Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I may have mentioned before that raw chicken scares me.  I've made great strides against this somewhat irrational phobia in recent years, but I still avoid touching it if possible.  That is why this recipe is perfect for me, I don't have to touch anything raw and at the end of the day I get a tasty and healthy meal.  That's a success in my book.  I've made vegan Tortilla Soup before, which was great, but I was feeling something a little heartier.

The only injury sustained while making this soup was burning my tongue while I was taste testing.   This has become something of a pattern lately.  I'm either eating at lightening speed because we are on the verge of a baby meltdown, or it takes me hours because I keep getting pulled away and grab a bite as I walk through the kitchen.  Even eaten a little too hot, this was delicious, definitely a keeper. 

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 14 oz. can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound chicken breasts
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped (I forgot to buy this, but it would be a good addition)
1 14 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed, or any combination of beans you like
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
1 cup corn
vegetable broth or water, as needed
Optional garnishes: avocado, lime, cilantro, tortilla strips or chips, cheese, sour cream

Combine tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne and salt in the bowl of a crock pot.
Add in uncooked chicken breasts and turn to coat.
Cook on high for 1 hour, and then low for 3 hours.
Using two forks, shred chicken.  It should shred very easily.
Add in remaining ingredients and cook for 3-4 hours on low.

You can certainly add all the ingredients at the beginning and cook it all day, but it might be easier to remove the chicken to shred and then return to the soup.  I like the two step process because the chicken gets completely infused with the sauce.  And I don't have to wash an additional cutting board.  We're trying to make things easy here. 


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