Cooking With A Chronic Illness ~ Chicken Fiesta Crockpot Soup


Cooking with a chronic illness and how my slow cooker comes to my rescue!

I live in the south-eastern United States, a part of the country that is synonymous with home cooking and hospitality.

While I love to cook, the debilitating side effects of my chronic illnesses have often hindered me from doing what I love to do. To put it simply, I struggle each and every day to put a hot meal on the table for my family.

Here lately it is all I can do just to get out of bed every morning let alone keep up with life in general. When my Lyme disease symptoms are flaring, quick, easy recipes are all that I can handle. The recipe that I am going to share with you today fits that bill.

Since low energy and debilitating fatigue are my everyday enemies, my Crockpot® has often come to my rescue.

chicken fiesta soup

What I love about my Crockpot®, is that I can load it up with healthy goodness in the morning before my energy is completely depleted; so that when the supper hour rolls around, presto! dinner is ready and waiting.

I honestly do not know how I would cope most weeks without my beloved slow cooker. So this week, I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite healthy slow cooker recipes.

Chicken Fiesta Soup is a staple at my house. It is gluten-free and the perfect answer to the universal nightly question, “What’s for dinner?”

This recipe came to me from a friend a long time ago. I am not sure where it originated from although I know there are many versions of it floating around Pinterest.  All I know is that it is super simple to make and healthy! I also love that you can tweek this recipe to suit your own personal needs. It is easily adaptable. This is my kind of recipe.

So without further rambling, the recipe:



Chicken Fiesta Crockpot Soup


1~ pound of boneless, skinless, chicken breast, uncooked

1 ~16 ounce bag of frozen corn

1 ~ 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 ~15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained (I love the kind that are fire roasted.)

1 medium green bell pepper chopped (I like the orange bell peppers because they are sweeter.)

1 medium sweet onion diced fine

1  jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and chopped

5 cups chicken broth ( I like Aldi’s free-range chicken broth)

2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine

1 teaspoon of black pepper

2 teaspoons of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

Shredded Cheddar Cheese for Garnishing*

**If you are eating dairy free like me, you can just leave the cheese off! It is great either way.

Seasoned tortilla strips ( You can find these in the salad dressing aisle, I love Mrs. Cubbison’s Brand. They are gluten-free.)


  1. Place the first twelve ingredients in your Crockpot® and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  2. Right before serving, shred the chicken breasts. I find it easiest and less messy to take two forks and just break the chicken breasts apart in the Crockpot®. However, if you prefer you can remove the chicken to shred it and then sit it back into the soup.
  3. When serving you can garnish with a handful of cheese and tortilla strips. I prefer to eat mine without the cheese and it is just as good!
  4. Leftovers heat up well and make a nice lunch the next day.

Chicken Fiesta Crockpot Soup


Chicken Fiesta Crockpot Soup

What is your favorite quick and easy recipe?

Have a wonderful weekend and be well.



You can read more about my struggles with late stage Lyme disease here: Learning to Accept the Limitations of Lyme Disease







18 Responses to Cooking With A Chronic Illness ~ Chicken Fiesta Crockpot Soup

  1. Lynn Hasty says:

    This sounds great! Now that my children are grown and all over the place doing their own thing, Jason and I cook a lot together. We were just talking about recipes yesterday and looking for new things to try. And we both love spicy! I suppose you could add more peppers as well, if you want. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I sure look back and see where I could have done better. Thank you for your kind words. Love you! xo Lynn
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    • ValerieB says:

      That sounds so nice! I am looking forward to the day when I can spend time with Brad doing simple things together. =) I love that you can make this recipe as spicy as you like. You could def. add more peppers and spices.

      I think every parent in retrospect easily sees what they view as mistakes in their past parenting. I have plenty in my own closet. I’m just glad my children are easily forgiving and overlook my bumbling in parenting. Love you, hugs on this beautiful Monday. Valerie

  2. Miriam says:

    This sounds so easy! Now that it’s winter it’s something I can make for dinner to warm everyone up. My favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is tri-tip. My husband and son are very active. My son’s a wrestler and my husband is one of the team’s coaches. When they come home from practice, they’re starving. I like to serve it with garlic brown rice and quinoa. We get several boclxes of those from Costco. It comes in microwaveable pushes that serve 2 people. It makes my days so easy.

    • ValerieB says:

      Hi Miriam,
      It is SO easy. Tri-tip sounds delicious. I love quinoa, I will have to check that out at my Costco next time I’m there. Enjoy the recipe. Have a great Monday.

  3. Chronic Mom says:

    This looks for delicious!! I love any kind of soup, but spicy is even better.
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    • ValerieB says:

      Thank you Shelley,
      I love that you can spice this soup up just about any way you want. It is very versatile. =) Thank you for dropping by.

  4. Aundrea says:

    This looks pretty easy! I’m a huge fan of crockpot meals. I bet that this can freeze well too. Thanks for the recipe
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    • ValerieB says:

      Hi Aundrea,
      This is really easy. I call it one of those “dump and leave” recipes. You just dump it all into the crockpot and come back hours later to a table ready dinner. =) I have frozen this actually! It does freeze well. I should add that in to the post! Thank you for reminding me.

  5. Carol says:

    This sounds delicious!! I love using my Crock Pot…makes dinnertime sooo easy. I’m adding this to my recipe book 🙂

  6. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my crock pot.
    Have you heard of an InstaPot or something like that?
    I have just heard of it this month and apparently it cooks your meals in 10 minutes.
    Something you might find really handy?
    Sending you love.
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  7. I love my crockpot during the week. I try to go home during my lunch break and get it all set up. There’s nothing better than walking in the house after a long day at work/school and having dinner ready to go!
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    • ValerieB says:

      Dear Rabia,
      Thank you for your kind comment! Nothing says happy quite like dinner that’s ready in a snap. =)

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