Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chicken Enchilada Soup

     This soup is so good. Especially on a day like today. It can't make up it's mind to rain or snow and there is a strong wind blowing. The soup is perfect for warming the body up after coming in from the cold.

Crock-pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

1 1/2 Cup dry Pinto beans
1/2    Cup dry Kidney beans
2       Cups of diced cooked chicken
1/2    Cup of onion chopped
1       Teaspoon of chicken seasoning
1/2    Teaspoon of chili powder
1/4    Teaspoon of Cumin
1/4    Teaspoon of Oregano
4       Cups of water or more if needed
1       14.5 oz can diced stewed tomatoes
* Salt and garlic powder to taste.
* Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce to taste.
Graded Cheddar cheese and Sour cream.
Corn Tortillas

     Boil beans in pot on stove top until almost cooked. (About 45minutes). While boiling the beans, boil the chicken that you are using as well. (Most of the time I use left over chicken from dinner the evening before. So my chicken is usually all ready cooked.) If not then a skinned and no bones half breast is just about the right size.(It's really to your preference. If you want more beans and chicken then add more if you want.) When the beans and chicken are done on the stove top then pour the whole pot of beans, juice and all into the crock-pot.  Remove the chicken from it's pot and let cool so it can be diced up, then after dicing add it to the crock-pot as well.
     Chop up about a 1/2 cup of onion. ( Again this is preference. If you add more beans and chicken then add a little bit more onion.) I have added the onion fresh cut and I have also sautee'd the onion in a tablespoon of oil and then added it to the crock-pot. (Good both ways.)
     Add the chicken seasoning, chili powder, cumin, oregano, water and can of diced tomatoes. Stir and then add garlic powder and salt to taste. My family loves garlic so we put in quite a bit.
     Finally add the Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce but only if you like spicy. (It is very spicy.)
     Turn your crock-pot to high and let cook for 5 to 6 hours.

*Serve with graded cheddar cheese and a spoonful of sour cream.
*Warm up some corn tortillas to serve with the soup also or add in some crushed up tortilla chips or Fritos.
     I set this up in my crock-pot and leave for work or to go grocery shopping and by the time I get home it's all done. The house smells so good when I walk in after getting back home or from being outside on cold day like today.

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