Thursday, February 6, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Chowder {Nacho-style!}

I have another yummy recipe for you today--I may or may not be buying time until I'm ready to post the bathroom reveal.

This one is easy to put to together, cooks in your slow cooker and is delicious served over crispy tortilla chips with shredded cheese, chopped avocado and sour cream. It's thicker than other chicken enchilada soup recipes out there, so it won't immediately make the chips soggy. I used cannellini beans {white kidney beans, basically} in order to hide them from the fam, and it pretty much worked--I didn't get as many complaints as I do if I use black or pinto beans.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Chowder
(1) 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
(1) 4 oz. can diced green chilies
(1) 15 oz. can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
1-2 cups frozen corn
2 T. dry chopped onion
1 t. garlic salt
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen okay)
(1) 20 oz. can mild red enchilada sauce
(1) 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
1 c. milk
2 t. chicken bouillon granules or 2 cubes
2 T. butter, melted

Dump tomatoes, chilies, beans, corn, onion and garlic salt in bottom of slow cooker. Place chicken breasts on top. Mix together enchilada sauce, soup, milk, butter and chicken bouillon in a small bowl. Pour over top of chicken and cover the cooker. Cook 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Remove chicken from pot and shred, then add back into slow cooker.

To serve, place crispy tortilla chips (we like the Don Julio extra-crispy white chips in the blue bag) in a bowl. Top chips with shredded cheddar-jack cheese. Scoop some chicken chowder over the chips and cheese, then top with more cheese, chopped avocado and sour cream as desired.


  1. When you say "frozen okay", it's it okay tho put frozen chicken in the slow cooker? And then, if you do, do you need to adjust the time or anything else? Thanks :) I was hoping to enjoy this for dinner tonight.

  2. Thanks for your comment! Yes, I always put frozen chicken breasts/thighs/tenders in my slow cooker and have never had any problems. Good luck!

  3. I used frozen chicken breasts for this recipe, and cooked it just as outlined in the recipe. Sometimes with other recipes using frozen chicken, I have put the slow cooker on high for the first hour and then turned it to low. So that's an option.


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