Soup this good is no small ?fajita?

Can someone please explain to me where the year went?

I?ve been trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are now firmly in Decem?ber and the first semester of the school year is nearly over, but it just doesn?t feel like it should be time yet.

With the uptick in gatherings and activities, though, I?m recognizing that the holiday season is most definitely upon us. As I spend time in the kitchen making goodies or special dishes, I have less and less desire to cook our normal meals.

That?s when my crockpot comes to the rescue with a filling, delicious and easy option. Crockpot nights are the best nights. It almost feels like someone else made dinner for you.

My most recent successful crockpot experiment was a recipe for chicken fajita soup from the blog ?The Recipe Critic.? You can find the original at therecipecritic.com/2014/ 11/slow-cooker-chicken-fajita-soup/. I changed the spice amounts to suit our tastes better.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup

Ingredients

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2, 10.75-ounce cans of cream of chicken soup

1 cup salsa (use your favorite kind)

2 cups frozen corn

15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups water

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon cilantro (I used fresh, but you can use dried)

1 cup shredded cheese

diced avocado (if desired-for topping)

tortilla chips (if desired-for topping)

Directions

Spray your crockpot with non-stick spray and set aside.

Put the chicken in the bottom of the crockpot.

In a bowl, whisk together the soup, salsa, corn, beans, water, cumin and cilantro, and then pour the mixture over the chicken.

Cook on low for four to six hours.

About 15 to 20 minutes before serving, remove the chicken breasts, shred them and then return them to the crockpot.

Also add the cheese and stir.

Once the cheese is melted, the soup is ready to serve, and is delicious with some crushed up tortilla chips and chunks of fresh avocado.

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Joey and I were very impressed with this recipe. It was creamy and filling, and to top it all off, it was really easy to make.

It?s probably time for me to accept that December is upon us and jump with both feet into the holiday season, but I think I?ll have another bowl of soup first.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.