I am not at ALL fond of cold weather. The beach, swimming, shorts, swimsuits, the warmth of the sun, toes in the sand (ok, now I want to fly to somewhere warmer!) - those are some of my 'happy' things. So, when autumn and winter hit, I'm not a fan.
However, the thing I DO like about the weather change is bringing out wonderful soups into our meal rotation. A family favorite is Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. I stumbled upon this base recipe on AllRecipes.com and then altered it to fit my family's preferences. Here is what you need to make this fabulous soup!
|Ingredients you need for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup|
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 (16 oz.) can of chili beans, undrained
1 (15 oz.) can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, undrained
2 (10 oz.) cans of tomatoes with green chilies, undrained (our family likes the Rotel brand)
1 (28 oz.) can of tomato sauce
1 (12 oz.) can or bottle of beer (the type doesn't seem to matter but I like using Bud Light Lime because of the lime kick.)
1 (1.25 oz) package of taco seasoning or 1/4 cup of seasoning from a large container
1 rotisserie cooked chicken de-boned and shredded (or 3-4 cups of cooked, shredded chicken)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of water if needed depending on desired consistency
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker or Dutch oven and heat on low for 1-3 hours.
|Of course you also need a helper for stirring - the Baby loves this job.|
You can use a slow cooker, but if you are short on time you can also heat the contents in a Dutch oven as shown by my lovely assistant. By the way, yes, I do realize the Baby is wearing a candy cane shirt. What can I say? She is youngest of three. If she comes down the stairs with weather appropriate clothing and dressed herself, I'm cool. Most of the time anyway.
Below is a picture of the finished product topped with Mexican shredded cheese with a side of multi-grain tortilla chips. I know the beer in the soup sounds very weird. I thought so too at first, but it adds a really great flavor and the alcohol is cooked away during the simmer process.
|Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup|
|Thankfully they love this dinner!|