Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

This Southwest Chicken Soup is made easy in the Instant Pot with chicken, beans, corn and tomatoes. It is simple to make and can optionally be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It’s as easy as placing all the ingredients in a freezer bag and stashing it away until you are in need of a quick weeknight. Simply defrost in the refrigerator overnight and place everything in an Instant Pot to cook at dinnertime! Made in partnership with my friends at Farmer Focus!

A bowl of southwest chicken soup with garnishes on itInstant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

This Southwest Chicken Soup is pure comfort food in a bowl. Southwest inspired flavors like chicken, tomatoes, corn and lime are mixed together in an easy to make soup. What makes this even more special is that you can prepare batches of this ahead of time and place in the freezer for the next time you need an easy dinner! Don’t care to meal prep this soup? No problem! Just place everything in your Instant Pot pressure cooker fresh and dinner is ready in just about 20 minutes.

Serve this soup with ALL the garnishes like crushed up tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, cilantro, lime wedges or pickled jalapeños.

Instant pot dump chicken dinner

How to Make a Dump Freezer Dinner

So let’s talk a little bit about the concept of a “dump” dinner, because we’ve been loving these types of meals lately and we plan to continue to share more of them in the future.

A dump dinner is recipe that doesn’t really require too many steps in terms of preparation before it is cooked. Typically you just gather the ingredients, with minimal chopping, and dump them into the cooking equipment. Typically this is either a slow cooker, a stock pot or an Instant Pot. A Dump and Start meal refers to a meal that you just gather the ingredients, dump them in your pot and start cooking. A Freezer Dump Dinner is a meal that is gathered ahead of time and frozen in a bag. When you want to cook it, you defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then dump the meal in the cooking vessel when ready to cook!

For this recipe, it will work either way. Gather all off the ingredients for the Southwest Chicken Soup and either prepare one (or more) batches ahead of time and freeze, or gather up all the ingredients and cook immediately in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker.

Dump chicken dinnerWhy We’re All About Good Quality Chicken

I am so happy to partner again with my friends at Farmer Focus to bring you today’s easy Instant Pot chicken recipe! Farmer Focus has been my go-to, trusted chicken for years now, because they pride themselves in producing the highest quality meat grown on family-owned farms. I love being able to grab up a package of Farmer Focus chicken at the grocery store and not having to question whether it is truly coming from meat raised in a humane way.

Farmer Focus is building partnerships with growers through their innovative Farmer Focus Business Model

Farmer Focus is a company that supports their farmer partners and that is working hard to do things right and truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it. Buying meat from Farmer Focus also gives me peace of mind that I am supporting hard working family farmers.

Farmer Focus chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! How awesome is that?!

You can also use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

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"Dump" Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:18 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:32 Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Optional Garnish

  • Crushed Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado 
  • Pickled Jalapeno

Directions

  1. If preparing ahead and placing in the freezer: Gather your ingredients and place everything in a gallon sized freezer bag and seal tightly. Storage flat in the freezer. To defrost, place in the refrigerator the night before.
  2. To cook: Combine all of the ingredients in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Set the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes with a natural release of at least 10 minutes (see note). Once opened, shred the chicken with two forks.
  3. Garnish as desired with crushed tortillas, shredded cheese, cilantro, avocado or pickled jalapeno and serve!

Recipe Notes

  1. Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs will work here too!
  2. You can let the pressure release naturally entirely.

  3. You do not need to freeze this recipe. If you want to make the recipe without freezing, simply place all ingredients directly inside of the Instant Pot and follow cooking instructions.

