Give me a big fluffy blanket, a warm fire, and a big bowl of Crock-Pot chicken taco soup and I am a happy girl. Like many people, I tend to eat more soup around the holidays when it’s cold and wintry outside. It makes me think of when our pre-central-heating ancestors would have needed something hot and hardy to get them going and to rejuvenate them after a long hard day of labor and such.
Back in the depression era soup was a common dish. They had soup kitchens in almost every town, and all they would serve were soup and bread. Soup was cheap to make and could go far by just adding water to it. Making it a great meal for the depression era. I’m grateful for the example of those that lived during that time. I can’t help but think about them and what they went through when I eat a bowl of soup. I am also grateful for crock-pots.
Really, everyone needs their own go-to Crock-Pot recipe. Mine is my favorite Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Soup. Traditionally, taco soup is made with ground beef, which is delicious! But . . . I really like having a more substantial soup, and chicken seems to really fit the bill. And even though it may not look as heavy and filling as a stew, the protein from the beans and chicken will keep you full and smiling for hours.
Plus, it has Mexican-style seasoning. So even without any noticeable “heat,” each bite carries with it the spicy, festive atmosphere of a night full of dancing and laughter south of the border.
A good soup just warms the soul!
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can corn
- 1 can red beans
- 1 can sliced or diced carrots
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 pkg. mild taco seasoning
- 1 C chicken broth
- 3 thinly sliced chicken breasts
- In a large crock-pot add the chicken and then the rest of the ingredients except the can of carrots.
- Cook on high for 3 hours.
- Take out chicken and place on cutting board and shred the chicken.
- Place chicken back into crock-pot and add the can of carrots and cook on high for another 30 minutes.
- Serve with sliced avocados and tortilla chips.