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Chicken Enchilada Soup is THE dinner for those nights when you’re craving enchiladas but don’t have the energy for all that rolling. Black beans, chicken, and corn make it hearty and satisfying, while a smoky, spicy broth gives it Tex-Mex flair. Add your favorite toppings and grab a spoon!

a bowl of quick and easy chicken enchilada soup

Why You’ll Love This Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

  • Based on a Reader Favorite. Love my Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup but don’t want to wait around for the slow cooker? Problem solved: make this creamy chicken enchilada soup recipe! You’ll get the same bold flavors, minus the wait.
  • Big Tex-Mex Flavor. Taking its inspiration from Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Enchilada Skillet, and Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas, this enchilada soup recipe is smoky, spicy, earthy, and zesty—pretty much everything you want in a dinner with Southwest vibes. 
  • Unbelievably Fast. Some soup recipes need to simmer away for hours to reach perfection, but not this one! We’re talking 10 meager minutes of prep time, 15 minutes of cooking time, and dinner’s ready to go.
  • Healthy and Satisfying. We’ve got lean protein thanks to the chicken and beans, along with plenty of vegetables. This adds up to a soup that’s good for you and that will leave you (comfortably) full—it’s a soup that’s worthy of a meal!
chicken enchilada soup recipe that can be made on the stove in under 30 minutes

How to Make Chicken Enchilada Soup

The Ingredients

  • Vegetables. Yellow onion, red bell pepper, celery stalks, and garlic. Basically, a mirepoix plus red bell pepper.
  • Chipotle Pepper. You’ll need some peppers and some of the smoky sauce they’re packed in. For a milder green chile chicken enchilada soup, use canned green chiles, which aren’t as hot as chipotles (but also aren’t smoky).
  • Seasonings. Ground cumin, smoked paprika, ground oregano, chili powder, and kosher salt.
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth. Using low-sodium broth gives you more control over the flavor of the finished dish.
  • Tomato Sauce. Thickens and flavors the broth.
  • Black Beans. Drain and rinse them well.
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts or Thighs. Whichever option you prefer. Thighs will be a little juicer.
  • Frozen Corn. No need to shuck fresh; canned will work also.
  • Fresh Lime Juice. Brightens things up, adding tangy flavor to our chicken enchilada soup.
  • Toppings. Cilantro, avocado, tortilla strips, shredded Mexican blend cheese, queso fresco—go to town! I love a cheesy chicken enchilada soup, so I like to add a generous handful of shredded cheese to my bowl.

Market Swap

Swap the black beans for a can of pinto, kidney, or Great Northern beans if you’d like. This is also a great opportunity to use fancy heirloom beans—just add 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans to replace canned.

The Directions

sauteeing vegetables in a pot for quick soup recipe
  1. Cook the Vegetables. Until softened.
perfectly spiced chicken enchilada soup recipe
  1. Add the Seasonings. Cook until fragrant.
simmering a pot of chicken enchilada soup for a crowd
  1. Bring to a Simmer. Add 3 cups of chicken broth and tomato sauce; bring to a simmer. 
chicken breasts for healthy chicken enchilada soup
  1. Cook the Chicken. Add the chicken, return to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and cook partially covered until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
shredded chicken for easy chicken enchilada soup recipe
  1. Shred. Use two forks to shred the chicken, or you can dice it.
chicken enchilada soup with beans and corn
  1. Simmer Again. Stir in the remaining ingredients, and let them get cozy.
fresh lime juice for chicken enchilada soup
  1. Finish. Stir the lime juice into the chicken enchilada soup, then season to taste. Ladle into bowls, add your desired toppings, and ENJOY!  

