Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I went to a class on cooking with a crock pot. It was taught by the author of 101 Things To Do With A Crock Pot, Janet Eyring. It was very interesting, did you know that every time you lift the lid on your crock pot you add 30 minutes cooking time to the recipe? That would explain why dinner is late!
I made one of the recipes suggested and it was delicious. A perfect meal for a busy fall evening.

 Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
1 small can diced tomatoes
1 can enchilada sauce, 10 ounces
1 small can chopped green chilies
1 can chicken broth
1 can corn or frozen corn
1 onion diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried cilantro--look for this in the produce department
1 bay leaf

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-5 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese.
Janet Eyring—101 Things to do with a Slow Cooker

I asked Janet why the recipe called for cooked shredded chicken. She cooks a crock pot full of chicken breasts and shreds them. She then bags them in 2 cup portions and freezes them. So when she makes this recipe she just puts a bag of frozen shredded chicken in. Making it a very quick meal to assemble.
Candise tried it with frozen chicken tenders, she said it cooked perfect. She just took out the tenders before serving and shredded them and put them back in the soup. Candise added a can of drained black beans and served the soup with diced avocado and a splash of lime. Perfect.
Did you know it takes about 9 chicken tenders to equal a pound? I love my kitchen scale. When I made the soup I used homemade enchilada sauce, it was pretty warm, we liked it. Candise used a can of mild enchilada sauce, next time she would use either a medium or hot variety of enchilada sauce.
So friends, here is way more information than you probably need. Try this soup, it was delicious.


Amber said...

Sounds perfect for a chilly fall day when I'm at soccer practice during dinnertime! This will be on the menu in the next few weeks for sure!

Kayte said...

SOLD! Thanks for the recipe and for Candise's take on it as well. Definitely going on the menu as chilly days keep encroaching, would be lovely to come home to this after being at school teaching all day. Also, thanks for tip re lifting that lid and adding 30 minutes. The things I learn over here...and all of them good!

Candace said...

This is our favorite kind of soup. I love the idea of cooking all of the chicken breasts to put away in portions in the freezer. What a time saver to get dinner on the table! I start working again full time in a couple of weeks so the kind of tips you have shared here will make all the difference in my life. Thank YOU!

Delectably Green said...

I've never cooked with a crock pot - this soup looks SOOOO good - love the flavors

Nedra said...

I am always looking for good crock pot recipes. I will be giving this one a try very soon!

Anita Rowe Stafford said...

This soup sound really tasty! Wish I could have gone to that crock pot class with you!

Anonymous said...

This sounds yummy...especially on a cool fall day!

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Candise said...

Our 'spring' is still a little wintery - this soup is on the menu this week. It is delicious...and gluten free!

Amber @ said...

I love tortilla soup! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #9.
~Amber @