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This soup is a Southern Living favorite of ours that I adapted for the crock pot. It is so easy especially if you use leftover chicken or purchased rotisserie chicken. I only use the white meat.
1 tablespoon cumin seed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 14.5-ounce cans Mexican style stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped (I typically use the Mexican with lime Rotel brand.)
2 limes , shells and juice reserved
4 14-ounce cans chicken broth
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (leave chunky)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh jalapeno
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained, optional
Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, cubed avocado
Garnish: lime wedges
Toast cumin seed just in a dry skillet just until heated through and beginning to give off aroma. Do not burn! Set aside. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add vegetables, jalapeno and chicken broth to slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes and toasted cumin seed. Cut limes in half crosswise. Squeeze and strain lime juice and reserve for later; add lime shells to soup. Stir in chicken and cook on LOW 4 – 6 hours. (It will hold longer if needed.) Thirty to forty-five minutes before serving, remove the lime shells and stir in cilantro, salt and pepper, lime juice and black beans, if using. Cook until thoroughly heated, Serve with toppings and garnish, if desired. I usually serve this with corn chips. Hubby likes the ones that are lime flavored.
You may want to use half of the lime juice and taste before adding the remainder. It’s a matter of taste. This keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. It also freezes well.
Makes 12 cups.
Hubby came down with an awful stomach virus during the night, so we won’t be eating this for dinner tonight. Fortunately, it gets better after it sits for a day anyway. I seem to be the only one in the family that hasn’t been afflicted. Guess who’s next?
I don’t think it will be this guy:(