The weather throughout the U.S. over the past couple weeks has been absolutely crazy. In Boston, we had a snow storm, followed by rain, a warm spring-like day in the 50′s, and then bitter cold. I’m sure that wherever you are, you also experienced some type of out-of-the-ordinary weather conditions, or know someone who has.
While I don’t want to be a downer, I must say that these extreme weather patterns are quite frightening! It’s made me continue to think about what I can do to “reduce my global footprint,” and to not allow things to continue to exponentially decline.
When I realize the weather is just too cold to even brave going out the door, a giant pot of soup cooking in the slow-cooker all day long is exactly what I crave. We’ve enjoyed this soup a couple times and I’m always amazed at how easy it is to put together! Just dump in ingredients in the slow-cooker in the morning, shred some cheese when you’re ready to eat, and dig in! This soup could easily be made vegetarian but skipping the chicken as the black beans keep it hearty enough.
Slow-Cooker Black Bean and Chicken Tortilla Soup
Keywords: slow-cooker soup/stew entree beans cheese Southwest fall winter
Ingredients (4-6 servings)
- 1 lb. chicken breasts or thighs
- 32 oz. low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth
- 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- Cumin, to taste
- Chili powder, to taste
- Oregano, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Tortilla strips, for serving
1. Combine all ingredients except corn, cheese and tortilla strips into slow cooker. Turn on low and cook for about 7 hours, until chicken is fully cooked through.
2. Remove chick with tongs or a slotted spoon. Place on a cutting board and shred into small pieces, then return to the slow cooker. Mix in corn and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
3. Once corn is heated through (about 5-8 minutes), serve with cheese and tortilla strips and enjoy!
~What extreme weather conditions have you experienced?