There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Ladle this Mexican-style soup directly over crunchy tortilla chips for a main everyone will love. This slow cooker version is filled with smoky chipotle and spicy chopped green chiles. The heat will mellow considerably after cooking for several hours, so don't be too concerned about the amount of heat going in at the beginning. Top the soup with your favorite taco or tortilla soup toppers: diced avocado, crumbled queso fresco cheese, chopped white or green onion, and cilantro. If you have any leftover breast meat, shred and use as a taco or enchilada filling.