Jan 18
2012

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe with Black Beans & Corn (Slow Cooker)

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Heading to university for the first time was an adventure for many reasons. Not only did I join the throngs of college newbies who had never lived away from home, but I made what seemed a very long journey from Vancouver, Canada to Greeley, Colorado to be a part of the University of Northern Colorado’s music program. With my flute clutched in one hand, my alto sax slung over my shoulder and many of my worldly possessions packed into boxes, I moved into a dorm room that could only be described as undersized and worn-out. To me, however, it was independence at its finest. A few pink throw pillows later, it looked as homey as any eighteen-year-old girl could hope for.

Then there was the cafeteria. With legends of the “freshman fifteen” echoing through my head, I walked into the place where I was scheduled to eat all of my meals for the next 10 months. I will spare you the details of the cafeteria’s offerings and just say that I was elated when, halfway through the year, they added a make-your-own-sandwich bar, complete with whole wheat bread, sliced turkey and veggies. I have never been so happy to see a fresh tomato in my life.

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In those days, I wasn’t much of a cook and equipping myself with a slow cooker didn’t even occur to me. The closest I came to “cooking” that year was pouring boiling water from my electric kettle into a Cup-O-Noodles. Awesome. These days, however, it seems as though college students are a little more culinarily savvy. With a stash of basic kitchen utensils, a fridge to store ingredients and a crockpot, they are able to pull together healthy meals that are ready by the time they arrive home from a long day of classes.

Now that I am a mum of two boys, I also see the benefit in pulling out the crockpot. Throw the ingredients in and, eight hours later, you have a meal for your family. On meatless nights, we may turn to this Crockpot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions. Other times we rely on soups, such as this chicken tortilla soup, packed with black beans, corn and brown rice.

The brown rice will fall apart somewhat during cooking, which acts as a thickener for the broth. If you prefer larger grains of rice, cook the rice separately and stir it into the soup immediately before serving.

The recipe was included in The Slow Cooker Challenge, hosted by The Naptime Chef & Big Girls Small Kitchen. Head to their sites for some great slow cooker recipe ideas, plus to enter your name for a chance to win a new slow cooker.

The recipe:
Place chopped onion, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, ground cumin and chipotle pepper into the bottom of a crockpot.

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Cover this mixture with brown rice and boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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Pour diced tomatoes, with juices, and chicken broth over the chicken breasts. Turn the crockpot to Low and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 hours.

Remove the chicken breasts from the crockpot and, using two forks, shred the chicken.

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Return the chicken to the crockpot, along with the black beans and frozen corn. Cook on Low for an additional 30 to 60 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve with chopped avocado, tortilla chips and sour cream, if desired.

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Other crockpot dinner recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Crockpot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
My Baking Addiction’s Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork
Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Crockpot Sausage, Peppers & Cannellini Bean Stew
Steamy Kitchen’s Crockpot Pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans & Corn (Slow Cooker)
 
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
Serves: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 chipotle pepper, seeds removed, minced (sold in cans, in adobo sauce)
  • ⅔ cup brown rice
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 5 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped avocado (if desired)
  • Tortilla chips (if desired)
  • Sour cream (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Place chopped onion, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, ground cumin and chipotle pepper into the bottom of a crockpot.
  2. Cover this mixture with brown rice and boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  3. Pour diced tomatoes, with juices, and chicken broth over the chicken breasts.
  4. Turn the crockpot to Low and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 hours.
  5. Remove the chicken breasts from the crockpot and, using two forks, shred the chicken. Return the chicken to the crockpot, along with the black beans and frozen corn.
  6. Cook on Low for an additional 30 to 60 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve with chopped avocado, tortilla chips and sour cream, if desired.

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1 Bev Weidner January 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm

This is what dreams are made of.

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2 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray January 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Dara, this looks perfect! I’ve been hunting for a recipe to break in my slow cooker, plus one that uses a ton of veggies and (healthier) rice. I can’t wait to try it. :)

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3 kelley January 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Ah, the freshmen 15……it happens to the best of us! This time of year the slow cooker is a girls best friend. Your version of tortilla soup looks healthful and flavorful!

