Friday, February 22, 2013

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

When we were first married my husband was invited to speak in a local church in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. One of the older couples invited us home for lunch along with another newly married couple. I remember thinking Linda really had it all together. She was a teacher and she talked about how she got most of her housework done before she left for school in the morning. I was working as a secretary and I got my hair most of the way done before I went to work!

What I didn't know was that that friendship would last over the years to this day. When we went to the mission field Linda began to write to me. She did this with three preschool daughters--the younger two were twins. And this was back in the day when you sat down with a pen and piece of paper to write a letter and then had to have sufficient postage to send the letter overseas.

Linda homeschooled her girls, canned her own homegrown food, and used a wood splitter in the summer to supply wood for the wood burning heater in her house for the winter. And hers was always the first Christmas card we received! (Usually in January because that's how things arrived in South America!)

On furloughs we were able to visit. I remember one meal where we had loads of preschoolers around the table--when they outnumber the adults it always seems like they have multiplied exponentially--and the milk spilled. Linda grabbed a rag and said, "Glad that's over with; happens every meal."

Our kids grew up and we became modern, progressing to email, and now Facebook for keeping in touch, along with the occasional visit now that we live just 3 1/2 hours apart instead of thousands of miles. 

Linda sent me this recipe. Maybe I've found her secret--easy meals! You don't even have to remember to thaw the chicken! I'll let her tell you about it, the italics are Linda talking.

"Here is an easy and good recipe that my mom cut out of the local paper.  I tried it last week and we really liked it and it was SIMPLE! I noticed on your blog that you like slow cooker recipes and thought about this one.  It's pretty forgiving and versatile with ingredients." 

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Soup

1 lb frozen chicken breasts (I used 2 breasts, could use whatever is on sale)
Mixture of 3 cans 15 oz. beans, drained and rinsed.  (Great northern, black, kidney, pinto, etc)
1 15 oz. can of corn, undrained. 
1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, undrained  (I used a qt. bag of frozen tomato sauce from the garden) Note: She's still canning!
1 pkg. taco seasoning (or more if you like it spicier!) 

"I added some green pepper, garlic and probably a little onion too.  I used only 2 cans of beans, but one was a big can and one was a small can.  Use whatever mixture you have on hand."

Place frozen chicken in bottom of slow cooker.  Add rest of ingredients. Cook on low for 6 hours.  When soup is done (when the chicken is done), fork shred the chicken.  Top with sour cream, salsa, and shredded cheddar cheese if desired. 

My helper, my granddaughter!

"We had soup for a couple of meals and then for the last bit we used it as a baked potato topper meal.  Was good that way too."

I've learned something else from my friendship with Linda: You never know who might be your long term friend!

Another serving option
An easy recipe is a great incentive to bring your family together around the table.

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  1. looks delicious!!

    stopping in from the more than mommies mixer and following :)

    The 5th Level of Motherhood

    1. Thanks for following, Melanie! Hope you get good use from the recipe.

  2. That looks really yummy! MTMM :)

  3. I am bookmarking this recipe for use this week! My daughter and I have a recipe for taco soup but made with ground beef. What a great idea to use chicken. Thanks!

  4. Looks delicious! I think I'll make this for supper tonight, while we watch the Oscars.

  5. I love the crockpot! It is the best thing ever invented!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  6. I love crock pot meals! Thanks for sharing!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

  7. I love Mexican and love using my Crock Pot. This sounds like a great recipe. Thanks.

  8. Hi! Followed you over from Chicken Babies Wed link up. This looks delicious and seems easy enough. I am a sucker for soup and everything made in a crock pot :)


  9. Yum. I love the fact you do not need to thaw the chicken. That thawing always gets me.


  10. This looks absolutely yummy! And your granddaughter is a doll!!!
    Selene @

  11. Nothing beats a crockpot for an easy meal! Thanks for linking with me!


  12. Crock pot is a great timesaver -- and so is not have to thaw ahead of time! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!



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