Slow cooker chicken salsa soup – an easy-to-make, hearty soup for a cold winter day. This delicious mexican soup is made in the slow cooker, meaning you can come home to a hot lunch or dinner after a day at work or a day spent outdoors. There’s nothing like a bowl of homemade soup at the end of a cold, winter day.
If there’s one thing I love about winter it’s 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 thick slice of homemade bread and a big ol’ hearty bowl of soup after a day at the rink or on the slopes.
Because this is a slow-cooker recipe, this soup is perfect for a day like that. You can pop the ingredients into your crockpot before you leave the house, and you’ll return home to the perfect winter dinner just waiting to be served.
My whole family loves this Chicken Salsa soup. It’s hearty and “grown-up” enough for the adults, but it pleases the picky eaters too. Plus, it’s a soup with a Mexican flair, and we’re all fans of Mexican food here.
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.
Looking for more delicious, homemade soup recipes? Try our:
Zuppa Toscana – an Olive Garden Knock Off Recipe
Hearty Butternut Squash and Potato Soup
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I would love to see a printer friendly version of this recipe. Please and thank you!!!
I’d love to give you one, Sandra, but I have no idea how to make a printable. It’s one of the things on my never-ending to-do list. 🙂
How many will this serve? I am going to make it for a party Saturday.
It’s been a while since I made it, Christine, so I can’t remember for sure, but judging by the amount of liquid and the other ingredients in it, I’d think you’d be able to get 6-8 servings out of it. Maybe more if you’re just serving it as an appetizer.
Most of the time you can highlight the recipe (even the picture in this case since it is right on top) and just hit the print button on your print button on your computer. Just tried it and it worked like a charm on this recipe.
Can’t wait to try this, it looks so yummy!
When I can’t print a recipe I just copy and paste it to word doc and then print it off tah dah!! This soup looks amazing I am going to try it ..so easy too thanks for sharing ..I pinned it 🙂
What is this serving size?
Hi! Do you use 1 cup of dry pasta to add to the slow cooker? Can’t wait to try this…looks delicious!
do you put the chicken breasts in raw with all the ingredients in the slow cooker? Do they cook all the way through?
I made this last night definitely my favorite recipe for the slow cooker !! Im writing this one down i dont want to forget it thanks so much
Ok, so maybe this is a stupid question but here it goes. Do you but in the chicken breasts raw or already cooked?