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4 Kristen January 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What a colorful and delicious crock pot soup!

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5 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} January 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Tortilla soup in the slow cooker is one of my most favorite dinners. Yummy and easy!

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6 Annalise January 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I am a tortilla soup junkie, it is my go-to meal whenever I have leftover shredded meat and/or I need dinner in a pinch. I love it! I’ve never done it in a crockpot, though. That would make it even simpler.

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7 Aggie January 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This is a great soup for the slow cooker Dara!! I am always stumped on slow cooker recipes. I love how you cooked the chicken whole, then shredded it up.

And I have to say…I totally remember the one semester of cafeteria eating I had to endure…at first I was very excited about the ‘all you can eat’ ice cream and french fries…but man, I got over that real quick! I remember them offering the same type of sandwich bar and being happy as well!

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8 KalynsKitchen January 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

It sounds very tasty. I love the idea of the brown rice acting as a thickener!

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9 Cassie January 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

This is right up my alley. I love tortilla soup and I love this even more because of the slow cooker. Looks amazing!

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10 Maureen January 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I feel pretty good – I only made it to the freshman 12. LOL So long ago it doesn’t really matter though. :)

I love this slow cooker soup. How easy and it looks fantastic!

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11 Belinda @zomppa January 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Ah, those cup o noodles. =) I’ll take slow cooker any day!

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12 Jessica January 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

I just want to dive right in and take a swim! Yum!

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13 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 19, 2012 at 5:23 am

Lovely recipe. What size slow cooker did you use?

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14 Deborah January 19, 2012 at 8:04 am

I definitely could use a good slow cooker recipe right now, and this looks fabulous!

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15 jacquie January 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

i hope you don’t mind but i have a general slow cooker/crockpot question …. in general can these recipes be adapted for not using a crockpot? and if so how would one do it? i would think they could be cooked in a stock but would extra water/liquid be needed? how would it effect the cooking time? i’m asking because i don’t have one and can’t afford to purchase one at this point in time but would like to try some of the recipes. thanks for any suggestions/thoughts.

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16 Bree January 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

Wish I could have this for lunch right now!

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17 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel January 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Would love a bowl of this for dinner!

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18 carolinaheartstrings January 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

That looks just terrific. I love soup in the crockpot. This is one I know everyone in my family would love.

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19 Rachel January 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Oh my god, this sounds sooo easy! I love chicken tortilla soup! This is definitely gonna be made in my house next week. Thank you!

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20 sweetsugarbelle January 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Love the soup but you made me think of something that will make you smile. Bot of my brothers went to school in Golden. They always joked about traveling to UNC to meet girls that were smart AND good lookin’!!! BOYS!

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21 Monet January 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Oh yes…the good ol’ crockpot. Always worth pulling out in my books! Each time I’m here, I feel admiration…and my stomach rumbles. Thank you so much for sharing tonight. This tortilla soup looks delicious (as always!)

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22 Jen at The Three Little Piglets January 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

With three kids at home and a husband who is often deployed, I’m not sure how I’d survive without a crock pot! Such beautiful flavors in this!

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23 Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 23, 2012 at 3:50 am

That is some tasty looking soup and super easy to make in the slow cooker!

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24 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids February 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm

This sounds and looks absolutely fantastic! Pinning it now. :)

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25 Honey March 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

Don’t you think a little cummin,or Mexican chilli powder is needed?

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hi Honey, thanks for your comment. There should indeed be ground cumin on the ingredients. I apologize for the omission. The correction was made. I hope you enjoy the soup!

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27 Gail December 10, 2013 at 5:26 am

I have made this soup a few times, it is delicious and light too. It gets even better as its sits in the frig, we eat it for days!!! Thanks for such a great recipe…

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2013 at 6:35 am

I’m so glad to hear that, Gail! There’s nothing better than a good soup on cold days. I could happily eat soup for day, too.

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29 Caroline February 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

Could you sub quinoa for the brown rice?

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