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Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

This zesty soup is loaded with chicken, corn and black beans in a mildly spicy red broth. As a busy mom of three young children, I'm always looking for dinner recipes that can be prepared in the morning. The kids love the taco-like taste of this easy soup. —Marlene Kane, Lainesburg, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3 hours YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 can (32 ounces) V8 juice
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Directions

  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute chicken in oil until no longer pink. Add water and taco seasoning; simmer, uncovered, until chicken is well coated.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the V8 juice, salsa, beans and corn. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through. Serve with cheese, sour cream and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups with 1 tablespoon each cheese and sour cream and 1 teaspoon cilantro equals 345 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 1,315 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Reviews for Mexican Chicken Soup

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"I will absolutely make this again, but since I like my soup in the thick side, I will skip the water. Rather than V8, I used cream of chicken soup since my family isn't much on V8 and tomato products. But I did keep in the salsa. Instead of just eating it like soup, we dipped some tortilla chips in as well. Even my 2 year old enjoyed that! And can't beat the convenience of using the slow cooker."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Great taste, easy to make. My whole family voted it a keeper. It's been on our regular menu for several months now."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"Very easy to make and flavorful. I used the Perdue Shortcuts Southwest seasoned chicken. I buy them only when they are on sale and I have coupons, so I'm usually stocked up in the freezer. Definitely a keeper. Next time I will make it in a soup pot instead of a slow cooker and maybe add a little green chilles."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"Very tasty and simple to make. Great with tortilla chip scoops!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Surprisingly flavorful given the few ingredients. Definite keeper! I left out the corn but served with corn bread on the side."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"This was awesome. Easy and super tasty. Loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"GOOD CHOICE.Alton Brown is a fantastic Chef on food network. I follow him often !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"See my reply below. But in short, no tomatoe sauce is NOT a good sub for V8 see choices below"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"To answer you question about Mexican chicken soup, .....No I actually would NOT sub tomato sauce for V8. It is an entirely differt taste. BUT you do have a few good options. 1) you could try low sodium V8 to cut out a few hundred mg. of sodium. OR 2) you could use Rotel diced tomatoes, found in the Mexican isle. If you have not used Rotel tomatoes before there are a few things to know about the variations in types of Rotel tomatoes. The "ORIGINAL " variety is quite spicy hot. The variety that says with lime juice, cilantro, and zesty jalapenos sounds hot but is actually not too spicy at all. It has a mild kick but not hot.and very little taste of cilantro. I am not a fan of hot spicy food and i dislike cilantro, but this variety is good.  The "mild" is VERY BLAND...too bland.. So I would chose one of the Rotel varieties,then add 1 to 2 T. of low sodium worcestershire sauce. The taste will be somewhat similar. Hope those choices help."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"This may be tasty, but is OFF THE CHART IN Sodium. The big deal w/ that is, it is actually dangerous for ANYONE with heart problems OR EVEN INCREASED RISK for heart problems. But the good news is you can cut the sodium level in half by using low sodium V8 instead of regular V8.. Then try 1 to1·1/2 T cumin,1T. oregano, & 1T. garlic powder & a pinch of chili powder in place of the taco seasoning. OR check out some taco recipes on line. Most people actually prefer the home made taco seasoning over the envelopes. One word of caution do no sub NO sodium V8 ....it is nasty . The low sodium V8 is actually quite good. Adding in veggies of choice, like green peppers also adds flavor and cuts the sodium per serving down a little more."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"Delicious! My husband and I love spicy food so I used Hot salsa and Hot taco seasoning. Thanks for sharing!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"This is great...Everyone lo end it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"Not really a review, but a question. Can you substitute tomato sauce for the V8 juice?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2014 Edited May. 17, 2014

"Made this last night for my family & even my picky 16-year-old daughter loved it! Even my health-conscious 28-year-old son who's temporarily staying with us loved it! I made only two changes: used 2 Tbsp. of oil for browning the chicken, & used my homemade taco seasoning rather than store-bought. We also used regular Fritos in the soup as we enjoy these chips. I'll be making this often!

kgeiger, if I were you, I'd substitute tomato juice rather than tomato sauce. Good luck!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Very good, very filling. Eye appealing too! Add tortilla chips to soup to make it almost an chicken enchilada soup"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"Great recipe...mixes up quick. Have used my crockpot and stovetop. Worked great both ways!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"This soup is awesome!!! My children loved it sprinkled with sharp cheese and tortilla chips on the side!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"This is a great soup that has great mexican flavor and not too spicy. I love it on a cold day with tortilla chips on the side."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"This soup has been made twice and my husband raves about it. I am not a soup lover in general but this one is outstanding. Low sodium beans and veggie juice are used and some cut up red peppers are added as well. Will bring some portions to my grown children this evening."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"I used items that I had in my pantry and this is a keeper! I used chicken thighs, organic black bean and corn salsa, chicken broth (low sodium) and a can Mexican stewed tomato's low sodium, and 1 12 oz can of V8. I used all other recipe ingredients I cooked it on the stove at low temp. Before serving I used some crushed tortilla chips in bottom of bowl then added the soup. Used Mexican shredded cheese and sliced avocado on top. Hubby said it was a keeper and gave it a gold star. Very rare for him to say anything except 'It's ok" ! :) Going to make this for the grandkids!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"Found this recipe sorely lacking any particular taste. Added oregano and cumin...but very disappointed. Won't prepare again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"This is outstanding! I used rotisserie chicken breast, D.L. Jardine's Ole' Chipotle Salsa, and the homemade taco seasoning mentioned in a past comment. Wonderful flavor and spicy due to the choice of salsa."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"Very quick, easy, and delicious recipe. We didn't obsess about the salt and fat, but most around our table found they preferred it without much (or any) grated cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"For my large family I add a little more water and more vegies. Too salty? just add a raw potato, cut in quarters @ the beginning of the 3-4 hours of in the slow cooker, soaks up

