Crockpot Wednesdays – Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Soup

Happy first day of Spring!  I have to say though it seems just plain wrong that on the first day of Spring the high here was only 39!  Yep, you read that right 39 degrees and no that’s not Celsius.  As if 39 degrees isn’t bad enough on it’s own I received a text from my husband when he was on his way to work.. it’s snowing!  Last year this time it was 70 and 80 degrees… sigh!  Okay okay I’m done whining.  We had the best Cheesy Southwestern soup tonight and I want to share the recipe with you.

Okay, so back to the weather for just a moment or two.  I know I said I was done but I just want to know where is that dam groundhog at??  Or better yet how sad is it that grown people are so desperate for warm weather that we are willing to base hopes of Spring arriving on a groundhog in the first place?  Alright, I’m done.. for real this time.

This recipe was inspired by a Southwestern Soup recipe that I found on Food Network.  With it being so cold today it was the perfect time for a steaming savory bowl of soup.  This is a new recipe to me and I think I could eat this every day.  The flavor of the broth is so intense that I could probably eat just that!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Southwestern Soup

Cheesy Southwestern Soup


1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 green pepper – chopped
1 jalapeno peppers – diced
2 garlic cloves – minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
5 cups water
5 chicken bouillon cubes
14 oz. diced tomatoes
14 oz. kidney beans
2 cups Colby & Monterey jack cheese *note – plain Colby would work as well.


1/4 bunch Cilantro – chopped
1 Avocado – diced
1 cup Shredded Cheese
1 Diced jalapeno pepper
1 cup sour cream

Add all soup ingredients to slow cooker, except for cheese and stir to mix.  Cook on high for 3.5 hours or low for 5.5 hours.  Add the 2 cups of cheese – stir well – cook an additional 30 minutes.

Serve with desired garnishes.


~ Tammy

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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.


  1. Looks Great! I love that you are doing these slow cooker Wednesdays. I am always looking for new recipes to try. And I love that this one uses chicken thighs. Those are definitely a favorite around here and I can never find enough recipes for them. Brenna recently posted...Nice to Meet You {Blog Hop} #17My Profile
  2. This soup looks so good! It's finally starting to warm up a little around here, but I am cold until the middle of July so I still have a some time to enjoy this recipe :) Erin | Wholly Delicious Dishes recently posted...One Lucky Blogger GiveawayMy Profile
  3. Mmm, I love southwestern anything! love the spicy flavors and CHEESE. Oh, cheese is good :) This looks great Tammy. Crock pots make dinner so easy, don't they? Rachel @ {I Love} My Disorganized Life recently posted...Skinny Margaritas and a Birthday Shout-Out!My Profile
    • Thanks Rachel! Sometimes it's the only thing that ensures we have a hot meal to eat every night! I don't think I ever used my slow cooker for much other than Holidays up until now.
  4. You had me at cheesy. I can't wait to try this one. karel recently posted...Win a Pouchee Purse OrganizerMy Profile


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