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Crock Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice Chowder

Crock Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice Chowder

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By Contributing Writer, Jessica Smartt

The first time I ate Southwest Chicken Chowder, I’m pretty sure I cried because it was so wonderful.

I’m not usually this dramatic about my dinner, but at the time, I was three days post-partum with my second son, exhausted, weepy, and starving. And this yummy chowder was a gift from my friend, Kate, who knows that bringing dinner to a new mom is about #3 on the list of “Nicest Things You Can Do for Anyone.”

I have made this many times since then. I don’t always shed tears of joy eating it, but almost. I love that this dish is yummy and allergy-friendly, as we manage multiple food allergies. It’s perfect for rainy days, cold days, hot days, basically any day you need dinner. Which here, is every day. We do not skip dinner.

I tweaked Kate’s recipe to work for a crock pot, and it works great! Just don’t forget the toppings! Especially avocado. I recently realized not everyone likes avocado. It was quite shocking. One final note – you may want to peek on this now and then to see if it needs more broth.

Crock Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice Chowder

*This post is linked at Trim Healthy Tuesday.

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About Jessica Smartt

Jessica Smartt is a former teacher who lives in beautiful North Carolina. She blogs at where she pokes fun at the everyday challenges of motherhood, shares all her amazing allergy-friendly recipes, and rejoices that God still loves her no matter what phobia she has recently developed. She is blessed beyond belief with two Smartt little boys and a husband who can fix anything.

  • Marsha ‘Nana’ Baker

    This sounds mouth-watering! And I haven’t even had breakfast yet. =) Thanks so much for sharing. Printing to make soon.

    • Stacy

      I could have eaten this for breakfast. lol

  • Becca Carroll

    OMGosh yuuuuuuum!

    • Stacy

      I know, right?

  • Foodie in WV

    I love crock-pot recipes. This looks great :)

    • Stacy

      I agree! Jessica makes me hungry. I need a snack.

  • Christy, The Simple Homemaker

    Crockin’ right now! Smells great!

    • Stacy

      I’m crockin’ too! But a roast. :-)

      • Christy, The Simple Homemaker

        Fantastic! We loved it!

  • Its_Gwen

    Beautiful! This would be a VERY easy crossover for maintenance or kiddos, just by switching up toppings.

    • Stacy

      Excellent advice, Gwen…as usual. :-)

  • Emily @ Live Renewed

    This is in my crock right now and smells aaammmaaazzzzing!!! I made chicken on the grill the other night, and as I was cleaning up dinner, I threw the rest of the chicken breasts from the package into a freezer bag with the rest of the ingredients, except for the beans, and put it in the freezer. This morning I pulled the bag out, defrosted it in a bowl of water for a few minutes until I could empty the bag out into the crock pot. Super easy, and no cleanup this morning! Can’t wait for dinner time – love easy meals like this!!

    • Stacy

      Smart plan!!! :-) I hope you enjoy!

  • Sara *

    I made this for a church potluck today, thinking I would feel deprived because it was the only thing “on plan” that I could have ….it was awesome! I think it’s going to have a weekly place in my menu…Yum! Thanks for all you’re hard work!

    • Stacy