bullion cubes. They are cheaper, take up a lot less space in your pantry, and are just as good! To make chicken broth out of a bullion cube, boil 1 cup of water per cube. Once the water is boiling, add bullion cube and stir until incorporated. If you are making 4 cups of broth, you can boil all 4 cups of water at one time.

Tip: Instead of spices you can use a packet of taco seasoning. I like to use the original spices, but a taco packet would get the job done.

Tip: You will need a large crock pot for this recipe. If you only have a medium sized crock pot, half the recipe.

To start off, add your Ro-Tel, black beans, kidney beans, corn, onion, chicken broth, water, garlic powder, cilantro, chile powder, and cumin into your crock pot and stir until incorporated. Next, place your two chicken breasts on top of the mixture. The chicken breasts should sink slightly but still be mostly on top. As long as they as somewhat submerged you should be fine. Here is what mine looked like:

Next, set your crock pot to cook on low for 8 hours. Before serving your soup, take your chicken breasts out and shred them. This can be done by pulling the breast apart between two forks. I like to do this step with about 1 hour left to cook so the shredded chicken has time to soak up some spices and flavor, but this is just a personal preference.

Once your soup is ready, crumble some chips into the bottom of your bowl, ladle in some soup, and then top with your cheese and a dollop of sour cream. The official taste tester doesn't like sour cream, so he omitted that part (blasphemous, I know). Here is what your finished product looks like:

Next step, chow down and go to town! I hope you enjoy your weekend and happy cooking!