Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans

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If you are craving some Tex-Mex food but want something different from tacos or burritos, then you have to try this Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans. Flavorful chicken thighs plus fresh sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, jalapeno, and spices are used to create this hearty soup.

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Southwestern Chicken Soup

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

This Southwestern chicken soup recipe would be fantastic as a part of your dinner menu to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or for when you are craving Tex-Mex flavors.

This delicious soup packs a ton of flavor into every bite. Adding some fresh lime juice and cilantro right before serving really brightens the flavors and pulls them all together.

This soup makes a great appetizer, or pair it with a crisp, green side salad for a satisfying meal.

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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How Do I Make Southwestern Chicken Soup?

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Southwestern Chicken and Black Beans Soup Recipe

Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

If you are craving some Tex-Mex but want something different from tacos or burritos, then you have to try this Southwestern Chicken Soup with Black Beans.


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 lbs (900g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth/stock, divided
  • 4 ears fresh sweet corn, husked and kernels removed
  • 2 (15-oz/400g). cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 limes, quartered
  • ¼ cups fresh cilantro (fresh coriander), chopped


  1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large, high-sided skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove browned garlic with a slotted spatula and discard.
  2. Unroll the chicken thighs and season both sides with salt and black pepper, to taste. Add chicken to hot skillet and brown on both sides, approximately 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Add just enough chicken broth to the skillet to cover about one-third of the chicken thighs. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 40-45 minutes until the chicken is pull-apart tender.
  4. Once tender, carefully shred the chicken with 2 forks while still in the skillet. Add corn kernels, black beans, chopped tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and cayenne pepper to the skillet and top off with the remaining chicken stock. Stir to combine and season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Increase the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes until heated through. If time permits, simmer longer to give flavors more time to mingle.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in juice from 2 whole limes and fresh cilantro. Serve immediately with remaining lime wedges. Enjoy! Southwestern Chicken and Black Beans Soup Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 1781mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 13gSugar: 9gProtein: 29g

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