Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup


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Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken soup is filled with beans and brown rice and is flavored with spices and enchilada sauce.

If you love easy soup recipes, also try my lemon chicken and rice soup or my Zuppa Toscana recipe.

Mexican chicken soup with cilantro on top.

Hi all! How was your holiday? I’m so happy to be back to my regular grind, where I can pick what I want to make and be able to eat dinner in my PJs. This Mexican soup was the first recipe I made after the holiday. It’s not a heavy soup and it has healthy beans and brown rice in it, but trust me it doesn’t taste healthy!

pinto beans, tomatoes, green chiles and onion in a slow cooker

The most work you have to do for this soup is presoak the pinto beans. It takes a half pound of beans. Put the beans in a bowl covered in water before heading to bed.

tomato based chicken soup garnished with cilantro in a slow cooker

After the 9 hours of cooking time is done, I shred the chicken with 2 forks. Then I stir in 1 cup of Minute brand brown rice and cook for 45 minutes longer.

3 bowls of Mexican chicken soup.

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tomato based chicken soup in slow cooker

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 17 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Mexican chicken and rice soup slow cooked in the crockpot.

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 1/4 cup dried pinto beans, soaked overnight (see first step below)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 7 oz. can fire roasted diced chiles
  • 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce
  • 14.5 oz. can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
  • 32 oz. box chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup dry brown Minute Rice

Instructions 

  • The beans need to be soaked over night in water to help soften them up. Do this by adding the beans to a medium sized bowl and covering with water.
  • Add the soaked beans, chicken, chiles, enchilada sauce, stewed tomatoes, chicken broth, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and cumin to the slow cooker. Stir. DO NOT ADD MINUTE RICE YET.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 9 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Shred the chicken with 2 forks.
  • Add the dried brown Minute rice to the slow cooker, stir.
  • Cover and let cook on low for 45 minutes more.

Video

Notes

I only use Minute rice (instant) in the slow cooker. Regular rice tends to get gummy in the slow cooker.

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1039mg | Potassium: 985mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Mary Jo Reynolds says:

    5 stars
    So good…..definitely adding to my “favorites” collection. I used left over rotisserie chicken & added at the same time as the brown rice. Just the perfect heat level & didn’t need to add anything extra