We have had an unusually warm winter here in north east Texas, but we did get a light frost last night and I woke up chilled thinking it was a great day for a batch of soup to cook all day in the crock pot.  Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you…it is pretty much just a dump and cook recipe.  My family loves this soup and the leftovers freeze well.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, undrained

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (I use Lone Star because the rule at our house is we do not sacrifice a Dos Equis for cooking!-The Chickenman drinks Lone Star/I drink Dos Equis)

2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning***See below to make your own

3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts (you can put them in frozen!)

shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

sour cream (optional)

crushed tortilla chips (optional)

jalapeno (optional)

Directions 1. Place the onion, pinto beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

***I make my own taco seasoning:  1 tablespoon chili powder  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder  1/4 teaspoon onion powder  1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes  1/4 teaspoon dried oregano  1/2 teaspoon paprika  1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin  1 teaspoon sea salt  1 teaspoon black pepper

The guys are here working on our bathroom remodel and they are complaining about how wonderful it smells!

Have a great Meaty Monday!