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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fall Soups

A few of you asked for the recipes to the soups I had at Bunco the other night.  I almost took some pictures as I made them, (with the blog in mind, of course) but I didn't have time in the crazy day of non-napping girls.

Fiesta Chicken Corn Chowder

2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
3 cans of milk
One packet of taco seasonings
One can of corn
Chicken (I use a rotisserie)
A large handful of fresh Cilantro

Mix soup, milk, taco seasoning and cilantro in a crock pot or on the stove. Add corn and chicken and let simmer to blend the flavors.  Serve with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips as a garnish.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
4 chicken breast halves
1 garlic clove, minced  (I have used granulated garlic in a pinch. About 1/2 Tbs.)
2 Tbsp. margarine
2 (14 ½ oz) cans chicken broth
2 (14 ½ oz) cans chopped stewed tomatoes
1 cup salsa
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese
Sour cream
Tortilla chips

Cook the chicken and shred or cut up. Add minced garlic to the margarine in the slow cooker and saut√©. Combine all ingredients except cheese, sour cream & chips. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. When you’re ready to eat add the cheese to the bowl and pour the soup over and then add your garnishes (sour cream & chips).

*I Have used diced tomatoes with green chiles and just added a can of tomato sauce. Works great!

Great Grandma Butler's Split Pea Soup
1lb dried split peas

5 Cups chicken broth
2 1/2 Cups water
1 medium onion stuffed with 12 cloves
2 celery ribs, diced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced ( I use 2-4 foot-long)
2 garlic cloves, cut in half

1 meaty ham hock
2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp salt

Soak peas in chicken broth and water overnight. Place peas and liquid, ham hock, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, bay leaves and salt in slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours. Remove onion with cloves and bay leaves, discard. Remove ham hock and dice meat. (if you have it, I put in extra ham) Put vegetables and peas through blender until smooth. Return soup and diced ham to slow cooker and heat to serving temperature.

*This is a great way to use the leftover ham bone after Christmas or Easter dinner.  Just leave whatever meat on it and throw it in the freezer to use at a later time. Or, make up the soup the next day.


  1. Do you know how glad I am to see crockpot recipes? I was just talking about this today --- almost everything I've used the crockpot for was a new recipe experiment and a real bummer. Thank you!