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Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup

A healthy slow cooker quinoa chicken tortilla soup with black beans and poblano peppers! This soup is packed with protein and so good! Use canned green chile if you can't find poblano peppers.

Course Dinner, Healthy, Slow Cooker, Soup
Keyword quinoa chicken tortilla soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 267 kcal
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen


  • 3 poblano peppers
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to season and taste
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (23 oz) glass jar Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen organic corn
  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Place oven on broil. Line a cookie sheet with foil and place poblano peppers down. Broil on high for 5-10 minutes per side, or until skins are dark. 
  2. Remove from oven, cool for two minutes, then transfer peppers a plastic bag ziploc bag, seal shut and leave for 5 minutes. This will steam the peppers and allow you to peel the skins. 
  3. Once peppers are done steaming, you can remove skin by running them under cold water. You can also cut the peppers open and remove the seeds by running them under water. Chop the peppers and place in slow cooker.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan once oil is hot; browning chicken on both sides, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to the bowl of the slow cooker.
  5. In the same skillet, add onion, garlic, jalapeno and red pepper; cook for 6-8 minutes or until onions are soft. 
  6. Stir in chili powder, cumin and oregano. Transfer to slow cooker then add in Muir Glen fire-roasted tomoates, tomoto paste, chicken broth, water, black beans, corn and quinoa; stir then cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
  7. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred using two forks. Taste broth and add salt or additional seasonings, if necessary. Return chicken to slow cooker add cilantro and continue to cook for 20 minutes in the slow cooker. 
  8. Serve with tortilla chips, avocado and additional cilantro if desired. Serves 8, about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Recipe Notes

If you can't find Muir Glen's new jarred fire-roasted tomatoes, try using their canned fire-roasted tomatoes.

To make vegetarian, add an extra can of black beans in place of the chicken.

If you can't find poblano peppers, you can use two 4oz cans of mild green chilies. Try hot if you like a little kick!

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.4g7%
Carbohydrates 36.8g12%
Fiber 5.9g25%
Sugar 6.9g8%
Protein 21.3g43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.