Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Slowcooker tortilla soup


You have got to make this soup, and I'm not just saying that because I invented it myself! Well, maybe I didn't really invent it, but I didn't have a recipe. It's one of those things I made as I went, with a general picture in my head, and it worked out great! I can't wait to make it again.

I'm a huge fan of slowcooker soups. They make life so much easier, especially during the school year. But I use the slowcooker year-round, usually once or twice every week. I love being able to send the Bear to work with leftovers for lunch. My slowcooker soups often contain leftover roasted chicken, since I typically make one of those every two or three weeks as our Sunday dinner. I roast my chickens very simply, with just lemon, butter, salt and pepper, so they'll be versatile for any soup I feel like throwing together. This tortilla soup is based mostly on pantry items I always have on hand, so it was quick and cheap to make, as well as tasty and healthy.



You'll need: 

1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped or put through press
2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1 10-oz. can enchilada sauce (red or green)
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz can corn kernels, drained
6 cups chicken broth
1 packet dry taco seasoning
1 cup instant rice
Limes
Shredded cheese
Tortilla chips

In slowcooker liner, mix all ingredients except rice, limes, cheese and chips. Stir well. Cook on HIGH setting for 4-6 hours (or do as I do, which is to cook on HIGH for about 3 hours, then reduce to LOW for the rest of the day; my slowcooker is old and has a dial with only HIGH and LOW settings).

About an hour before serving, stir in uncooked instant rice and the juice of one lime. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if desired.

Serve with lime wedges, shredded cheese and chips at the table.




I was so proud of this soup! Everyone enjoyed it, though I might use half the packet of taco seasoning next time, or look for the "mild" variety because it was a little on the spicy side. The Bear and I didn't mind, but the kids found it a little spicy. The lime juice really made the dish, though, I have to say. The whole flavor changed dramatically, for the better, with the addition of lime juice. We crumbled a few chips over our bowls, but you could put chips in the bowl and ladle the soup over. We used a Mexican-blend shredded cheese, but plain cheddar or even a Mexican cotija would be great here. We loved our soup on the night I cooked it, but it was even better the next day. The flavors blended more and it reheated nicely, a little thickened by the beans and rice. It was really good and couldn't have been easier. I hope you like it too.

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33 comments:

  1. Wow,it looks delicious! I'd be lost without my slow cooker. I would like to give this ago this Sunday or close enough to your recipe & then I can have some for lunch on Monday too.

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  2. I'm so going to give this a try Jennifer - it looks absolutely delicious !
    Kate xx

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  3. It looks amazing, I have saved the recipe for my daughter who has a slow cooker. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. That sounds delicious! I will be trying that :)

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  5. It sounds delicious and so straightforward to prepare too, some of these type of recipes have so many ingredients it puts me off, but I really like the sound of this one! xx

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  6. Thanks for the recipe - this will definitely appear on our table this week (husband is a big soup-lover ;-)) !!

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  7. This looks delicious Jennifer although I can't get all the ingredients I could adapt it a little and see what I come up with. I love using my slow cooker too. :)

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  8. It looks yummy, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing. :o)

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  9. I too am a huge fan of the slowcooker, I will certainly give your recipe a try!

    Helenxx

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  10. It looks delicious Jennifer. I love the idea of throwing everything in a slow cooker and coming back later to a finished meal - wonderful. I'm always wandering round the kitchen at 4pm thinking, "What can I make, what can I make". A slow cooked meal would be a luxury indeed. CJ xx

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  11. This could not have come at a better time for me - I used my new slowcooker for the first time yesterday and need ideas. I made chicken stew. It was nice but this looks nicer. Also - you have the best packaging on your tins! x

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  12. It sounds wonderful! I'm saving this - sounds perfect for our cold winter nights!

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  13. Hi Jennifer! The soup looks delicious!!! Looking at the ingredients, I can say that I will most likely love the taste due to the fact that I love ALL the ingredients, especially the limes! I must give this a go! I don't have a slowcooker, but that does not bother me.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  14. Okay, this looks amazing! I am definitely trying this recipe soon. I love cooking in my slow cooker during the cool/cold weather months.

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  15. Pinning it right now friend! I love my slow cooker!!!! Happy week you!! Nicole xoxo

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  16. Now my tummy is growling ... it looks delicious! We love tortilla soup - my recipe is also one I came up with myself. Tortilla soup seems like such a summer food, but we usually don't have soup until the weather really cools down.

    You're so right about the lime juice - it brightens the flavour and adds balance to the earthy flavours of the beans and the chili powder (which is in most taco seasonings). We had carnitas tonight (pork roasted in our ancient slow-cooker, also a Low-High model), and I made some pico de gallo with fresh lime juice. Though it stays in the background taste-wise, it really brings everything together. In fact I use lime juice in most of my Mexican-ish dishes - it's great in rice and beans too. :)

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  17. Great minds think alike - I made a mexican chicken soup for dinner tonight! So good on a cool night, isn't it?

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  18. Oh wow.. that looks delicious! I'll have to print that up and try to make it.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. I am really into soup at the moment. Maybe it's the changing seasons. I don't have a slow cooker, so may have to adapt this to stive top cooking. But it looks delicious. I really like spicy soups.
    Leanne xx

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  20. That does look delicious, I'll be trying your recipe. I love my slow cooker, they are so useful.

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  21. Fabulous recipe. It's now on my list .....whenever my sister gives me back my slowcooker which she borrowed in 2010!!! I'm on it though. Thanks for popping over to mine, Jennifer and leaving your sweet comment. It's ALWAYS lovely to hear from you. xxx

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  22. It looks delicious. I'm not really a soup maker but I might just give this one a go.

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  23. Love that soup, I add avocados just when I eat it. So good.
    Miss.

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  24. DH and I eat a LOT of soup and this sounds delicious, so I've bookmarked it and will attempt to change cups to British measures. :)

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  25. Clearly I need to get a slow cooker soon!

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  26. This soup looks delicious, and I love that it's done in the slow cooker. My favourite way to cook things, especially in the fall and winter!

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  27. Hi there. I clicked over from CJs blog, getting lost in the internet as usual. But I'm happy I found your page because I love soup and this one sounds right up my alley and not too complicated. Thanks! Maybe we'll have it this week :)

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  28. Your soup looks delicious. I make a mean taco soup, it is very similar and I just love it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  29. This looks delicious...I love to eat soup in the colder months. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Marianne x

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  30. Mmmmm looks delicious! I love soup. Bee xx

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  31. Your soup sounds super tasty! I have yet to venture in to the world of the slow cooker, I think it's because my hubby is vegetarian and my head thinks meat when I think of the slow cooker... it seems like a wonderful easy way to cook though... maybe I should investigate more! x

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