Easy Southwest Soup made with chicken, black beans, tomatoes, peppers, corn, salsa, and southwest seasonings. A delicious healthy soup that the whole family will love.
One of my favorite comfort foods to make is soup. It can be made in so many different ways and really warms you up during these cold winter months.
My time is usually pretty limited, so I love making soups that are easy to make and come together fast. I love a bowl of hot soup for lunch during the winter months, so I make a kettle full of soup, that way I can heat it up during the week for an easy lunch.
Our family loves the flavor of Mexican food and this easy southwest soup is one of our favorites. You will love the beans and the veggies that help to flavor this soup.
- I used chicken thighs for this recipe, but you can use chicken breast, leftover chicken, or even rotisserie chicken.
- Switch out the chicken with ground beef or shredded pork for a different flavor. If using ground beef I would use a beef broth instead of the chicken broth.
- The soup is not overpowering when it comes to spiciness, so if you like more heat add additional seasoning to the soup. If you decide to add additional seasonings add them gradually and taste after each addition.
- When it comes to adding salt to this soup or other soups I like to add to it when the soup has come together. As with any seasoning add gradually and taste after each addition. I like to say that you can always add more, but you can’t take it away when you add too much.
- You can top the soup with fried tortilla strips, cheddar cheese, sour cream, or your favorites.
- When reheating soup I like to heat it in the microwave. This is the easiest way to do so, just simply heat until the desired temperature. Or if prefer you can heat on the stove.
- This soup can be frozen, just make sure to freeze it in a container that is freezer-proof.
Steps for making Easy Southwest Soup
In a large Dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cook the vegetables until tender about 6 to 8 minutes.
Once the vegetables are tender add the chicken, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and green chiles. Stir until well combined.
Stir in the seasoning except for the salt and pepper.
Add the broth and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook for another 30 to 45 minutes.
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Easy Southwest Soup
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 large green pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 15 ounce can black bean rinsed.
- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 4 ounce can green chiles
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 48 ounces low sodium chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large Dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender about 6 to 8 minutes. Stirring frequently so the vegetables do not brown.
- Add the chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, chiles, and salsa and stir in.
- Stir in the seasoning except for the salt and pepper.
- Add the chicken broth and stir in. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring the soup to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
- You can use chicken thighs, chicken breast, leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken.
- Before adding the black beans make sure to rinse thoroughly.
- To reheat the soup heat in the microwave or stovetop to the desired temperature.
- The soup can be frozen in a freezer-proof container.
This recipe was originally published on January 12, 2013. It has been updated with new content and pictures on January 4, 2021.
Salsa, Garlic and Black Beans – sounds really good! I like soups a lot, and usually freeze a portion or to to use it as a lunch during the week 😉
Have a great weekend, Dawn!
Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
If your anti-soup son had it, I don’t need more recommendations. Children are the best judges 🙂
Nice flavor! And a little bit of a kick – I like that! Most of my soups are pretty free form too – it’s fun cooking that way, isn’t it? Good stuff – thanks.
John / Kitchen Riffs
We’ve been making a lot of southwest-style soups the last few months. So comforting, aren’t they? Yours looks terrific — thanks.
Love this! I love poaching a chicken with lots of alliums and cilantro, and then using the chicken and that broth to make soups like this. So much flavor. And I also your your spice mixture and oregano! Perfect southwest flavors.