excess salt. There's lots of things you can do to cut corners and/or suit the tastes of your kids. Top the soup w/ taco chips from a bg. OUTRAGEOUS !!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"I used a 1:1 ratio of chicken breasts and tenders, homemade taco seasoning, and a jar of Paul Newman's medium chunky salsa. Absolutely delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"This was so easy and so yummy...I definetly recommend people make it al least once! I added mild Ro Tel instead of salsa!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"This is really delicious. I used regular taco seasoning instead of low-salt and didn't find it too salty at all."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"To reduce the salt in this recipe, make your own taco seasoning so you can control the salt. There are several recipes to be found on this site."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"This sounds really good. But there's way too much salt. And I can't see where to eliminate some of it. Too bad."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"I added Mexicorn for flavor and brown rice to make it more of a meal. I love this recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Good but need more substance, like more veggies or something."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"I saved this in my recipe box to try somtime, and we all loved it! It was perfect for a cool fall day, when a warm soup hits the spot!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"This soup was so delicious and easy to make. We added tortilla chips to ours and everyone loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I did not have time to precook the chicken; instead I put the cut up chicken into the slow cooker, sprinkled the taco seasoning over the chicken, and stirred it together until all the pieces were well coated. I then put in the rest of the ingredients (including one sweet onion, coarsely chopped) into the slow cooker. Turned it on low and let it cook for 8 hours. It turned out to be more of a chicken chili than a soup, which is fine with me. Very good recipe. I will definitely make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"a 1/2 cup of mesa meal helps to thicken it up a lil bit..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"Very good. I used Alton Browns taco potion #19 recipe in place if the taco seasoning and added 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes. The taco potion recipe has cornstarch in it that helped thicken up the soup. We also crushed up tortilla chips when soup was served with sharp cheddar, very delicious, thanks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"we love this soup at work. We use canned chicken instead of fresh and just mix the chick and seasoning before putting in the pot. NEVER any left."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"I made this soup for a work potluck. It was super-easy and came together nicely over the course of the morning...my office smelled great! I ended up forgetting the corn at home, so I did omit it, but no complaints from my co-workers. I would certainly make it again...can we say football potluck anyone?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"Very tasty and easy to prepare. Would not hesitate to make this recipe again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"This is very simple and good! I was being lazy and just threw frozen chicken breast in and cook it on low for about 8 hrs then shredded the chicken before serving.

*I make my own taco seasoning. This is a good recipe
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/10/28/homemade-taco-seasoning/"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Love how quickly & easily this comes together. I used leftover roasted chicken & canned corn & made it on the stove instead of the crockpot. Full of flavor!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"This soup was fantastic! I made it on the stove-top and used a pre-cooked chicken to speed things up. Usually I substitute cilantro in recipes (because I don't really like it) but this time I left it in and it worked really well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"Love this soup!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"I have made the Mexican Chicken soup recipe for a few years & we all love it.  The TOH cookbook that I found it in also had some wondeful recipes in it.  It was an older book and I was hoping you could tell  me which one it is as mine inadvertinately must have been thrown out with some magazines.  It also had a recipe for a pork loin slow cooked with applejuice, which we also loved.  Your help would be greatly appreciated!  GracieSue "

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Not as amazing as Tasty Tortilla soup (from this site) but really good. I did it on the stove-top as opposed to the crockpot."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"This recipie rocks ,,,Also have made it using blackened chicken sliced up ..SO GOOD :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"Love this- Great for busy days. The Cilantro gives it a nice little kick. This will be on our favorites list!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012 Edited Apr. 14, 2014

