Mexican Chicken Stew

This Sunday, instead of sharing my weekend (it wasn’t all too exciting – I left the house a total of two times on Saturday…), I’m going to share a recipe I made yesterday. I’ll share some of my weekend treats on Tuesday, deal?

Oh, and one more thing, I have a sweet treat coming your way tomorrow. Don’t you worry, even though I’m eating clean at the moment, I am still busy baking in the kitchen ;)

As I told you before the New Year, I recently began the Advocare 24-Day Challenge and have been searching for recipes that involve only clean foods. Friday night and most of the day on Saturday was spent in the kitchen developing and cooking up tasty, whole food recipes – one of which, I am excited to share with you today!

Stew 1

Mexican Chicken Stew.

The recipe I adapted to create this stew originally referred to it as a chili but both Kyle and I agreed that it is much more of a Mexican “tortilla” soup than a chili.

In addition to being an Advocare/whole foods-friendly recipe, it’s made in a crock pot. Yep, you read that right. A healthy meal made with whole, real ingredients ready for you when you get home from the office with little to no effort on your part.

Plus, it doesn’t taste healthy and can satisfy an intense Mexican craving in a hurry… It doesn’t get much better than that!

Stew 2

Mexican Chicken Stew (Adapted from The Gracious Pantry)

Makes 8 servings


  • 1 pound boneless chicken (I used chicken thighs)
  • 1-16 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4-16 oz cans Great Northern beans (or any white bean), drained and rinsed
  • 3 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • Optional toppings, cheese and avocado


In a sauce pan, heat onions and garlic in olive oil until tender, approximately 4-6 minutes. Meanwhile, combine chicken, tomatoes, beans, jalapenos, spices and broth in a crock pot. Once onions and garlic are sauteed, mix them into the crockpot. Cook on low for 8-9 hours. With one hour remaining, remove chicken, shred with a fork and mix back into stew once shredded. Spoon into bowls, top with your favorite toppings such as cheese and avocados and enjoy!

Stew 3

This stew made the entire apartment (including the hallways – I think the neighbors were jealous!) smell amazing while cooking and is the perfect recipe for a cold, snowy day. Kyle has already asked that this be made again… I have him hooked on clean eating, now to get him hooked on Advocare… ;)

What did you do this weekend? Tell me something fun, I need to live vicariously through you as the weather is keeping me inside!


  1. I’m curious, what made you want to do the Advocare challenge? Is it just eating differently, or do you have to do the cleanse and what not too?
    Laura @ Runningjunkie recently posted…Great Way to Start the WeekendMy Profile

    • Hi Laura! I had seen it a lot around the blog world so I had been curious for sometime when Lauren asked if I wanted to join her challenge group. The challenge part does require you to give up certain foods (sugar, wine, dairy) for 24 days but other than that it is just healthy supplements and clean eating. I’m on day 5 so far and am feeling great! I do miss wine but I’m not missing any foods because I feel so fab :) Does that answer your question?

  2. This soup looks wonderful! Exactly my kind of dinner!

    I did go out yesterday to run a couple of errands since it is crazy gross and snowy and below zero cold here now. I will be staying home the rest of the week. It was soooooooo crowded yesterday. No parking spots at a local market, no carts at Target, lines down the aisle at Kroger. It was madness and not fun. Clearly no one around here wants to go out the rest of the week.
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  3. Love to see that you are enjoying the challenge! The soup looks delicious, I think I could probably do a vegetarian version of it! :)
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    • I bet you could! Question – how do you do Advocare on a vegetarian diet? I feel like I’m eating waaayyy to much meat but am not sure of what other “lean protein” options to sub in!

  4. This sounds and looks so good. Definitely making next week. You should totally post this under the Pinterest food thread on the group board for everyone…yum!! Can’t wait to try! Love that your husband is enjoying it too….did you let him have some spark yet? Once they break into your stash it’s all downhill from there lol.
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  5. I adore soups that I can just throw in the crockpot and forget … especially if they make the house smell delicious! I often do a soup just like this, and toss in whatever veggies I have on hand to bulk it up a little bit. Thanks for sharing!
    Megan (The Lyons’ Share) recently posted…7 Supplements I Currently TakeMy Profile

  6. This is another one of those instances where I find myself saying… if only I had a slow cooker (I initially wrote “cookie”… oh gawl :shock: ) This soup sounds -amazing- but be careful with making the hallways smell… Sometimes I come home [starving] after a long day to delicious smelling hallways, and I start plotting the early demise of my neighbours :lol:
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  7. I stayed in Friday – today because Boston got hit hard so I’m in the same boat as you! I saw you were doing the cleanse and have heard and seen so many good things so I jumped on the bandwagon. I started early so I can have a non clean / wine birthday on the 27th. Can’t wait to see what else you cook up!
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  8. That recipe looks so easy and good! I love using a crockpot—I throw in thin center cut pork chops on a regular basis and they are so good–fall apart, etc.
    I can’t say it’s been an exciting wknd—super cold weather underway in MN—as you know:( I ran errands Sat. evening, that was not bad and I’m glad I have that done–I believe I stopped at 7 stores in all:) I will watch at least 1 movie today and some football. Oh I did put together a new piece of furniture for a t.v. to sit on and love that—so I felt pretty handy & it looks great:) banana bread to be made as well.