Recipe Variations

  • Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup. After removing the soup from heat, stir in plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream) to make an extra creamy chicken enchilada soup.
  • Enchilada Soup With Pre-Cooked Chicken. You can substitute the uncooked chicken for rotisserie chicken or leftover Baked Chicken Breast. Skip the step of cooking the chicken in the broth and simply add the pre-cooked chicken with the beans and corn.
  • Vegetarian Enchilada Soup. Swap the chicken with extra beans and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make this a meatless enchilada soup.
a large stove pot of the best chicken enchilada soup recipe

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate chicken enchilada soup in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Heat up leftovers on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze this soup in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating according to the instructions above.

Meal Prep Tip

Get a head start on this recipe by dicing the vegetables a day or two beforehand. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.

What to Serve with Chicken Enchilada Soup

a bowl of the best chicken enchilada soup recipe ready in just minutes
  • Dutch Oven. A kitchen multitasker perfect for making this chicken enchilada soup.
  • Ladle. An essential for serving soup.
  • Garlic Press. I love this garlic press because it’s easy to pop out the garlic remnants after you’re done using it.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Thaw the Corn Fast. Forget to thaw the corn? It happens to the best of us! Just place it in a colander and run warm water over it until it’s no longer frozen.
  • Use an Instant-Read Thermometer for the Chicken. Whether it’s Cowboy Chicken and Baked BBQ Chicken, or this chicken enchilada soup, an instant-read thermometer is the best way to know when your chicken is done—and keep it from over-cooking.
  • Make the Soup Thicker. If you’d like, you can remove a cup or two of the soup from the pot, puree it in a blender, and then add it back to the pot.
  • Adjust the Spice Level as Needed. This isn’t a spicy soup, but it does have a little zip to it. To make it milder, dial back (or omit) the chili powder and chipotle pepper.
a bite of cheesy and creamy chicken enchilada soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

5 from 13 votes
Black beans, chicken, corn, and cheese make this quick and easy chicken enchilada soup recipe hearty and satisfying. Done in just 25 minutes!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper diced (a scant 2 cups)
  • 3 celery stalks chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle peppers in adobo plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 3 to 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice from about 1 lime
  • Toppings: cilantro, avocado, tortilla strips, shredded Mexican blend cheese, queso fresco

Instructions
 

  • In a Dutch oven or similar large pot, heat the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chipotle pepper in adobo plus the sauce, cumin, paprika, oregano, chili powder, and salt. Cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add 3 cups of the chicken broth and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken, return to a simmer, then partially cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and let simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through (it should reach 165°F on an instant read thermometer). Transfer the chicken to a bowl or a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred it with two forks or dice into bite-sized pieces.
  • To the pot, add the beans, corn, and chicken. If you’d like the soup a bit thinner, add the remaining 1 cup chicken broth. Let simmer 10 minutes minutes to warm everything through and allow the flavors to marry. Stir in the lime juice. Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, loaded up with your toppings of choice.

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Notes

  • Feel free to use any kind of beans you like—kidney, Great Northern…or a mix!
  • This recipe is not overly spicy as written, but if members of your household are sensitive to spice, you can omit the chili powder and some or all of the chipotle pepper in adobo for less/no spice.
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate chicken enchilada soup in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Heat up leftovers on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze this soup in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating according to the instructions above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8)Calories: 327kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 35gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 76mgPotassium: 1183mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 956IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 4mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. This recipe is absolutely phenomenal! I just made this for myself and my husband, and we are absolutely obsessed! We love how high protein this soup is, and it really makes for a full, satisfying meal. This soup will definitely be a a repeat in our house!5 stars

  2. I made this soup tonight and it was insanely delicious! My husband and two boys, ages 9 and 10, all loved it too. It had great flavor, was easy to make for a weeknight dinner and I loved how healthy it is with all the veggies! As my kids said, this is definitely a “make again meal”. I just found your site and am excited to try out some of your other recipes!! Thanks so much!!5 stars

  3. This soup was amazing! My husband even raved about it and asked it add it to our rotation. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard him ask to repeat a recipe, so that’s saying something. Thank you for this! Saving 1/2 in the freezer to have another night.5 stars