|Tortilla chips for garnish.|
Chicken Tortilla Soup is probably the easiest recipe I own, and it's delicious! I have to be honest, there are no actual tortillas in this soup- only sprinkled on top as a garnish. I tried fervently to think of other, more creative names, some possibilities included; Confetti Soup, Mexican Fiesta Soup, or Latin Delight! But the further I got away from the original name, the closer I got to a recipe that sounded like a hispanic soap opera.
And so, Chicken Tortilla Soup it is. But what it lacks in name elegance, it makes up for in taste, price and convenience. Every time I prepare this, which is usually for a big group of guests, I run out. That is a testimony to it's greatness. In fact, I made this recently for an impromptu dinner party and barely had enough left for a final photo in this blog. To quote my eloquent, educated, two masters degree and one bachelor in English Literature husband, "This recipe is awesome and easy. You just slop cans in the Crock-Pot! An idiot could do this."
Chicken Tortilla Soup
|Cast of characters: 2 cans black bean, 2 cans corn, 2 cans refried beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, low-sodium chicken broth, some shredded chicken, assorted spices, (plus Coco the cat). Note: Use low sodium variety on all canned goods if possible.|
|2 cans corn and and 2 cans tomatoes into Crockpot. Undrained.|
|2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained.|
|Add shredded cooked chicken. I had some in my freezer from a previous recipe Kitchen Sink Chicken, or you could use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Then fill to the top of Crockpot with chicken broth. (You can also leave the chicken out and use vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian!)|
|Spice it up! Add a big handful of cumin. Then salt and pepper liberally to taste. Cook on high in Crockpot for 2-3 hours and stir occasionally. Optional additions for extra pizzazz : can of diced green chiles, 1/2 packet of taco seasoning, cup of salsa, can of cream of chicken soup, cup of salsa verde, an extra can of pinto or kidney beans.|
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips. Enjoy!
With cold weather approaching, I plan on posting lots of new and creative Crock-Pot recipes. Desserts, entrees, appetizers, even beverages! One of my favorite resources is Ginger over at The Crock-Pot Recipe Exchange, check her out sometime.
I'd love to know your favorite Crock-Pot staple recipes? (Especially when you're tired and need a break from cooking!)