Hired Help

Ever fantasize about what household chores you’d hire out if money was no object? Gardener? Butler? Chef? Maid? (Andy, in case you’re reading, if an oil well ever springs up in the backyard, we’re getting someone else to clean this place.) 

There are some days when I truly wonder what I’d do without my crockpot. It’s like having a personal chef, except for that whole do-your-own-dishes thing. I don’t use it every day, or even every week, but there are definitely days when I think its inventor should have been nominated for sainthood it comes in handy. Especially on those nights where we get home from work, wolf something down and run right back out the door.

This soup is great for those nights – it’s hearty and filling, on the healthy side, and, as an added bonus, it doesn’t taste like mush after hanging out for 10 hours! It’s also easy to throw together in the morning before work, and on the Andy scale, it gets six out of five stars!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup 

1 onion, chopped
1 15 oz. can chili beans
1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can of corn, rinsed and drained (or approximately 2 cups of frozen corn; I use one of the packages of corn that my grandma freezes for me each year)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 15 oz. can diced tomato with green chilies, undrained
1 1.25 oz. package of taco seasoning (or an equivalent amount of homemade taco seasoning. I use Annie’s recipe)
12 oz. chicken broth
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 large (or 2 small) boneless skinless chicken breasts

Required Suggested toppings: 
Chopped avocado
Crushed tortilla chips
Shredded cheese
Sour cream

In a large crockpot (I believe mine is the five quart size), combine the onions, beans, corn, tomato sauce, tomatoes, chicken broth and taco seasoning. Nestle the chicken breasts into this mixture until they are just covered. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Before serving, remove the cooked chicken from the crockpot and shred with two forks. Add the shredded chicken back into the soup and stir to combine.

Serve warm with desired toppings.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

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