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Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is a recipe that launched a thousand requests - it is THAT good! And besides being delicious, it is chock full of healthy ingredients. Now, you can make this recipe on your stove top if you’re hungry and in a hurry. However, if you own a crock pot (and if you don't you really should buy one), slow cooking is the way to go. Besides being convenient, slow cooking with a crock pot makes the chicken and other ingredients really tender and brings out the best flavors.

ingredients

6 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth [or chicken broth!]
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/4-1/2 cup tomatillo salsa verde
3 TBSP tomato paste
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
3 cups black beans [cooked or canned]
1-2 cups pinto beans [cooked or canned]
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 small corn tortillas, torn into small pieces
2 small onions [approx 2 cups]
2 jalapenos [seeds and veins removed]
1 large bell pepper
Juice of 1/2 a fresh lime
2-4 TBSP fresh cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Himalayan pink salt, to taste (amount added will vary on sodium content of broth + tomatoes/beans)
Shredded mexican cheese blend
Crunchy tortilla chips

Plus add optional favorite toppings and other ingredients from this list:

Greek yogurt or sour cream
Lime zest for extra oomph!
Tortilla strips
Chopped red onion
Chopped green onion
Fresh cilantro
Sliced jalapenos [for fire and flair]
Fresh pico de gallo
Fresh guacamole
Sliced avocado

(As always, The Best Years in Life recommends choosing organic content and fresh content as much as possible for the healthiest recipe. Also, wash all fruits and vegetables before cutting or adding to the recipe.)

 

Instructions

1. Turn your slow cooker to high and add broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomatillo salsa, beans and chicken breasts, whole.

2. Next dice your bell pepper, jalapeno, and onion and tear your corn tortilla into small pieces before tossing them into the pot as well. The corn tortillas help the soup to thicken a bit and also act as noodles!

3. Add your seasonings, fresh cilantro, olive oil, and lime juice + cover.

4. Within a few hours the chicken breasts should be juicy and perfectly cooked, if you happen to be around, feel free to scoop them out with tongs or a fork, place them on a cutting board, and chop each breast into six large pieces. Now it'll shred oh-so-easily! Use two forks to create pulled/shredded chicken and add it back to your slow cooker. If you aren't home yet you can complete this step once you return. No worries!

5. The soup will simmer away on high for four-six hours (total time) and make your kitchen smell absolutely divine.

6. Steal a taste towards the end and add any extra spices or add-ins that float your boat. I typically add a little extra chili and garlic powder and a little fiery cayenne depending on my mood. You may want to add salt or might find that there was enough in your beans/tomatoes/broth to start and leave it as is! If you choose to add tortilla chips to the final product, you may only need a pinch of salt.

7. As noted above you can add more broth or keep the soup nice and chunky. If you like it super-hearty attack it with the tortilla chips and a small mountain of grated cheese and scoop up the soup nacho-style. Hot soup, melty cheese, and crunchy tortilla chips . . . mmm mmm mmm!

Makes 5 quarts (about 6 generous servings)

Original recipe (modified) and image source: http://peasandcrayons.com/2014/01/crock-pot-chicken-tortilla-soup.html

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