Craving Mexican? Simply toss all the ingredients for fajitas in your slow cooker and a few hours later you’ll have a comforting soup that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice. This fajita soup is gluten-free and paleo.
Do you know what makes me incredibly happy? Getting done with work for the day only to realize that dinner has finished cooking and is ready to serve. That’s why I LOVE slow-cooker meals! Most have very little prep work involved — you literally put everything in, turn the slow cooker on and let it work its magic.
This recipe does require some chopping, but once everything is sliced and diced you’re ready to roll.
Expert advice — do NOT plan to do an at-home workout while this soup is cooking. About three hours in it starts to smell heavenly and working out with the aroma of Mexican food wafting through your house is like being tortured.
That said, once the workout was over (and we had showered) dinner was on the table in less than ten minutes, which was pretty awesome.
Overall, this recipe is pretty straight-forward. All the ingredients you’re used to using for fajitas, just a bit more liquid to make it into a soup. After slow cooking for several hours the chicken gets tender, the peppers soften and the broth develops a robust, spicy flavor.
We ended up eating this soup for dinner two nights in row and like most soups it was even better the second night. Isaac mentioned how good it was several times so I have a feeling I’ll be making it again soon!
For the chicken I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs to add a bit of fat and flavor. If you prefer white meat, feel free to use chicken breast. You may just want to add an extra teaspoon of olive oil. For my vegetarian and vegan folks, use 1-2 cans of rinsed and drained chickpeas in place of the chicken. If you’re not a fan of spice (or serving kiddos) simply leave the jalapeño pepper out. The soup has plenty of other spices to make it flavorful.
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- ½ jalapeño pepper, sliced
- 1 cup fresh salsa
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice of 1 lime
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
- 1½ pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (chicken breasts work too)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
Optional items for serving: avocado, jalapeño slices, cilantro, tortilla chips and/or a slice of lime
- Put all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. The chicken should be cooked through and will just fall apart. Once this happens turn the slow cooker to warm and enjoy whenever you’re ready. To serve, top each bowl with avocado, jalapeño slices, cilantro and serve with tortilla chips and a slice of lime.
In addition to my fajita soup recipe, this month I’m teaming up with my favorite blogging ladies to share five additional slow cooker recipes and host an awesome slow cooker giveaway.
Not only do these recipes look and sound amazing, they’re healthy and paleo-friendly! Ready to see them?
Gina’s Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu
Serve it over mashed sweet potatoes or toss it with pasta, either way this slow cooker short rib ragu is the perfect comfort food as the weather gets cooler.
Davida’s Slow Cooker Applesauce
All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!
Lexi’s Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken
Dinner has never been so good! Packed with delicious flavors, this slow-cooked roasted whole chicken is so easy to throw together, and makes for the perfect meal! Pair it with veggies, salad, or anything you’d like and you are ready to go!
All you need are 5 ingredients to make this delicious, clean-eating slow cooker honey sriracha chicken that’s made with REAL food.
This tender, paleo slow cooker roast beef is mixed with pumpkin and salsa and then shredded! It’s perfect in tacos or on a salad for a healthy, weeknight meal, that is full of fall flavor!
Last but not least, in honor of slow cooker season the girls and I are teaming up with Hamilton Beach to host a slow cooker giveaway. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a huge fan of slow cooker recipes that require pre-cooking because I hate dirtying up another pot. The slow cooker we’re giving away solves this problem because the inner container is stovetop safe! You can sauté onions and garlic or brown meat before finishing your meal in the slow cooker. How cool is that?
Six lucky winners will win one Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker. Use the widget below to enter:
Giveaway sponsored by Hamilton Beach.