Here’s another ultra easy slow-cooker dinner for you- I loooove this soup when it’s cold outside. There’s something indulgent about spicy food from a tropical locale on a chilly day. I found this recipe on www.paleogrubs.com, so not only is it simple to prepare and loaded with protein and veggies, it’s paleo-friendly too! I don’t follow a paleo diet (obviously, if you’ve seen my other posts 🙂 so I add a side of whole grains- either brown rice or corn- so I don’t end up craving empty carbs later.
Another great thing about this soup is it freezes very well. I like to put the leftovers into single-serving containers and freeze them to take to work for lunches. This works out nicely because I don’t have to think too hard about packing lunches during some busy week in the future- I’ve got a few ready to go, and also because frozen soup won’t leak in my bag.
My co-worker, Brenda, shared a good idea for shredding chicken with me today- put the cooked chicken in the bowl of a mixer and use the beaters to shred it. She says it really works well and will not turn the chicken into baby food. I’m sure she’s right! I know my Ninja blender is supposed to be able to shred chicken too, but I’m pretty sure I’d end up with chicken puree rather than chewable meat.
There are a lot of options for toppings here, so I’m not going to list them in the recipe- avocado, shredded cheese, lime juice, tortilla strips, or sour cream. I like to use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream- I really don’t think they taste too different, and it’s so much healthier and we always have some in the house. I put a dollop of yogurt on my bowl tonight- yum! What topping ideas do you all have?
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1- 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
- 1/2 T minced garlic
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 T taco seasoning
Add all ingredients to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Use a fork (or mixer method referenced above) to shred the chicken before serving. Serve hot, and garnish with toppings of choice.