  4. To make in the slow cooker cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours!
  5. To make on the stove top add all ingredients and simmer on low for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and can be shredded.
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Easy Homemade Refried Beans

When you think of making homemade Refried Beans are you intimidated because the name makes it sound really complicated like there is deep frying involved? We’re going to let you in on a secret: making refried beans at home is so simple and well worth the (at most) 10 minutes it takes to make them. They are so much better than anything you can buy at a store pre-made! Our easy refried beans recipe makes a great addition to any Mexican inspired recipe, ranging from a spread in a layer dip, dolloped right on your taco or just dig in with tortilla chips! Oh, and it’s also gluten-free and vegan. Trust us, you need to make this ASAP!

bowl of healthy refried beans

Easy Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

The name refried beans is a little misleading as it makes you think that there is some sort of special deep frying happening twice with beans. But really refried beans means beans cooked twice! Homemade refried beans, with quality ingredients you control, is so much more flavorful and delicious than anything you can get store bought and it’s simply WORTH it to make. Plus, it takes less then 10 minutes! That’s so quick! And most of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry.

What do you need to make it

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • garlic
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can organic kidney beans or black beans
  • water or stock
  • lime
  • cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • cheddar or cotija cheese, for garnish (optional)

vegan refried beans in dip

Why we use canned beans

In our refried bean recipe, we start with canned beans. There are a lot of good options for purchasing canned beans that don’t containing additives, so using this option makes homemade refried beans super quick. If you have homemade cooked beans and wanted to use them in this recipe, that is fine. Just make sure that if they have seasoning in them already you may need to adjust the seasoning called for in this recipe. Use about 1-1/3 cup beans (or 15 ounces if you have a scale).

Ways to use this healthy refried beans recipe

casserole that uses healthy refried beans

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Easy Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

Cook Time 00:08 Total Time 00:10 Yields 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 14.5-ounce can organic kidney beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup water or stock
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar or cotija cheese, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot add garlic and spices and let cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the beans to the saucepan and ¼ cup water. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Take off heat and add lime juice. Mash to desired consistency using a potato masher or fork.
  4. Set aside until ready to use in recipe, or serve as a dip and top with cilantro and cheese.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe to make a bigger batch! 
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Easy Black Bean Soup (VEGAN!)

This Easy Black Bean Soup recipe is a delicious and quick weeknight dinner or lunch meal prep. It’s vegan, takes about 30 minutes and so hearty! Garnish with your favorite toppings and you have a warm, quick satisfying meal! I am literally in love with this soup. Mike also loved it cold as a black bean dip!

black bean soup recipe

Quick Black Bean Soup

Come the cooler weather and all I’m craving for dinner is a warming soup! You all know I love this chicken soup, or really any of these other ones, but every once in a while I’m craving something hearty and this Quick Black Bean Soup does the trick! Mike loves it too! While beans and legumes aren’t an every day food for us, when my gut health is in check I find I can tolerate them from time to time. Definitely do what is best for your health! We also love how economical this soup is to make, with staple ingredients. This serves about 6 portions, so if you have some leftover it’d be a great meal to bring for lunch later in the week.

We wanted to make this a really quick weeknight dinner soup, we opted for use of canned black beans. Just make sure to drain and rinse them really well! This one is also a bit on the grown-up side with the spice, so feel free to omit the jalapeño and lower the chipotle powder, if necessary, for those who don’t love the heat.

how do i make black bean soup?

How do you make black bean soup out of canned black beans?

We loved how quick this soup is thanks to canned black beans. To make simply:

  1. Saute your aromatics.
  2. Add your spices, seasoning and stock and beans and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. We puree some at the end, but this is optional!

Tools we used for this recipe:

canned black bean soup

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Easy Black Bean Soup (Vegan)

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Total Time 00:35 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, fine dice with seeds (optional)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons chipotle powder (choose your heat level, or omit. We use 2)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable stock
  • 3-14.5 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinse
  • for garnish: cilantro sprigs, cotija cheese (optional: leave out for vegan) and avocado

Directions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot add oil, onion, carrots and celery and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add jalepeño, garlic and all seasoning and spices and cook for 1 minute to toast them (be careful not to breathe in any spicy steam).
  3. Add in lime juice, vegetable stock and black beans. Raise the heat to high to bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes, until the vegetable stock reduced and the soup has thickened slightly.
  4. If you want to puree the soup (we do), reserve 1-2 cups on the side. Using  an immersion blender, puree the soup. Stir in the reserved soup.
  5. Garnish with cilantro, avocado and cotija cheese, if using.
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Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake

This Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake is probably my new favorite breakfast. It’s hearty, packed with the perfect amount of spice, and made easy with only one pan. It’s gluten-free and paleo-friendly and the perfect breakfast everyone will enjoy!

Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake

Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake

Sheet pan cooking for breakfast or brunch tends to be overlooked, but it is such an easy way to get a meal on the table at any time of day. We love this one for it’s unique Mexican inspired flavors that makes for a really great brunch.

Tips for sheet pan cooking:

  • Read the recipe all the way through (of course) and plan to use a timer! Most recipes require different cooking times, so make sure to use a timer so you can truly walk away from the oven and not have to worry about when your adding anything in to the oven.
  • Do the prep ahead of time: Cut vegetables, make sauce or mix spices the night before or that morning if you are looking to speed up the process when it comes time for the actual cooking.
  • Use parchment paper to make clean up a breeze.
  • Use the correct size sheet pan. When we say sheet pan we are referring to the rimmed half sheet pan which is 18″ by 13″. The size of the sheet pan matters because you do not want to overcrowd the pan when cooking, so if you are using a smaller sheet pan you may need to use 2 to achieve the same result.

Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake

Sheet pans for the win! This hands-off cooking method makes getting a delicious meal on the table simple and the clean up is a breeze. We just love that utilizing the sheet pan allows for unattended cooking, giving us EXTRA time in our busy lives.

Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake

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Sheet Pan Spicy Chorizo and Egg Bake

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:38 Total Time 00:48 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow potato, diced to 1/2"
  • 1 small sweet potato, diced to 1/2"
  • 1 onion, diced to 1/2"
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch cayenne (optional)
  • 1-15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 fully-cooked chorizo sausages
  • 4 organic, pasture-raised eggs

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large bowl combine diced potato, sweet potato, onion, avocado oil, and all spices. Toss to combine and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove pan and add beans to potato mixture and using a spoon combine on the pan. Move the mixture to one side of the sheet pan add the whole chorizo sausage to the other. Return to oven for 10 minutes. (see note)
  5. Remove from oven and create four small divots in potatoes to crack the eggs. Crack eggs in the divots and return to oven to bake for 8-10 minutes. Bake until eggs are cooked for desired texture. 8 minutes are soft runny yellow yolks. 10 minutes for more fully baked eggs.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you prefer to slice up the chorizo and bake the slices instead of the whole chorizo you can do that at this step.
  2. Omit beans for Whole30 and Paleo.
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Turkey Chili (Stove-Top or Instant Pot)

Healthier Classic Turkey Chili - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #turkey #chili #soup #intstantpot

This is my classic go-to healthy turkey chili recipe all fall and winter long. I call it healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe!

Turkey Chili Recipe with toppingsHow to Make Turkey Chili

The best part? You can customize this chili to your liking. Some days I’ll add more veggies based on what is in season. Make it on the stove-top, or in the Instant Pot pressure cooker! I’ve also perfected this chili to be equally delicious with or without the beans. Instant Pot directions included, and Whole30-approved!

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

Ahhh… comfort food. I think I could make this recipe with my eyes closed at this point! It is always a huge hit and it’s one of my top rated recipes. Perfect for a big party, football Sunday, or for a good weekly meal prep (tons of leftovers). The best part of the chili is you can customize to your liking, some days I’ll add more vegetables based on what’s in season! For a beanless turkey chili, and to make this Whole30 compliant, simply omit the beans! They are optional!

Healthy Turkey Chili

How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot

  • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
  • Add meat and cook until brown.
  • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
  • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
  • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Notes: If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!

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Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

What do you top chili with?

  • Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Cheese
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Guacamole
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Additional red pepper flakes if desired for heat
  • and MORE!