  9. Mmmm I am making something tonight that’s pretty much this same recipe. I have nothing exciting to share with you from my weekend, I woke up yesterday sick and think I pushed myself too hard by going to bootcamp. Now I’m feeling awful and Dustin is sick too. Yuck :(
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  10. The pictures look great. This is totally something I would cook.

    Yesterday David & I grabbed some sandwiches and drove to Berkeley to go on a 6 mile hike way up in the hills with views of the whole east bay and San Francisco. It was absolutely beautiful but also brutal! I am so sore this morning. Oh yeah, it was also 70 degrees yesterday, but hey, I’d rather it be raining. I’m getting a little scared about this drought we’re in. :(
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  11. This looks both healthy and hearty. I’ve been hiding from the cold too. Hope we get warmer temps soon. Not to worry, Spring is on the horizon!
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  12. Considering that my Mexican cravings tend to be pretty constant, I think I need to make this ;-) And I wish I could hug whoever invented the slow cooker…I seriously adore that thing.
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  13. Yum loooks good but you really sold me when you said crock pot.. with my busy season starting on Monday my crockpot will be getting some good use
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  14. That’s it I need to buy a crockpot and I’m pretty sure they are all on sale now too! This looks like a great balance between soup and filling casserole-esque!
    Carley @ Optimistic Health recently posted…Goal of 2014My Profile

  15. You and Lee made these delicious Mexican Chicken Dishes that are making me wish I were home and could make one of them!!! Montreal doesn’t even have a chipotle so instead I have to dream longingly over your pictures grrr
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  16. Oh my, this looks fantastic! Mexican + crockpot = a home run! Especially good since the weather is so flipping cold this week!
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  17. Looks tasty! This cold weather is making it tough to get motivated to head out and about. My parents had a holiday party last night so I went to that!
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  18. So there is a scheduled heatwave here in the coming week but this recipe looks amazing and so simple…maybe eaten cold would rectify that ;)
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  19. Haha my weekend was spent inside as well, so nothing exciting to share. Don’t you love it when the hubby loves a recipe so much he begs for it to be made again, right after eating it? Win!
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green recently posted…Almond Oat BitesMy Profile

  20. I sure wish I had some exciting things to tell you about, but I just don’t. I do have to fly to Dubai today.. only to sit in the airport until I catch he next flight home. Stupid visa runs. Only good thing about this pointless trip is I GET A DRINK!! What to have.. What to have. Oh the decisions!! :)

    p.s. this recipe looks delicious & your photography skills are looking fabulous.
    Jessie recently posted…MIMM: Cheesy Crab & Egg WafflesMy Profile

  21. That looks soooo good! I am so going to add it to my meal plan for sometime next week.

    We took the boys sledding today since we got walloped with snow Friday. They had a blast and so did we!!

  22. I don’t think I’ve ever had a chili that tastes healthy….even a simple vegetarian one! I think it’s all the spices that go into it. Or the large amount of cornbread I devour simultaneously. One or the other. :-)

    Something I did this weekend? I went on a barcrawl with my college friends in Boston. It was a reunion/birthday extravaganza!
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  23. Sorry I don’t have anything exciting to share either – I didn’t leave my house at ALL yesterday!! I did make monster cookie dough dip that was pretty frickin’ sweet – and would be right up your alley with peanut butter and chocolate!! maybe after the challenge? ;)
    Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted…Weekend Update: 1/5/14My Profile

  24. I enjoy smelling up my apartment building hallway with great scents :)
    Marisa @ UProot from Oregon recently posted…Wild Blueberry Oat Scones with Lime GlazeMy Profile

  25. Wife left me at home this week with no food, so I decided to make this

    • Man, your wife really needs to step up her game and prep meals for you when she has to be gone on business. Or, the other option is employing her full-time as a stay-at-home-mom to Mitchell. Home-cooked meals for the hubs plus a walked dog and a clean condo everyday. I think it’s a win-win for all parties ;)


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