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This spicy, hearty, and EASY Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup is a low-fuss, easy soup recipe that’s ready to be loaded with toppings! With a smoky enchilada base, juicy chicken, and beans, it’s here to spice up your evenings all fall and winter long.

a bowl of crockpot chicken enchilada soup with cheese on top

Why You’ll Love This Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

  • It’s Nourishing, Not Boring. If you think wholesome, nutritious soup tastes bland, this recipe is here to change your mind. This delightful crockpot enchilada soup is healthy yet totally comforting with tender chicken, creamy beans, tasty veggies, robust spices, and a little kick to clear your sinuses (it’s not too spicy though).
  • It’s a Delicious, Low-Fuss Dinner. Like my Chicken Tortilla Soup and White Chicken Chili, this soup is incredibly flavorful, scrumptious, and simple. It’s a “dump-and-go” crockpot recipe—with minimal precooking required (this Crockpot Lasagna Soup is another great low-fuss option). For a stovetop version, check out Chicken Enchilada Soup.
  • It’s Great for a Crowd. Whether you’re prepping for a large group of people (like a game day party or potluck) or simply hoping to get ahead on meal prep, this slow cooker chicken enchilada soup is a fabulous place to start (as is my Healthy Turkey Chili). This recipe makes a hearty six servings, freezes like a dream, and can be doubled. Everyone will love it!
healthy crockpot chicken enchilada soup in a slow cooker

5 Star Review

“This soup is so yummy! I just had a bowl and had to let you know how great it is. Thank you for sharing this.”

— MIchelle —

How to Make Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

The Ingredients

  • Chicken. