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Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Chowder

Get out your slow cooker, this Southwest Chicken Chowder is a fix and forget it dinner recipe! Packed with potatoes, corn and chicken, you’ll love the kick of flavor from the jalapenos, salsa and taco seasoning!

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Get our your slow cooker, this Southwest Chicken Chowder is a fix and forget it dinner recipe! Packed with potatoes, corn and chicken, you'll love the kick of flavor from the jalapenos, salsa and taco seasoning!

Why this Recipe Works

  • Set it and forget it. Put everything in your crockpot and walk away while dinner cooks!
  • Hearty and flavorful. Taco seasoning adds the perfect kick to the creamy chicken chowder.
  • Nourishing and delicious. With plenty of protein and natural ingredients, this is a meal you’ll feel good about serving your family.
  • Make it your own. Add black beans, cream cheese or more cheese to customize your chowder to your heart’s content! It’s delicious every way.
Get our your slow cooker, this Southwest Chicken Chowder is a fix and forget it dinner recipe! Packed with potatoes, corn and chicken, you'll love the kick of flavor from the jalapenos, salsa and taco seasoning!

Ingredient Notes

Taco seasoning. I used my go-to Homemade Taco Seasoning to season the Slow Cooker Chicken Chowder. Store bought packets world great too.

Chicken. I prefer chicken breasts here, but boneless skinless thighs can also be used.

Cheddar cheese. Colby Jack, Monterrey or your favorite Mexican cheese blend works well too.

Tips & Tricks

  • Shred cheese yourself. Freshly shredded cheese melts into the chicken chowder so much better than store bought.
  • For a thicker chicken chowder: add 4 oz of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sour cream in the last 30 minutes of slow cooking.
  • Black bean chicken chowder. Add a can of black beans to the chowder for even more heartiness.

Serving Suggestions

Homemade chowder is a perfect vehicle for all your favorite southwestern toppings. Here are the toppings we love to load on to this chicken chowder just before serving.

  • Tortilla strips
  • Avocado slices
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream.
  • Fresh chopped cilantro.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store leftover chicken chowder?

Transfer leftovers to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy reheated within 3 days.

Can I freeze this chowder?

Yes, this chowder can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Can I use frozen chicken breasts?

Frozen chicken breasts would definitely work thin this chowder recipe! You may need to add more cooking time.

Will frozen corn work instead of canned?

Yes, I have made this with recipe with canned, frozen and fresh corn and it’s wonderful every way.

Creamy and hearty chowder that’s brimming with southwestern flavor! Chicken Chowder is an easy slow cooker recipe that’ll have everyone coming back to the kitchen for more!

Get our your slow cooker, this Southwest Chicken Chowder is a fix and forget it dinner recipe! Packed with potatoes, corn and chicken, you'll love the kick of flavor from the jalapenos, salsa and taco seasoning!

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Yield: serves 6-8

Southwest Chicken Chowder

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Get our your slow cooker, this Southwest Chicken Chowder is a fix and forget it dinner recipe! Packed with potatoes, corn and chicken, you'll love the kick of flavor from the jalapenos, salsa and taco seasoning!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups potatoes, washed and diced (about 3-4 potatoes)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 cans (15 oz) corn, drained
  • ½ cup salsa verde
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp taco seasoning (I use this recipe, but a packet from the store works too)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • avocado, diced, optional
  • 1 cup southwest tortilla strips, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large slow cooker, combine potatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, corn,. salsa, cumin, taco seasoning and chicken broth. Mix gently. Add chicken breasts. Cover and heat on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred chicken with a fork and add the heavy cream and 1 cup of shredded cheese to the soup, a few minutes before serving.
  3. Serve in bowls with additional cheese, avocado and tortilla strips, if desired. ENJOY.

Notes

**add in a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) to the slow cooker with the corn if desired **for a creamier chowder, add 4 oz cream cheese and ½ cup sour cream in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Stir and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 959mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on August 31, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. So sorry you’ve got a sick household! Doesn’t seem fair this early in the school year. I’m sure this will help them feel better!

  2. So sorry you guys are battling strep, hope they get well soon!! This soup looks so comforting and perfect for fall!!

  3. Every fall I say I am going to get out my crock pot and do some meals that way…maybe this year I will actually follow through with it!  Sorry to hear your kiddos are down with step. At least you had a long run without it before now.  Love this southwest twist to chicken soup!  I know my kids would love it too!

  4. I gotta try this one. FYI, pineapple juice works much better, in addition to popping extra Vitamin D. Hope you all feel better!

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