Fiesta Lime Chicken Chowder

Low Carb / Keto / Gluten Free

Here in Pittsburgh, we are currently in the midst of winter and are trying our best to stave off the effects of frigid wind and plentiful snowfall. When the cold is just relentless and shows no sign of giving up, I always reach for a delicious comfort food dish. One of my favorites is my Low Carb Fiesta Lime Chicken Chowder.

While the soup itself is warm and comforting, the south-of-the-border flavors radiate a much needed *pop* that will perk you up and fill you with energy! Who couldn't use a little fiesta when everybody else wants to mope around and take a ciesta? Best of all, the ingredients are thrown in a crock pot, making your dinner simple and easy to clean up!

For my Fiesta Lime Chicken Chowder specifically, I always shred the chicken to make sure that each bite contains all of the ingredients. Other times, I won't shred the chicken and just leave it as is, spooning the delicious sauce over the top and any vegetables that I'm serving!

If you are looking for a great make ahead meal that you can freeze or eat throughout the week, this is definitely one of them! I like to keep a couple containers full of this soup in my freezer and in just minutes on the stove top, I have a hearty meal ready for me!

Low on time or lazy? Instead of preparing each individual ingredient, simply combine chicken, cream cheese and a container of your favorite salsa in the crock pot and let it cook! I like to use the fresh salsas offered at the grocery store -- they work great!

Looking for another delicious soup that will warm you heart and soul? Check out my Zuppa Toscana!

Fiesta Lime Chicken Chowder

Fiesta Lime Chicken Chowder

Fiesta Lime Chicken Chowder


  • 1 pound of chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 block)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • a few dashes of liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of pepper
  • * garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, lime wedge and chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine all ingredients into crock pot and set on high for at least 4 hours, or 6-9 on low.
  2. After cooking, shred chicken with two forks directly inside of the crock pot.
  3. Serve with your favorite sides and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, a lime wedge and chopped fresh cilantro!

What is your favorite comforting soup for the frigid winter months? Comment below!

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  1. Angie on January 24, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I made this for an incredibly picky husband and he absolutely loved it! Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. It’s now a weekly recipe in our house.

    • Dominic on January 29, 2016 at 1:37 am

      So glad that you enjoyed it!

  2. Jennifer on January 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Hi I was just wondering if you could tell me how many serving the fiesta lime chicken chowder is. ? Thank you

    • Dominic on January 29, 2016 at 1:41 am

      I’d say 4-6 for this recipe.

  3. Kimberly on June 15, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Looks super yummy and filling. I’m interested in knowing the carbs per serving. I’m still in induction and trying to stay under 20 net carbs a day.

    • Dominic on June 19, 2015 at 12:26 am

      It just depends on the carbs in your salsa or cream cheese, so plan accordingly.

  4. Betty McCormick on April 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    How many carbs per serving?

  5. Julia on March 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    This sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it this week!

  6. Kristy on March 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Is the serving size 4?

    • Dominic on March 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      That sounds about right.

  7. Suzanne on March 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I just made the short-cut version with Frontera tomatillo salsa a few days ago- It was wonderful!

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