Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

I'm really trying to make an effort to cook almost every night and to try new recipes.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 7 Hours Ready In: 7 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings: 8

"A hearty combination of beans, corn, tomatoes, and taco seasonings, slow cooked with shredded chicken. Deliciously finished, if you like, with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips. Made mostly of canned ingredients, this tasty soup let's the slow cooker do the work so you don't have to!"
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crushed tortilla chips (optional)

1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.
2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

Review: We were definately lacking on supplies when I decided to try to make something in the crockpot for dinner, so I didn't follow the recipe exactly. We didn't have chili beans, so I usedpinto beans instead. I used frozen corn instead of canned and I added fresh diced carrots because I like them. I also used 2 large chicken breasts instead of three. And because I didn't get started on this until almost noon, I had it turned on to high heat. Overall this was a hit. We will definately make this again.

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