Monday, October 20, 2014

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Nothing warms you up than to have dinner when you get home, and have it be a bit spicy!  I loved this soup, and so did The Hubby!  He STOLE my lunch for the next day!  Darn him!  My favorite part is that you make the enchilada sauce yourself (it's easy I promise!), and then the rest is just a put-in-the-crock-pot-and-go!

Chicken Enchilada Soup
 {Chicken Enchilada Soup}

Chicken Enchilada Soup
 {Garnish with whatever you like because between you and me, the above picture looks a bit boring!}

Two years ago:  Stifado (Greek Stew)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (use 1/4 if you don't like too much spice)
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1-6 oz tomato paste

2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
1 -15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion (local), chopped
1-4 ounce can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic (local), minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1-16 ounce package frozen corn (I used local corn that I froze)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish if desired
Tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese 
  1. Make the sauce by heating butter in a skillet until hot.  Add flour and spices and cook for 1 minute (basically making a spiced roux).  Add broth and tomato paste stirring to combine.  Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken and reduce for about 10 minutes.  Pull to the side to cool.
  2. Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, bay leaf, corn, and beans. 
  3. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Stir in cilantro right before serving.
  5. Top soup with crushed tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and more cilantro if desired. 
I could practically live on soup, but The Hubby cannot (it's not a meal, he says).  Which are you?  Do you love soup, or is it okay every now and then?

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