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This Mexican Chicken Soup recipe is an awesome authentic recipe to have year-round! It comes together quickly and is bursting with flavor! Make a family night into a Mexican Night with this easy, light, and budget-friendly meal.

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If you want to wake up your taste buds, make this easy Chicken Mexican Soup recipe! This authentic Chicken Mexican Soup recipe, which is often called caldo de pollo in Mexico and Latin America, is full of protein and nutrients so you can feel good about what you are eating. An ultimate comfort food that’s made with simple ingredients, loaded with lean chicken breast, black beans, corn, and a variety of veggies to keep you full and satisfied.

For more easy and filling soups, be sure to try our Creamy Potato Soup with Shrimp and Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup!

Why You Will Love This Recpe

  • Quick and Easy Preparation: This simple chicken soup recipe is hassle-free and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Explosion of Flavor: The soup is bursting with authentic Mexican flavors, thanks to ingredients like taco seasoning, black beans, and tomatoes with green chilies.
  • Nutrient-Rich and Protein-Packed: Packed with protein and nutrients, this Mexican Chicken Soup is a perfect choice for a healthy meal.
  • Meal Prep Friendly: The soup stores well, making it perfect for meal prep. Prepare a batch, store it in containers, and enjoy it throughout the week. The flavors even improve as they meld in the fridge!
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Ingredients Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Chicken Mexican Soup recipe:

  • Olive Oil: Adds a rich taste to the soup and helps cook the onion and pepper.
  • Yellow Onion: Gives a nice flavor base and makes the soup aromatic.
  • Red Bell Pepper: Adds a sweet and tangy taste to the soup. You may add red, yellow, orange, or green bell peppers
  • Black Beans (canned, drained, and rinsed): Adds protein and fiber, and gives the soup a hearty feel.
  • Tomatoes with Green Chilies (canned, undrained): Adds a spicy and zesty flavor to the soup.
  • Frozen Corn: Adds a sweet and crunchy element to the soup. You may use canned corn.
  • Tomato Sauce (canned): Provides a smooth texture and enhances the tomato flavor. You may use crushed tomatoes or a combination of tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes.
  • Diced or Shredded Cooked Chicken: Adds protein and substance to the soup. You can use chicken breast for a leaner option or chicken thighs for more flavor.
  • Taco Seasoning: Infuses the soup with Mexican spices, giving it an authentic taste.
  • Chicken Broth or stock: Forms the liquid base of the soup and brings all the flavors together.
  • Salt and Pepper: Balanaces all the flavors.
  • Optional Garnishes (Fresh Cilantro, Light Sour Cream, Diced Avocado): Add extra flavor and freshness according to personal preference.

How To Make This CHicken Mexican Soup Recipe

  1. Sauté Vegetables: Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Sauté yellow onion and red bell pepper until softened.
  2. Add Beans and Tomatoes: Incorporate black beans, tomatoes with green chilies, and frozen corn. Stir well.
  3. Add Tomato Sauce and Chicken: Add tomato sauce and diced or shredded cooked chicken to the pot. Sprinkle taco seasoning and mix.
  4. Pour in Chicken Broth: Pour chicken broth into the mixture and bring it to a simmer. Let it cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Season to Taste: Taste the soup and adjust the flavor with salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Serve with Optional Garnishes: Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro, light sour cream, or diced avocado, if desired.
close up white bowl of Mexican chicken soup topped with a small amount of sour cream and fresh cilantrp

Expert Tips

  • Boil or pan-fry the chicken to cook it before adding it to the soup. Let it cool slightly before cutting it into bite-sized pieces or shredding it with forks.
  • Drain and rinse black beans before adding to reduce sodium and enhance the soup’s texture.
  • Don’t skip the simmer time. Let the soup simmer for the recommended time to allow flavors to meld and develop.
  • Chicken: If you do not have leftover chicken or want to save time by not cooking chicken from scratch, you may use Rotisserie chicken
  • Optional toppings: Consider different toppings to add to this soup like some tortilla chips or strips, diced avocados, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, sliced jalapenos, and so on.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make this soup spicy?

I love to use the diced tomatoes to adjust the spice level. I recommended the kind with green chilies for mild spice, but you can opt for the ones with jalapenos for a kick or habanero for a fiery twist.

What can I substitute for taco seasoning?

You can make your seasoning using a mix of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and oregano.

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts in this recipe?

Absolutely! Chicken thighs can be used for a richer flavor, or you can choose chicken breasts for a leaner option. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

Is there a way to make this recipe vegetarian?

Sure! Just omit the chicken and use vegetable broth. Add extra beans or tofu for protein.

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Serving Suggestions

Try any of these Mexican sides or appetizers to make your entire meal a fiesta!

Storage Recommendations

This authentic Mexican Soup is even better the next day! Here’s how to store your leftovers:

  • Refrigerating: Allow the soup to cool before transferring it to an airtight container. It will keep for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing: Use freezer-safe containers or freezer bags to store the soup, leaving space at the top for expansion. It will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  • Reheating: If frozen, let the soup thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
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Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 4 people
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
side shot of a white bowl of chicken mexican soup
An easy yet flavor-packed soup full of chicken, black beans and veggies that’s ready in less than 30 minutes.



  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, or avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 15 ounces can of black beans, drained and rinsed, one can
  • 14.5 ounces can of tomatoes with green chilies, undrained, one can
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 8 ounces can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of diced or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: Cilantro, light sour cream, diced avocado


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes or until just softened.
  • Add the black beans, canned tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chicken and taco seasoning. Stir to combine. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve the soup immediately, garnished with cilantro, sour cream, and avocado if desired.


  • use rotisserie chicken if you want to cut down on time
  • you may use cooked chicken thighs instead of chicken breast
  • any other beans of your choice will work instead of black beans
  • add different toppings of your choice like tortilla chips or shredded cheese


Calories: 387kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 33gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 456mgPotassium: 1246mgFiber: 14gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1424IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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