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Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup ~ a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 532kcal
Author Samantha Skaggs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 3 large chicken breasts fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic fresh OR refrigerated jarred
  • 2 cans (4-ounces each) mild diced green chiles
  • 1 can (10-ounces) mild diced tomatoes & green chiles (such as Rotel)
  • 1 jalapeño seeds & membranes removed and diced (optional)
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

RECOMMENDED GARNISHES:

  • Crushed tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese sharp cheddar, Monterrey Jack, etc.
  • Salsa
  • Fresh cilantro chopped

OPTIONAL GARNISHES:

  • Diced avocado
  • Guacamole
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Pico de gallo
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Additional sour cream

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain beans and place in the bottom of a large (7 to 8-quart) slow cooker. Lay chicken breasts on top, and add garlic, green chiles, Rotel, and jalapeño (if using) to the slow cooker. Carefully pour chicken broth over ingredients, and season mixture with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne (if using), and black pepper. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until chicken shreds easily and beans are tender.
  • A half hour before serving, remove chicken to a plate or cutting board. Stir sour cream into soup and replace lid of slow cooker. In the meantime, cut chicken into large chunks and shred it with two forks. Add chicken back to the soup and taste for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, or spices, if necessary. Cover and continue to cook for 30 more minutes.
  • Before serving, garnish soup with a mound of crushed tortilla chips, a pile of shredded cheese, a dollop of salsa, and a sprinkling of fresh chopped cilantro...plus any other toppings that appeal to you!

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 2099mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 719IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 8mg