Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1-1/2 cup: 345 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 1315mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 7g fiber), 31g protein
Reviews for Mexican Chicken Soup
"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."
"Great taste, easy to make. My whole family voted it a keeper. It's been on our regular menu for several months now."
"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."
"Very tasty and simple to make. Great with tortilla chip scoops!"
"Surprisingly flavorful given the few ingredients. Definite keeper! I left out the corn but served with corn bread on the side."
"This was awesome. Easy and super tasty. Loved it."
"GOOD CHOICE.Alton Brown is a fantastic Chef on food network. I follow him often !"
"See my reply below. But in short, no tomatoe sauce is NOT a good sub for V8 see choices below"
"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."
"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."
"Delicious! My husband and I love spicy food so I used Hot salsa and Hot taco seasoning. Thanks for sharing!"
"This is great...Everyone lo end it!!"
"Not really a review, but a question. Can you substitute tomato sauce for the V8 juice?"
"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!"
"Very good, very filling. Eye appealing too! Add tortilla chips to soup to make it almost an chicken enchilada soup"
"Great recipe...mixes up quick. Have used my crockpot and stovetop. Worked great both ways!"
"This soup is awesome!!! My children loved it sprinkled with sharp cheese and tortilla chips on the side!!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"Found this recipe sorely lacking any particular taste. Added oregano and cumin...but very disappointed. Won't prepare again."
"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."
"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."
"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 upexcess 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 !!!"
"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!"
"This was so easy and so yummy...I definetly recommend people make it al least once! I added mild Ro Tel instead of salsa!"
"This is really delicious. I used regular taco seasoning instead of low-salt and didn't find it too salty at all."
"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."
"This sounds really good. But there's way too much salt. And I can't see where to eliminate some of it. Too bad."
"I added Mexicorn for flavor and brown rice to make it more of a meal. I love this recipe"
"Good but need more substance, like more veggies or something."
"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!"
"This soup was so delicious and easy to make. We added tortilla chips to ours and everyone loved it."
"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."
"a 1/2 cup of mesa meal helps to thicken it up a lil bit..."
"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!"
"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."
"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?"
"Very tasty and easy to prepare. Would not hesitate to make this recipe again."
"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."
"Love this soup!!!!"
"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 "
"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."
"This recipie rocks ,,,Also have made it using blackened chicken sliced up ..SO GOOD :)"
"Love this- Great for busy days. The Cilantro gives it a nice little kick. This will be on our favorites list!"
"quick, easy, yum"
"Amazing. Tasty, hearty, perfect for cold nights."
"we loved this! Excellent flavors. I'm going to try it with leftover turkey today."
"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!!"
"Very easy to make....very tasty!"
"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!!"
"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!!"
"I didn't use the crockpot. I just simmered it for about 20 minutes."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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 :)"
"Maybe healthy in regard to the fat content, but not with 1,315 mg of sodium per serving."
"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."
"Great tasting and easy to make. Serve this with a large piece of crusty bread and you'll be in heaven."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"Excellent taste. Spicy, but not overly so. I will definitely make this again. My family loved it!"
"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."
"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!"
"I used low sodium V8 juice and it was very good that way."
"Yummy! My favorite new soup recipe! Everyone, from my husband to my 2 year old love this soup!!!"
"So good I made it again tonight."
"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."
"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"
"Very tasty. I just made it on the stove. I let it simmer for about an hour"
"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."
"Very, very good! My family loved this, and I have some picky eaters!"
"make your own taco seasoning mix and leave out the salt! if this site doesn't have it check out copykat.com"
"@whateverfood: I'm almost certain most of the sodium comes from the V-8 juice. Try substituting low sodium V-8.
"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..."