Smoked Chicken-Banana Pepper Soup Recipe
A little chilly weather won’t stand a chance against this spicy soup. Instead of eating pickled banana peppers only on sandwiches, pizza slices, or salads, mix them into this soup for a mild, tangy, and slightly sweet flavor. We love this recipe because it’s a complete departure from typical chicken soup, and chicken soup is obviously much better and tastier when it doesn’t come out of the can. Here, we combine pickled banana peppers and veggies with tender chicken, crispy bacon, and fluffy white rice for a tasty and warm soup that finishes quite deliciously in the slow cooker. Fully cooked smoked chicken from a local barbecue joint, refrigerated prechopped veggie mix, and boil-in-bag rice help to cut down on prep time. But you can also substitute shredded barbecue pork without the sauce in place of chicken. Just make sure you don’t throw away the bacon fat left in the skillet, as you’ll use it to toss the vegetables until they’re tender. This smoky banana pepper soup is sure to warm your heart and stomach. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread or croutons sprinkled on top, and you're all set!