Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe + Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Review and Giveaway!

{Disclosure: As a Brand Ambassador for Hamilton Beach I received the Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker to review, however, all opinions are 100% my own. This giveaway is sponsored by Hamilton Beach.} 

Fall brings football, boots, pumpkins, new seasonal beer and best of all slow cooker meals. I don't know about you, but typically when I get home from a long day the last thing I want to do is cook. With that said, I try to prep as many meals Sunday night so post work meals are quick and easy during the week. Sometimes that doesn't happen and on those days my slow cooker is my favorite kitchen tool.

This weekend I actually managed to use my new Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt.Programmable Slow Cooker twice. Per my husband's request, Saturday I made chicken tortilla soup and Sunday pulled chicken tacos. This made meal prep for the week really easy -- set and forget!

Let's chat a little about my new Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker. I'm in love. My old Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker had minimal settings -- off, high, low and warm. It definitely got the job done, but the Set ‘n Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker is a major upgrade. Compared to traditional slow cookers the Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker offers home chefs three cooking modes making life easier: program, probe and manual mode.

Program Mode

Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker Features:
  • Three choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual
  • Probe mode is perfect for cooking large cuts of meat or for recipes that require food to reach a certain temperature
  • Thermometer probe reads the actual temperature of food as it cooks; the temperature is displayed on the slow cooker control panel
  • Travel-friendly -- The lid securely seals in place with sturdy wire clips on each handle
  • 6 quart removable stoneware crock fits a 6 lb. chicken or a 4 lb. roast
  • Wraparound, even heat cooks food evenly and consistently
  • Full-grip handles make carrying heavy meals easier
  • Power interrupt protection keeps slow cooker on during a brief power outage

I'm thrilled with my slow cooker. Honestly, I wish I had programmable slow cooker years ago. No more burnt ring from cooking just a bit too long! Bonus -- it looks good, size, fully sealed lid, probe for cooking meat perfectly and spoon for serving. My friends better watch out, my slow cooker maybe be at their next party! Until then it's going to help make life post pregnancy much easier.

One of my favorite dishes to make in a slow cooker is soup and what better way to celebrate the seasons changing than a hearty bowl of chicken tortilla soup. Below is a recipe I've adapted over the years. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Apparently, I had a heavy hand with the tortilla chips... oops.

Chicken Tortilla Soup 
Serves 8 

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
15 oz. can corn kernels, drained
15 oz. diced tomatoes, drained (regular or with green chilies)
5 cups chicken stock
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Cheese -- I like Mexican Blend
Tortilla chips (I like Late July flax-seed chips)

Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.

Before serving remove chicken breasts and shred. Return shredded chicken to slow cooker and stir.

Divide among bowls and top with cheese, avocado and tortilla chips (break with your hands to make big crumbs). Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Tip: Make a double batch and freeze half for later.


As part of my review, Hamilton Beach is kindly offering one lucky reader a Set ‘n Forget® 6Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker!

Entering the giveaway is simple, please follow the instructions provided on the Rafflecopter form.  Please note, only entries via Rafflecopter will be eligible to win. Thank you and good luck!

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  1. I love anything in a slow cooker and have been looking for some new recipes! This soup looks perfect! Who doesn't love a slow cooker and this one seems perfect! You will totally enjoy that after the baby comes for easy meals when there's not a lot of time. :-)

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  2. My favorite dish in a crock pot is definitely pulled pork!!! But SOOO many yummy options!!

  3. i love making beef stew and crockpot porkchops

  4. oh this looks absolutely delish!! i need to make this soup. one of my favorites is called salsa chicken, just chicken thighs and salsa and then let it cook until dinner time. we use it on what we call burrito bowls or tacos or quesadillas

  5. I like to make creamy country chicken with vegetables:

  6. I love to make beef stew in a slow cooker.

  7. OOh I need a bigger cooker, mine is so small. I love making chili. I am not the best cook so I love being able to easily make something haha!

  8. I could use a new slow cooker! I have some fall recipes I want to try out. :)

  9. This time of year: Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider. It's delicious. :)

  10. Slow Cooker Lasagna is my favorite thing to make!

  11. I love making spinach dip in my slow cooker :)

  12. I love all soups in the crockpot but my favorite has to be a traditional vegetable soup. Yum!!

  13. enchiladas, or anything with chicken!

  14. I love making pasta sauce, then making slow cooker vegetarian lasagna

  15. my favorite is chicken in green sauce with potatoes and rice

  16. My favorite thing to make is a think beef stew, especially this time of year when it is getting colder.

  17. My favorite is seafood chowder with lump crabmeat and shrimp

  18. My favorite is chicken tacos. They are so good - and we FEAST! Then, later in the week I use what's left to make tortilla soup and quesadillas.

  19. I love to make slow cooker chili. christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

  20. I love to make slow cooker beef stew and corned beef and cabbage!

  21. I love pulled pork. It's the only pork other than bacon that my husband will eat. Thanks for sharing on Hun... What's for dinner?

  22. I love pork carnitas in the slow cooker.

  23. I like to make caldo de res (mexican beef stew) in my slow cooker
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  24. Anything with beef is always great.

  25. My all time favorite is New England pot roast... So yummy to coming home to after a long day at work!

  26. It's a toss up between stew beef with lots of veggies and gravy or a creamy cheesy macaroni and cheese.

  27. I like to make sweet and sour meatballs in the slow cooker