Mmm. Crock-Pot weather.

I Instagrammed a quick photo of a Crock-Pot meal in-progress tonight, in order that the social media universe might share in my ’tis-the-season-to-give-the-Crock-Pot-a-permanent-home-on-the-kitchen-counter attitude.Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

And y’all ate it up.

And enough people asked for the recipe that I decided to make it official.

This recipe was originally discovered by yours truly on allrecipes.com the first winter we were married (2006) and it’s been a favorite ever since. I make it every year for a soup potluck at Jeff’s office and the Crock-Pot comes home scraped clean.

The recipe is unbelievably simple (When I rewrote the directions for you, I considered replacing the word “place” with “dump”, but that didn’t sound very ladylike.) and I don’t deviate too much from the original, but I do have a few pointers — check it out.

Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped {No one in my house will eat onions, so I use McCormick Minced Onions instead. Shh, don’t tell them.}
  • 1 (16oz) can chili beans
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (8oz) can Mexican tomato sauce
  • 1 (12oz) can or bottle of beer {I’ve tried different brands over the years, but we never taste the difference. Use whatever you have.}
  • 2 (10oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained {I like to do one can of Rotel (with chilies) and one can of Hunts something or other (tomatoes only). And I like to pick something with some personality – like Fire Roasted with Garlic.}
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning {We don’t do spicy around here, but this is a place you could dial up the spice if you like. Me, I go for “Cheesy Taco”. That’s how I roll.}
  • 3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts {I’ve always suspected the chicken is what puts this soup over the top. Don’t skimp on the chicken.}

Also, when it comes time to shred the chicken, don’t be shy. Get a meat fork and a dinner fork and get after it. The better you shred the chicken, the more likely there’ll be chicken in every bite of soup.

Enjoy!

Click here to download/print the full recipe for yourself.

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4 Responses to Mmm. Crock-Pot weather.

  1. Lyndi at nwafoodie November 8, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    I need to include you in the next “10 nwa food blogs you should be reading” list!

    Crockpot weather is the best. The best!

    • Mother Hood November 8, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      I can Crock-Pot and microwave with the best of ‘em! If you ever need a guest blogger for “quick and dirty, and probably less than healthy” meals — I’m your girl :)

  2. Amanda C. November 8, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you for the recipe – this is going on the menu at our house!! I think Wednesday nights may become crockpot nights for us, since we have kid activities and I can only take eating out so much. Feel free to share any and all future recipes that are easy (key piece). :)

  3. Mother Hood November 8, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    It is SO good. And easy is at the TOP of my list of considerations — I’m speaking your language :)

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