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Southwestern chicken soup in a white bowl by a striped napkin.

Southwestern Chicken and Vegetable Soup

An easy, hearty and nutritious soup packed full of chicken, vegetables, black beans and southwestern seasonings.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper about 1 medium pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 3 cups fully cooked shredded chicken
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups tightly packed chopped fresh kale
  • Lime juice desired amount for topping
  • Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a dutch oven or soup pot.  Add onions and bell pepper.  Cook for approximately 6 minutes, or until vegetables are softened, stirring frequently.  Add garlic and cook an an additional 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, tomatoes with juices, chicken broth, black beans, corn and chicken. Season with desired amounts of salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add chopped kale, stir to combine and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until kale is tender.
  • Top with desired amount of lime juice and fresh chopped cilantro when serving.


Adapted from Eating Well