Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

By Rena Awada | Updated On December 3, 2021

This Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe is so creamy, thick, and easy to make. Loaded with hearty shredded chicken and beans, it is a crowd-pleasing soup that’s full of your favorite Mexican flavors and very comforting and delicious.

easy enchilada soup recipe

Enchilada soup is one of the most flavorful soup recipes that are not only filling and comforting, but it is also full of flavor and a crowd-pleasing soup recipe that will put a smile on everyone’s face. They are loaded with beans, chicken and all the Tex-Mex flavors you love all in one delicious bowl of soup. This easy to make Creamy Chicken Enchilada soup is perfect for any night of the week especially on a busy weeknight when you just need dinner ready in no time.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP

This chicken enchilada soup recipe is made on the stovetop. We will also be showing you further on how to make it on your crockpot, slow cooker, and instant pot. 

Note: Recipe calls for cooked shredded chicken. Either get a storebought rotisserie chicken and use that or cook your own at home using chicken breast (scroll down to learn how to cook the chicken for your enchilada soup).

To make enchilada soup on your stovetop:

  • Prepare vegetables and ingredients: Set up all the ingredients and get your shredded chicken ready.
  • Cook vegetables: Add butter or oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. First, add the onions, celery, carrots, bell pepper, garlic and cook until softens, about 5-6 minutes. Then, stir in seasonings, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Cook and prep soup: Lower the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are very tender.
  • Blend: remove from heat and using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth and creamy. (This is optional if you don’t want to blend you can skip this step).
  • Add beans and chicken: Place the soup back over medium heat and add in beans, corn and shredded cooked chicken. Stir to combine and boil for a couple of minutes, just to heat it all up.
  • Serve: Pour into bowls and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
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CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP TOPPINGS:

Some optional toppings you can add to your creamy chicken enchilada soup are

  1. Chopped avocado
  2. Sliced jalapeño
  3. Fresh chopped cilantro
  4. Green onions
  5. Lime wedges
  6. Sour cream or yogurt etc.
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How to cook chicken for enchilada soup

Cooking the chicken is quite simple. It would be easiest to use a rotisserie chicken but you can certainly cook your own. We recommend using skinless and boneless chicken breasts.

  • Add chicken into a pot full of water
  • We like adding some sort of herbs to give the chicken some flavor. Use half an onion and a bay leaf. sometimes we use a cinnamon stick but not for this particular recipe.
  • Allow boiling for about 15-20 minutes until you easily insert a knife or a fork through the chicken.
  • Then, drain in a colander and let it cool off
  • Finally, using your hands or forks, shred chicken.
  • If you have an Instant pot, you can simply make this Instant Pot Chicken Breast to use in this enchilada soup.
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How to make chicken enchilada soup using an instant pot, crockpot or slow cooker

There are other ways to make chicken enchilada soup other than using your stovetop. Here are other ways to cook up your soup.

Chicken enchilada soup using an Instant Pot:

  • Using the saute option, add the oil or butter in the instant pot, then add the onions, celery, carrots, bell pepper, garlic and cook until softens, about 5-6 minutes.
  • If using raw chicken, add in with the veggies in the previous step at the bottom.
  • Add in the seasonings, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth.
  • Next, add in the beans, corn, and shredded cooked chicken (if using pre-cooked shredded chicken). Stir to combine.
  • Then, place the lid on the Instant Pot and seal. Using the “manual” setting, cook on high pressure for 10-12 minutes.
  • Allow the instant pot to natural release for 10 minutes or so before doing a quick release.
  • Finally, remove the lid from Instant Pot, shred the chicken (if used raw whole chicken breast), and serve with your favorite toppings.
  • Note: You may remove a portion of the soup towards the end. Blend it and then add it back into the soup. Mix and serve.
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How to cook chicken enchilada soup using a crock-pot or slow cooker

  • In a pan or skillet, add oil or butter over medium-high heat add the onions, celery, carrots, bell pepper, garlic and cook until softens, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Transfer to crockpot or slow cooker and add in the seasonings, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth.
  • Then, add in beans, corn, and shredded cooked chicken. Stir to combine cover and set it on High for 2 hours or low for 4 hours if using cooked chicken.
  • Note: You may add raw chicken breasts to the crockpot or slow cooker right before you add in the veggies at the very bottom and set it to cook longer. 6 hours on low and 4 hours on high. Then towards the end use a fork to shred the chicken.
  • Also Note: You may remove a portion of the soup towards the end. Blend it and then add it back into the soup. Mix and serve.
easy chicken enchilada soup recipe

How do you thicken chicken enchilada soup

To thicken your enchilada soup, mix about 1-2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour with some cold water and add over the soup and let it cook for a few more minutes.

