This is one of my favorite recipes – a Chicken Taco soup loaded with veggies, warm, comforting and spicy, and super easy to make. It takes a few minutes to prep the veggies, but then you just dump everything in the crock pot, and forget about it all day!
Dump cooking, using a slow cooker to cook ingredients you just “dump in”, is a great method to turn out hearty, home-cooked meals when you’re pressed for time. This rich, southwest inspired chicken soup features black beans, corn and tomatoes for a filling and delicious dinner. Perfect for coming home to after a long day at work, a cold day outside, or for the busy mom who doesn’t want to put a meal together at the end of the day (- and boy do I know that one!)
My Chicken Taco soup isn’t spicy, so feel free to add more heat if your family likes it that way! I like to serve it with hot sauce, so everyone can spice their bowl to their own tastes.
3-4 chicken thighs, skinless and cleaned
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup dry black beans You can use cooked/frozen if you prefer
1 cup diced bell pepper
1 cup frozen corn Fresh is always OK to use!
3 diced plum tomatoes
1 small red onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, miced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1 tbl. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tbl. cumin
1 tbl. sea salt
1/2 tbl. black pepper
A pinch of crushed red pepper
1 tbl. fresh squeezed lime juice
1. Diced and prepare all vegetables; clean chicken. Add to crock pot. Add seasonings, pour in water.
2. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
3. Shred chicken before serving, taste test and adjust seasonings as desired. This recipe is fairly spiced, so it is good for all groups and even children(my nearly 2yro loves it!) If your family likes it hot, you can add more spices. Usually I just add it to my own bowl.
4.Serve warm with tortilla chips, lime wedges and hot sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to save all those raw veggies ends and scraps in the freezer to build a supply to make your own vegetable broth! Never tried it before? It’s super easy, and you’ll be glad you did it! Check out how to make your own broth here.