Healthy Fiesta Chicken Soup | Slow Cooker

Fiesta Chicken Soup | Slow Cooker

I feel like I always default to Mexican recipes when I want to make a big batch of something.  There’s something about all of the spices and delicious heat that gets me every time.  I rarely find one that I don’t like.

Here’s a little menu planning tip that I use {this may be really obvious, but I feel like sometimes you forget to do the most obvious things until someone reminds you}.  I always start with the biggest batch of something on a Monday, so that we have leftovers for multiple days afterwards to get through the week.  Then I don’t have to worry about supplying lunches as much until later.  I often make a box of pasta on Wednesdays and that will last through the rest of the week if the other recipes don’t.  Voila, lunches for three for the week.

Fiesta Chicken Soup | Slow Cooker

So, getting back to it, the Monday meal usually ends up being something Mexican.  Like this soup.  Because I know that I {and the kid and the hubby} will eat it for multiple days in a row without complaining.  Or leaving it in the fridge and grabbing something else.

This recipe is pretty much as healthy as it gets, which is one of the awesome things about soups.  You can throw together a bunch of veggies, lean meat, some chicken broth and some spices and everyone will eat them by the spoonful without dissecting every little ingredient and only eating this part or that part.  Am I the only one who feels like they’re often rinsing plates with only the veggies left stuck to them?

Fiesta Chicken Soup | Slow Cooker

The other awesome thing about soups is…holy smokes it’s September tomorrow guys!  So I officially can make them without being that person who makes soup in the middle of the summer.  And if you’re not that person, save this one for another month or two, when the chill comes back into the air.  You’ll thank me then.

It was also absolutely delicious, and made a great amount of leftovers for us for the rest of the week.  So it was clearly a win, win.  Oh, and a throw in and go slow cooker recipe.  So win, win, win.

Fiesta Chicken Soup | Slow Cooker

 

Fiesta Chicken Soup
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Recipe type: Entree, Starter
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts {I use frozen}
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped, plus more to garnish
  • Optional: cilantro, avocado and light mexican blend cheese to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except cilantro in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cook for 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low {less if cooking with fresh chicken rather than frozen}
  3. Shred chicken with forks
  4. Stir in cilantro and let cook for another 5-10 minutes
  5. Serve hot, and top with cilantro, avocado, and cheese as desired.

Fiesta Chicken Soup | Slow Cooker

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