Salsa Chicken & Black Bean Soup

I was trying to decide whether I love this recipe because it’s crazy easy to make, just plain tasty, or healthy (which can be hard to come by, as far as crock pot recipes go). Then I figured it’s probably not a bad thing if I can’t decide.

I originally found the recipe while looking for a black bean soup to make for my soup-loving husband. I made a couple recipes that required a lot of ingredients (several of which I didn’t usually have on hand) but tasted pretty bland. Then I found this one. The recipe comes from Stephanie of Crockpot 365, and it has “1.2K” likes on facebook. (Kind of blows your mind, right?) For having so few ingredients, it’s really flavorful. I suppose the salsa does a lot of the work for you. I’ll take it!


Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup
Adapted slightly from Crockpot 365

1 pound chicken (*I just do one chicken breast)
1 cup dried black beans (or 2 cans, drained and rinsed)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup frozen corn
1 jar prepared salsa (16 oz)
1 1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 cup sour cream (to stir in at the end)
Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, avocado slices, cilantro, green onions, broken tortialla chips, fresh lime to squeeze over the top

1. In a small saucepan, cover the dried beans with water, to one inch above the beans. Cover with lid, and let sit overnight.

2. In the morning, drain and rinse beans. Add to crock pot, along with all other ingredients except sour cream and toppings. Turn crock pot on to high, and cook for up to 9 hours. (*Depending on altitude and hardness of your water, your beans may need this much time to get soft. Here in California, my soup is ready to serve after about 5 hours, which is when I switch it to low and just wait until dinnertime.)

3. When you’re about ready to serve, stir in the sour cream. Spoon soup into bowls, and go crazy with toppings! (*Seriously, toppings are key!)

*Also, the originator of the recipe suggests is the comments adding two slices of uncured, raw bacon, trimmed of some of the fat and diced—at the beginning. I just noticed that idea in the comments, so I haven’t tried it. But it could be a fun addition!

This amount serves my family of four healthy-eaters nicely, but it’s not a huge recipe, so double it if you have more people. Enjoy!

This recipe marks three out of five of the best crock recipes the internet has to offer—as far as I can find, at least! For the other two, check out Honey Sesame Chicken and Pulled Pork Sandwiches. (Mmmm…) 

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  • Alana @ Domestic Bliss Diaries
    June 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Sounds delicious! I’m always looking for easy, delicious, and healthy recipes to serve my boys {boys being 1 hubby + 1 kiddo}. Made using only a handful of ingredients is also an important must.

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll let you know when I make this!

  • Emily S.
    June 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Wow, this sounds amazing! Definitely will be trying this!

  • Malerie
    June 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Yum. Thanks! Matt loves salsa and black beans, so this is a sure winner.

  • Flower Patch Farmgirl
    June 12, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I’m on it!

  • Cheri
    June 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks, Erica! This soup is so good. Thanks for making it for me! You are a good cook. Rachel made it just yesterday and shared with us, too. Have you already shared your chocolate chip cookie recipe?!

  • Paula
    June 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    This looks really good. I love easy recipes like this one that don’t use many ingredients. I need to use my slow cooker more often!

  • Sarah
    June 15, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so good! I was a little hesitant because I don’t like spicy and I really don’t like salsa. But I just couldn’t resist the simplicity of it all. This is definitely a keeper at our house now. Jon devoured his bowl and then told me it was amazing. He usually likes my cooking, but I’ve never gotten that compliment before. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Erica {let why lead}
      June 15, 2012 at 5:39 am

      That’s so fun! Thanks so much for telling me, Sarah! I’m really you guys liked it!