"quick, easy, yum"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I have made this several times. I usually use pre-cooked chicken/rotisserie chicken and make on the stove top instead of the slow cooker. Easy and delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Amazing. Tasty, hearty, perfect for cold nights."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"we loved this! Excellent flavors. I'm going to try it with leftover turkey today."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"Loved this soup and it was so easy to make. Even better the second day. All 3 of my kids liked it which is rare for a soup. Will def make it again!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"Very easy to make....very tasty!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I will admit... I was a bit leary at first... but I LOVED THIS SOUP!! I did make a few changes... I used low sodium taco seasoning, added fresh garlic and lawry's course ground garlic salt to the chicken as it cooked, and a little bit of cayenne pepper and dried cilantro to the crock pot. I served it with brown rice and of course the sour cream and cheese (although I used the full fat versions) decently low calorie dinner that tastes delicious!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"This is our favorite soup. It is super easy. The only tweeks I have done are....using spicy V-8, spicy taco seasoning, and spicy salsa....this is THE best soup I have ever come across!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"I didn't use the crockpot. I just simmered it for about 20 minutes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"My husband and I just love this soup! I didn't use the salsa. Instead I added pepper and a good amount of chili powder. YUM!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"I first found this recipe in one of T. o H.'s slow cooker cookbooks. There are a few slight changes compared to here. I start with chicken tenders, rather than breast meat, to save time. It is excellent and is now in my regular rotation of meals!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"We've been enjoying this soup all winter. My substitutions are rotisserie chicken, low sodium taco seasoning, low sodium black beans and low sodium V8(store brand is cheaper and works just as well.) This is so easy and so good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"This soup is really good. It is super easy too. We used campbell's canned tomato juice instead of V8 and we also used hot salsa to spice it up. It was really good but i think I may do something to thicken it up a bit next time. I don't like super watery soup much. but that did not impact the flavor or my rating."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"This soup was fantastic and easy. I used a rotisserie chicken and because of the sodium content I used reduced sodium black beans and reduced sodium V8 juice. This is a keeper for cold days."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"I used tomato juice instead of V8.added the extra can of kidney beans and everyone thought this was excellent. makes a big pot but good for leftovers . Very easy and flavorful, very filling, I serve garlic bread with this and we are stuffed when we are through eating."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"This was great - subsituted a few things ie. the V8 juice for pasta sauce etc. Was awesome - will make again. I have the leftovers in the freezer and am looking forward to them!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"This was AMAZING! My favorite Taste of Home recipe yet (and that's saying a lot!). My husband gave it 11 out of 10 stars :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Maybe healthy in regard to the fat content, but not with 1,315 mg of sodium per serving."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010 Edited Nov. 7, 2015

"I some left over chicken, green peppers and onions frozen from another recipe and added the rest of the ingredients and it turned out great! put some baked tostitos on top along w/the cheese and sour cream. YUM! My husband and I both enjoyed this while watching football.... I also mixed this recipe with tasty Toco soup recipe from toh and turned out delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"Great tasting and easy to make. Serve this with a large piece of crusty bread and you'll be in heaven."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"This was fantastic, my husband even loved it and he doesn't like to try new things. I used a rotisserie chicken and shredded it instead of cubed it. Definitely a keeper!! Thanks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"This soup was prob. my husband & mine's top favorite! I used the spicy v-8 and I added the cilantro right into the soup while cooking. Also, per advice from another review, served w/ the jumbo onion muffins...SOOOO good...what a great dinner! I can't wait to make again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Warning: If you really want reduced sodium check the nutrition panel. I did some comparison and one brand's reduced sodium still had more sodium than another brand's regular taco seasoning. Always read labels. =) Happy eating."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2010

"Excellent taste. Spicy, but not overly so. I will definitely make this again. My family loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"My whole family enjoyed this and my 6-year old is super picky! Will be making again. I used kidney beans instead of black and it tasted great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"This is an easy, simple recipe to make for days when you don't need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. We loved it, and they went great with the Jumbo Onion Cheese Muffin recipe on this site. YUM!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"I used low sodium V8 juice and it was very good that way."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"Yummy! My favorite new soup recipe! Everyone, from my husband to my 2 year old love this soup!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"So good I made it again tonight."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"I was sceptical at first but this recipe was very good. I did change a few things though. I used low sodium V8 juice, used PACE hot salsa, added more beans and corn, and sprinkled tortilla chips on top at the end. I left out the cilantro. It was so easy and just right for a cold winter night. It also feeds more than six. I would say closer to 8 or more."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"Great recipe..I did tweek it..I used the spicy V8 like previously suggested (great idea) and I boiled my chicken breasts until done..shredded it..put it on the stove with chili powder (didn't measure) and 1 can diced green chilies and about a half cup H2O(to keep moist) I didn't add any taco seasoning-due to salt-or oil--and it turned out great"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Very tasty. I just made it on the stove. I let it simmer for about an hour"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"I made this with spicy V8 juice - if you like a bit of spice, I recommend trying this! It was so yummy! I think next time I'll slice some fresh avocado and sprinkle crushed tortilla chips on top."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008

"Very, very good! My family loved this, and I have some picky eaters!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"make your own taco seasoning mix and leave out the salt! if this site doesn't have it check out copykat.com"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"@whateverfood: I'm almost certain most of the sodium comes from the V-8 juice. Try substituting low sodium V-8.
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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"I'm afraid I have to pass, tho it looks tasty. The sodium level for 1 serving (as listed by TOH) is almost my daily intake (low sodium diet). Maybe I can tweak it to suit my limitations..."

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