Slow cooker chicken salsa soup – an easy-to-make, hearty soup for a cold winter day.
If there’s one thing I absolutely love about winter is that it’s soup season! I have a bunch of easy soup recipes that I just love. They’re simple to make and they taste delicious. Mmmm! There’s nothing like a crusty loaf of bread and a big bowl of hearty homemade soup after a cold winter day at the hockey rink or on the slopes.
This slow cooker soup recipe is perfect for a day like that. Just pop the ingredients in the pot before you head out the door, and you’ll return home to the perfect winter dinner just waiting to be served.
To make our Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Soup, you’ll need:
- 3-4 whole chicken breasts
- 28 oz. tin of stewed, diced tomatoes (I like the ones with the spices added, but use what you have on hand)
- 28 oz. of water (obviously we’re just using the tomato tin here)
- chicken bouillon (look on the packaging to see how much is needed for 28 oz of water)
- 1 cup of your favourite salsa
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- generous sprinkling of ground pepper
- salt to taste (add at the end of cooking)
- cup of pasta – I used bow-tie pasta this time (you could also use rice)
- dash (approx 1 tbsp) lemon juice or lime juice
- optional add-ins: black beans or lentils, celery, corn, carrots etc.
- optional garnishes: shredded carrots, avacado, cilantro, sour cream
*NOTE: if you’re leaving the house for the day, pre-cook your pasta and add it to the slow cooker when you get home, and heat through before serving. If you’re going to be at home, add UNCOOKED pasta, but don’t add it until the last 2 hours of cooking. That way it won’t be over-cooked.
Add your ingredients to the slow cooker, give it all a good stir, pop the lid on, and cook on low heat for 6 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
Before adding my pasta, I go through the soup with a pair of chicken shears to quickly chop the chicken into bite-size pieces.
Add your pasta (2 hours before serving for uncooked pasta, or shortly before serving for previously cooked pasta).
Top with one or two of the suggested garnishes and serve with a crusty loaf of bread!
And there you have it! An easy, hearty, no-fuss crock-pot recipe that your family will love.
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