Crock-Pot Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
This simple slow cooker recipe is one I will be making over and over I am sure. The soup is perfect for a chilly day I think and was rather easy to come together.
The soup starts with some chicken broth (store bought or homemade) and then some diced onion, minced garlic and some simple spices such as cumin, salt, pepper and just a dash of cayenne. Then you toss in whole raw boneless skinless chicken breasts (or I suppose you could also use chicken thighs). Toss in some cooked black beans (canned or make them yourself), some frozen corn and let things simmer away for several hours.
Remove the chicken from the soup and let it cool just a few minutes and then shred or dice it (I decided to shred it) and add it back into the crockpot.
Next comes the magic…a slurry of masa harina and milk is whipped up and added to the soup as a thickener.
If you are unfamiliar with masa harina it is just a basic corn flour that is used in mostly Latin cooking to make delicious homemade corn tortillas, the dough for tamales, and other delicious and amazingly.wonderful.I.could.eat.Mexican.food.all.day dishes! 😉
But like I said…this slurry of masa harina and milk is added to your soup and at the same time you are going to add some oh so delicious cheese. Give it a stir and let it cook about 30 minutes longer. As it cooks things are going to get nice and creamy as the cheese melts and the masa does it’s job.
Oh yeah…the masa…it adds a nice corny tortilla flavor to your soup.
Now it is time to get to eating…ladle your soup into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. I opted to quick fry up a few corn tortillas that I cut into strips (you can also find packages of tortilla strips at the grocery store…they are usually located near the salad croutons – or you can use your favorite tortilla chips). I also added some extra cheddar cheese, some sliced avocado and some sliced green onions for freshness.
Other lovely topping ideas…chopped cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, salsa…or whatever your heart desires.
And dig in!