This was the easiest thing in the world to make! I used my slow cooker, and I started by dumping in the following ingredients and stirring them all together:
1 onion (chopped)
1 can of kidney beans (drained)
1 can of black beans (drained)
1 can of whole kernel corn (drained)
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 bottle of beer (I used a Sam Adams Oktoberfest, and it worked great)
1 can of Italian-flavored stewed tomatoes (drained and roughly chopped)
1 package of dry taco seasoning
Then, I took three chicken breasts (boneless/skinless) and pushed them down into the mixture until they were covered up, and cooked the whole gosh-darned thing on low heat for 5 hours. When it beeped at me, I pulled the chicken breasts out of the soup and shredded 'em to bits (I just put them on a plate and used two forks to shred them, nothing fancy), then stirred the shredded bird bits right back in and cooked the whole gosh-darned thing on low heat again, this time for 2 hours.
When it beeped at me for the second time, I served it up in bowls, and topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and a nice big dollop of sour cream. It was delicious! I made cheesy garlic bread to go with it, but I think tortilla chips would be pretty nice, too. I might try that next time...and with this soup, there's always a next time, because it makes a TON and it freezes like a dream. What's better than that?
Even though this soup is not incredibly spicy, it does have just enough kick to it to warm your insides on a cold night...and I think it probably pairs best with a nice hoppy IPA like a Mad Tom. Yum!