Another option would be to blend some of the beans and add them back in to make the soup thicker.

How to store chicken enchilada soup

Place your creamy chicken enchilada soup in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Store in the freezer for 3-4 months. To reheat, place in a pot/pan and reheat on the stovetop or microwave in a bowl.

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chicken enchilada soup recipe

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Thick, creamy, and easy to make. Loaded with chicken and your favorite Tex-Mex ingredients.
4.96 from 321 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Butter or Ghee or avocado oil
  • 1 Medium Onion diced
  • 2 Celery Stalks sliced
  • 1 Medium Carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 15 oz Diced fire-roasted Tomatoes 1 can
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 14.5 oz Red Kidney Beans drain and rinsed, 1 can
  • 14.5 oz Black Beans drain and rinsed, 1 can
  • 1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Sweet Corn
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • 1 Cup Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend for garnishing
  • Salt and pepper, to your taste

Instructions

  • Melt butter or ghee (add avocado oil if using) in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, celery, carrots, bell pepper, garlic and cook until softens, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in seasonings, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are very tender.
  • Remove from heat and using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth and creamy. Place the soup back over medium heat and add in beans, corn and shredded cooked chicken.
  • Stir to combine and boil for a couple of minutes, just to heat it all up.
  • Then pour into bowls and top with shredded cheese or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

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Notes

Substitutes:
  • Fresh, frozen, or canned corn
  • Oil- avocado, olive oil, or vegetable  oil
  • Try Shredded turkey, ground chicken or ground turkey
Storage:
Place leftovers in a container and store in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. Reheat in the microwave when ready to eat. You can freeze for up to 3-4 months.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 1121mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3542IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Laura says

    5 stars
    This was SO delicious and easy. The flavors are great. I’m wondering how the texture would change if u doubled the veggies?

  2. Rachel says

    5 stars
    Delicious! I realized I was missing tomato paste and substituted with marinara sauce (3x the tomato paste measurement), and it still turned out great. We enjoyed mixing dollops of sour cream once the soup was served into our bowls to cool down the soup a bit too.

  3. Jackie Hodge says

    I’m planning on making this. If I use a crockpot do I have to pre cook the chicken and veggies or just put it in the crockpot? Thanks! Cant wait to try it!

  4. Kara says

    5 stars
    I loved this healthy creamy onion that used vegetables blended to thicken instead of cream cheese as I was looking for a lower fat version. This is packed with healthy veggies and has a good base flavor you can add to if you prefer. I added one large Serrano pepper with seeds and garnished with light sour cream, fresh thinly-sliced jalapeños, shredded Mexican cheese and cilantro. So filling and flavorful on a fall day!

  5. Kelly says

    5 stars
    This was the best soup I have ever made. I cannot believe how healthy it is. This will be a consistent dish I make for soup season!

  6. Janis Barnett says

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe. Love the blended vegetables. I added a little bit of enchilada sauce and we loved it even more! Thanks for sharing a recipe my family will be enjoying for many years.

  7. Alexandra G says

    5 stars
    Yummy! This was so good . Even my pickest eater ate it. I did blend it a lot so she wouldn’t see all the veggies. 10/10 I’m excited to share this recipe with family.

  8. Pam says

    5 stars
    I made this for my family almost as directed (no black beans-my family hates them) and it was a hit. I provided crushed tortilla chips, chopped jalapenos, sliced avocados and sour cream for toppings. The next time I skipped the blender step and used 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of pinto beans. Although not as creamy it was a little more rustic and we liked it even better. No leftovers!

  9. Jess says

    5 stars
    I followed verbatim (I added chiplotle seaaoning for some heat). It was phenomenal. Def keeping this recipe for future meals. Amazing! Super clean Ingredients also which I love.

  10. Sonya says

    5 stars
    I made this for my family last night and everyone loved it! I topped it with sour cream, which I definitely recommend because it was delicious. I was anticipating a large amount of leftovers, as there are only 3 people in my family, but we ate all of it. I can’t wait to make this again. It is definitely a new family favorite. Thank you!

  11. Jennifer says

    5 stars
    This is so good! I usually add more broth once blended as I tend to get more chicken then called for and it isn’t soupy.

  12. Esraa says

    Thanks you for sharing this recipe, cant wait to try it!!
    Do you add any kind of cream while cooking ? Or just you top it with sour cream?

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