Chicken Enchilada Soup

My mom runs this fancy little Facebook page called Cucina Facile, and she posts recipes all the time. It’s mainly for Italian dishes that she and her friends and family cook, but they’ll often share other kinds of foods.

One of the gems she shared was a recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup. She got the original recipe from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice, and it was so delicious! I knew I had to share it with you!

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small can Ro-tel/diced tomatoes & green chiles
4 cups chicken broth
1 package boneless chicken breasts
2 cups corn (my mom accidentally put in two cans!)
1 can black beans
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano, crushed between fingertips
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Monterrey jack
1 cup sour cream

NOTE: My mother did not cook this in a slow cooker. She just used a pot and took 1/3 the time to cook this. You can either do that, throw everything in at the same time (saving the sour cream and cheese for the end), or use the following directions from the original recipe.

Directions
1. In a medium skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile to your crock-pot add the Ro-tel, chicken broth, chicken, corn, black beans (if using), chile powder, cumin, oregano and 1 teaspoon coarse salt or 1/2 teaspoon fine and about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix in the cooked onions, peppers and garlic.
3. Cook on high 3 – 4 hour or low 5 – 6. Remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board. Stir the cheese and sour cream into the soup. Shred the chicken or cut into bite-sized pieces and add back to the pot. Taste and season as needed. Cook 1 more hour on low heat.
4. Serve garnished with more cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips and avocado if desired.

The entire house smelled like a restaurant when Mom made this. I can’t stress enough how delicious this was! I can’t wait to make it when my boyfriend moves here!

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