This was very good in the end, but I could see some obvious ways to improve it right off the bat, therefore I did. Brown the chicken whole and then shred it. Since you're dirtying a pan by browing the chicken anyway, add the onions to the pan to sautee first instead of putting straight into the slowcooker. When all is done, use a little of the broth to deglaze the pan with. I could see the amount of cumin called for being really overpowering, so I only used 1 teaspoon, and made up the other with chili powder. I used freshly cooked beans and low sodium broth and this soup was still fairly salty and very flavorful, so beware if you use canned beans and regular salt broth. Rinse the beans really well. I also found I needed to add a lot more broth. I'll be adding this one to our favorite soup folder as everyone loved it.
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This was very good in the end, but I could see some obvious ways to improve it right off the...