Monday, September 10, 2012

Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken Stew

I was asked to create a dinner for two inspired by the colors and flavors of Santa Fe, New Mexico, so I created something you can enjoy with one other loved one or more: Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken Stew.

Santa Fe Inspired Crock Pot Chicken Stew - The Silly Pearl

I created this recipe using two soup mixes available at World Market…Southwestern Chili and Potato and Corn Chowder.

The Southwestern Chili Mix contains beans, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, chipotle, smoked paprika, and ancho chili. Many of these spices I do not have in my pantry, so I loved that they were all mixed together for me in this package. In addition, it contains masa harina which is ground up corn and is used for thickening.


The Potato and Corn Chowder Mix might not sound like Santa Fe! But it had corn, onion, celery, chives and bell pepper, which would give the stew some flavor without me having to chop up a bunch of veggies. The potato, which is kind of strange, would also help thicken the stew as well plus add some interesting texture.


I also found these refreshing drinks to go with our meal…Soiree Sangria, Mojito, and Margarita Mocktail sparkling beverages.


All of these ingredients I found at World Market together created such beautiful colors! I had to look for some accessories with this Southwestern color palette!


I love using cloth napkins as placemats, or pieced together to make a big tablecloth.


These soup bowls are the perfect colors as well.


A close-up of my purchases from World Market:


Now I’m ready to start cooking.


I opened up the soup packs to see exactly what was in them. As mentioned, the Chili Mix had a spice mix and a packet of masa harina along with mostly beans. In the Potato and Corn Chowder Mix was corn, potato, bell peppers, herbs and a pack of chicken soup base. Since I had chicken broth at home, I decided not to use the soup base.


So I started dumping everything in…first a can of cream of tomato, which I also got at World Market. Then I poured in the Southwestern Chili pack, and the Potato and Corn pack (but not all of the potato). Then I sprinkled in about half of the Masa Harina and about half of the spice mixture, both of which came with the Southwestern Chili pack. I then added about half a box of chicken broth.


I sprinkled some of the spice mixture from the Southwestern Chili pack onto two chicken breasts, and rubbed it in on both sides. I submerged them into the crock pot.


Finally, I added chopped fresh cilantro, chopped fresh tomatoes, and sauteed onions and garlic and cooked on high for 6 hours.


After about 2 hours, it was really starting to smell goooooood in the house!


All done. I shredded the chicken before serving.


I ladled the stew over rice in our new soup bowls. I prepped all kinds of crunchy, cool toppings for the stew, like sour cream, scallions, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, and more fresh tomatoes, and I garnished with tortilla chips and a lime wedge. I poured out our mocktails which were so refreshing and such pretty colors, into our new blue-rimmed glasses. I loved the colorful backdrop of our new table linens. All ready for our romantic Santa-Fe-inspired dinner for two!

Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken Stew - The Silly Pearl

Oh wait, you two are here. Nevermind. Well, lucky for you, there’s plenty of food. Yes yes yes fine, you can have a chip.(Yes, that happy birthday sign is from last April).


You can also serve the stew over a tortilla…


…or scoop it into a chip! The two of us (and the other two of us) really enjoyed our festive meal.


And I loved the convenience of making this meal using the pre-packaged soup mixes. I did expect style from World Market, but I was pleasantly surprised that shopping there made dinner so easy as well!


Santa Fe Crock Pot Chicken Stew


  • Two chicken breasts, patted dry
  • One pack World Market Southwestern Chili
  • One pack World Market Potato and Corn Chowder
  • 1 can Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
  • 1/2 box (about 16 oz) Chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic (either minced or left whole)


Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil until softened. Open the spice mix from the Southwestern Chili pack and rub some onto the chicken breasts. Then add the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot: the cream of tomato soup, chicken broth, the beans, half the Masa Harina and half the spice mix from the Southwestern Chili pack, all the corn and half the potato from the Potato and Corn Chowder pack, cilantro, tomatoes, and the sauteed onions and garlic. Submerge the chicken rubbed with spices into the mixture. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken with a fork, and serve over rice or tortilla. Suggested toppings: lime, sour cream, scallions, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, fresh tomatoes.


I have loved World Market since I was a kid (back then, it was called just Cost Plus). Even back then, I loved its eclectic, international and unique style. Today I love shopping at World Market to integrate the most beautiful and flavorful the world has to offer into my everyday life.

Santa Fe is a beautiful place to visit, and you could win a trip for two by entering World Market’s Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes! The Grand Prize package includes:

  • A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
  • Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with a Master Chef
  • Personally signed glossy cookbook
  • Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo Restaurant
  • Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
  • A $1,000 World Market gift card

There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card! And if you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012. Good Luck!

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.



  1. That looks so delicious, I need to try that recipe for sure! I love cooking with my crock pot.

  2. Steph, the stew sounds wonderful! What a smart idea to combine the two mixes! Love the way you used the other ingredients and decor from World Market to create the charm and artful vibe of Sana Fe!


  3. Yummay!!! I love my crockpot and need to use it more and more!!! Thanks for the recipe! xo

  4. Oh my...this sounds so delicious and definitely gives me visions of Santa Fe cuisine!

  5. yum Steph!! This sounds so good!! And what great bowls - I love those colors! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. This looks sooooo good - going to have to make this one. I love World Market - such cute things.

  7. using my craock pot this time of year and this looks absolutelyl delish!!

  8. Sounds yum and I LOVE the colors of those crocks. Cute stuff!


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