Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

1st Corinthians 13:  we have all heard this before.  Weddings, funerals, weekly mandatory Bible memorizations for your childhood Christian classes (anyone else? Just me?) – it is the most widely-quoted chapter in the entire Bible.
In case you’ve been living under a rock all of your life, here’s the highlighted portion (yes, I am typing this from memory):

Love is patient, love is kind.

Is does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily-angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love never fails.

But what does this truly mean? I’ve known this passage for so long that I’ve never really thought about the words. Not until today anyway, when my little brother got married.
That’s a topic for another day, of course, but I was thinking about how and why two people come together, and decide to spend the rest of their lives together, what that love really means.

Love is patient. Love is kind. The first adjective in the lineup. I completely agree with this one, as this is my focal point with my loved ones as well. Everyone needs patience, regardless of their situation.

Is does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  This speaks to the humility of love.  If you love someone, you are not too big, up your own rear end to admit that you are wrong, you don’t brag about something or rub it in his/her face when you’re right, and you’re satisfied with what you have.

It is not rude, show some respect.

it is not self-seeking, it isn’t a selfish prick, but values the idea of a partnership.

it is not easily-angered, that calm, patient, loving tone is needed, always.

it keeps no record of wrongs. Forgiveness, and realizing that everyone makes mistakes.   Better than that, you should never, NEVER, bring up past fights.  Ever.

Love never fails.  If it’s true, it will prevail.

Now, I am not married.  I’m nowhere close.  But I hope to be someday, and I hope that I will have strong, beautiful relationship that embodies all of the descriptions of love, Biblical or otherwise.  And I hope that when I am sick, he will make my favorite soup for me:  chicken tortilla soup.  I have been making this soup for years now, and it never fails to make me feel better (at least my tummy!).

Enjoy, lovebirds!  And a special congrats to my bro and new sister, Stephen and Shelby!


Materials:

  • cutting board and two forks
  • tongs
  • slow cooker
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 c water
  • 1 jar salsa (any kind)
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1 T garlic
  • 2 cans beans, drained (any kind– I prefer black and kidney)
  • cumin and chili pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

add-ons:  tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado slices, fresh cilantro, sour cream… anything you want!

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker.    FullSizeRender
  2. Add all ingredients (except the “add-ons”). FullSizeRender (6) Cook on low for at least 5 hours, or on high for at least 3 hours.
  3. Using tongs, remove chicken.  Shred on a cutting board using two forks.  (For a tutorial, you can refer to this.) Add chicken and continue to cook on low for at least one more hour.FullSizeRender (7)
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and anything else you may like! FullSizeRender (8)
  5. Enjoy!FullSizeRender (9)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • cutting board and two forks
  • tongs
  • slow cooker
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 c water
  • 1 jar salsa (any kind)
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 1 T garlic
  • 2 cans beans, drained (any kind– I prefer black and kidney)
  • cumin and chili pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

add-ons:  tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado slices, fresh cilantro, sour cream… anything you want!

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Add all ingredients (except the “add-ons”).  Cook on low for at least 5 hours, or on high for at least 3 hours.
  3. Using tongs, remove chicken.  Shred on a cutting board using two forks.  (For a tutorial, you can refer to this.) Add chicken and continue to cook on low for at least one more hour.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and anything else you may like!
  5. Enjoy!

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