Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup packed with shredded chicken, black beans, and corn in a spicy tomato broth is filling and delicious.

226 CAL 31g CARBS 3g FAT 26g PROTEIN
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This Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup is one of those soups that stick to your ribs and keep you full all day. The canned enchilada sauce gives it tons of flavor and it is full of chicken, beans, and corn. It's a favorite along with this Slow Cooker Taco Soup and Cabbage Soup.

I love making soup. Any kind, any flavor, any style...but, I have to admit that Chicken Enchilada Soup is definitely one of my favorites. It makes it to the top ten at least. It combines all of my favorite things — warm soup and of course Mexican food.

It's like eating all the warmth of the Southwest in a bowl. In fact, often it is compared to a thicker version of this chicken tortilla soup and, when done right, should taste just like you are slurping up an enchilada. In a good way, though — a delicious way. It’s the perfect soup to make on cold nights and when you want to curl up with something warm.

This soup is easy to customize so you can fill it with all your favorite flavors and ingredients. All you really need to do is throw open your pantry and refrigerator doors and see what ingredients you have that will work with this soup. Odds are, you probably have a lot of them on hand already.

Also, depending on your preference you can up the spice level in this soup by using more chili powder or by adding a few diced jalapeno peppers. Or, consider making up a big batch and freezing the leftovers for those nights when you don't have time to cook.

Looking for something slightly less smoky? Try this Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup instead.

Can I Make Vegetarian Crockpot Enchilada Soup?

Don't let the "chicken" part of this soup scare you off if you are a vegetarian. It's easy to adapt for a plant-based diet. Simply eliminate the chicken and use a vegetable broth. I'd add in a can of pinto beans and corn for protein and a little extra texture. Also feel free to add in other veggies, like some riced cauliflower or diced sweet potatoes.

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup in a blue bowl with shredded cheese.

How Do You Make Your Own Enchilada Sauce?

Sometimes you're all set to make a meal and realize you're out of one ingredient. Rather than go to the store or scrap the meal altogether, why not try to learn to make these sauces and other ingredients if you can? One such staple I have found myself missing on more than one occasion is the enchilada sauce. The good news is, it's easy to make your own.

You'll need a few ingredients:

  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups of beef (or chicken or vegetable) broth
  • 1/4 tsp each of dried oregano, ground cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • 2 tsp of chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Simply mix everything together in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add to your soup and enjoy!

Side Dishes to Serve with Chicken Enchilada Soup

While this soup is hearty, I do usually like to serve it with a little something else to round out the meal.

  • Cornbread is an easy side to whip up and goes great with most soups. Try making it from a simple boxed mix or try one of my favorite versions.
  • This soup is also good served over white or brown (or cauliflower) rice or with rice on the side.
  • Crusty rolls or French or sourdough make a great addition to this soup. Slice up or pull apart a baguette and serve it restaurant-style in a basket for everyone to share with a side of butter or olive oil for dipping.
  • Crispy Baked Broccoli is another great side to eat along with soup. If you're not a fan of broccoli, try roasting up some cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green beans, asparagus, or whatever veggies you have on hand.\
  • Make some Mexican-style street corn by grilling corn on the cob and adding a little butter (or use spray butter or olive oil) and sprinkle on some chili powder or paprika and chopped cilantro and eat it right off the cob.
  • Try a side of broccoli, cabbage, or kale slaw marinated for a couple of hours in your favorite vinaigrette. Don't knock it till you try it!

What Toppings Go With Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup?

Toppings are my jam, and I consider them the sprinkles to my dinner cupcakes if you will. For this soup, try adding any or all of the following: chopped tortilla strips or chips; cilantro; diced red or white onions; sliced green onions; thinly sliced avocado; chopped jalapenos; cheddar, Monterey jack, or pepper jack cheese; queso fresco, Greek yogurt or light sour cream; sliced black olives; or your favorite hot sauce.

The Recipe
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup with shredded cheese and cilantro.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

226 CAL 31g CARBS 3g FAT 26g PROTEIN
COOK TIME: 4 Hours, 30 Min
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 40 Min
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  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz canned diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 14 oz. can enchilada sauce
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup masa harina (or corn meal)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese

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Add the chicken breast, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, garlic cloves, salt, onion, peppers, tomatoes with green chiles, enchilada sauce, chicken broth, and tomato paste to the slow cooker.


Cook on low for four hours. Remove the chicken and shred with 2 forks. Return to soup and add the beans.


Mix the masa harina (corn meal) with 1/4-1/2 cup of water (more if needed) until smooth. Add to the soup and let cook for 30 more minutes. Top with 2 tbsp. cheese. You can also stir it in depending on your preference.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.25 cups (489g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226
Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 1250mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugars 6g
Protein 26g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Toppings: chopped tortilla strips, chips, cilantro, onions, avocado, chopped jalapenos, cheese, Greek yogurt, light sour cream, etc.
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Julie Howard
January 31, 2016 - 13:36
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This soup is very tasty and really does taste like you are slurping an enchilada. :) Hubby, 9 kids, and I enjoyed for Sunday lunch and everyone was pleased. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread.
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