Crockpot Main Dish Recipes

Crockpot Enchilada Soup

I am kind of all about soup right now. It’s so easy to put together, it reheats fantastically as leftovers, and I can justify making yet another item from my Pinterest board called “Carbs, Carbs, Carbs” to go along with it.

And if I can make it in the crockpot? Then it is truly the perfect thing to make when it’s January and you have a new baby and want to continue not making complicated meals for as long as humanly possible.

This one is a particularly great one because it’s jammed full of vegetables (it has some sour cream in it, but the creamy texture is really from the pureed vegetables and beans). And if you want it to be vegetarian, just go ahead and leave out the chicken. This soup is plenty flavorful enough without it.

We ate it twice this week, and I’m still happy to eat the leftovers today for lunch. And happily there are a few leftover rolls to eat with it too.

Crockpot Enchilada Soup
(adapted from It’s So Tasty Too!)

Serves 4-5

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1-2 chicken breasts (frozen is fine)
4 oz can diced green chilies
1/2 onion, diced
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
1 cup butternut squash (peeled and diced)
1 sweet red pepper, diced (I left it out this time because I didn’t have one)
3/4 cup dried white beans, rinsed (I used Great Northern)
2 cloves garlic
1 t. salt
1 t. ground cumin
1 T. taco seasoning (I generally make my own using this recipe)
1/2 cup sour cream

Put everything except the sour cream in the crockpot and let cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Remove the chicken breast(s), and puree everything else with an immersion blender or with a regular blender. Shred the chicken and add it back in.

Stir in the sour cream, salt to taste, and let warm through for a few minutes if needed.

Serve with tomatoes, shredded cheese, green onions, diced avocado, or other toppings. 

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  • Reply Amy January 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    This soup sounds so good right about now! I am always a little afraid to use dried beans in, well, anything to be honest… Will they be fully cooked or still be hard? Do you soak them or just throw them in?

  • Reply Mrs Gray January 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Sounds delicious! Do you use your stand mixer to shred your chicken? If not, you should try it–so simple and no clumps!

  • Reply Packrat January 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    One of my all-time favorite foods. I don't puree anything. Also, I don't use potatoes or squash, but that is an excellent idea. I serve mine with fresh cilantro, corn chips, avocado slices, and a wedge of lime to squeeze over the top.

  • Reply JoLee January 2, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Love your crockpot recipes! I am really into my crockpot right now. I made you white chicken chili for my family (parents, sister, etc) This Christmas, and they loved it. Thanks for feeding my family.

  • Reply Lexilooo January 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This sounds so good! I love making soups too. Last night, I made a chicken and rice soup with the carcass from the chicken we roasted the night before!

  • Reply Sammy January 3, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I'm dying to know, once it's pureed is there any hint of bean texture or just normal pureed soup? The husband doesn't do any form of beans. Can I sneak them in without him knowing?

    • Reply Meg February 7, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      I'm curious if you ever made this? I did tonight and it does have a slight gritty feel. I'm thinking I didn't cook it long enough (7 hours on low).

    • Reply Janssen February 8, 2013 at 2:06 am

      I'm so sorry to hear that! Mine didn't have that at all – I wonder if my crockpot just cooks hotter. If you're having grittiness, you might want to try soaking your beans overnight before putting them in.

  • Reply Dasha January 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    This look delicious! I love crock-pot everything! I just started following you, via your sister Merrick. Look forward to more great recipes!

  • Reply KT January 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    We had this for Sunday dinner last night and it was a huge success. Thanks!

  • Reply Claire January 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Yay! I love a good crockpot recipe 🙂

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