Turkey Chili

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 03:00 Total Time 3:15 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, onions, peppers, carrots, celery, and sweet potato, if using, for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  2. Add the meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring often to break up the meat.
  3. Once the meat is browned, add the water, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, salt, and all of the spices. Mix well to combine. If you are adding the beans and jalapeño, do so here.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until the chili is nice and thick, about 3 hours. Add additional water during this time if you want your chili more souplike. Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and adjust spices as desired. Add additional cayenne for an extra kick, and more salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve garnished with your favorite chili toppings, if desired. Mine are listed above.
  6. Store in refrigerator for 1 week or store in the freezer.


Recipe Notes

  • *Omit beans to make this Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly
  • How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot
    • Using the sauté function, sauté the veggies until soft.
    • Add meat and cook until brown.
    • Add in the spices, tomatoes, and water (reduce water to 1 cup)
    • Lock the lid and cook under manual -> high pressure for 15 minutes.
    • Turn the knob to venting and release the pressure manually or let the pressure naturally come down.
    • Open and taste the chili! Add beans here if adding. Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    • Notes:
      • If you added too much water, use the sauté function for a few minutes to reduce the water down!
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Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Casserole is comfort food lightened up! All the classic flavors of your favorite chicken enchiladas, including refried beans, made healthier with spaghetti squash as its base. This gluten-free and dairy-free meal is the ultimate family favorite meal that is great for meal prep, too. Made in partnership with Tuttorosso Tomatoes!

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Casserole close upChicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Casserole

This Enchilada casserole is the ultimate gluten-free casserole! This healthy and hearty enchilada casserole made with spaghetti squash has all the Mexican flavor you love that is a definite crowd favorite. This recipe has loads of veggies, shredded chicken, homemade refried beans, spaghetti squash and is so comforting.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 5 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken or make it)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 batch refried beans (or buy it)
  • arrowroot flour
  • enchilada spices
  • tomato Sauce
  • chicken broth
  • herbs for garnish

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Casserole

This recipe is made in partnership with my friends at Tuttorosso Tomatoes, my favorite tomatoes that I trust time and time again in my kitchen. Other Tuttorosso favorites include my Lasagna SoupInstant Pot Chicken CacciatorePizza Stuffed Peppers, and One Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and Cauliflower!

Ingredients for enchilada casserole

How to Make this Enchilada Casserole

  1. Roast or cook the squash in an Instant Pot. Check out this article for more info.
  2. Pre-cook and veggies that go with it.
  3. Make the refried beans and sauce.
  4. Assemble and bake!

Cheesy top of casserole with avocado slices

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Scoop of enchilada casserole from the oven

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Casserole (with Chicken)

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes Total Time 1:20 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 5 cups spaghetti squash, cooked
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups spinach, loosely packed
  • 5 ounces refried beans, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • Chopped scallions, for garnish
  • Optional: 1/4 cup Mexican blend cheese, more for topping

1 batch Enchilada Sauce from page XXX in My Cookbook (Makes about 2 cups)

Refried Beans (makes 8 ounces)

Directions

  1. Cook The Spaghetti Squash:  Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Brush inside with oil. Place facedown on baking sheet and add 1 tablespoon or so of water to the baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until you can pierce with a fork. Once done, scrape out squash into spaghetti stands and set aside. 
  2. While cooking, sauté the veggies: 
  3. Make the enchilada sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the arrowroot flour and stir constantly for 1 minute.  Stir in the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and salt. Then add the tomato sauce and gradually add the chicken broth, whisking to remove any clumps. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce is reduced by about half and can coat the back of a spoon. 
  4. Make the Refried Beans: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add in garlic and spices and let cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Drain the liquid from the beans and rinse well, then add the beans to the saucepan. Turn down heat and stir well. Add in lime juice and water. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Take off heat and mash well using a potato masher or fork. Set aside until ready to serve.
  5. Assemble and bake:

Recipe Notes

 

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This post is sponsored by Tuttorosso Tomatoes. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! I love the integrity of their products and think you’ll love them too. Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!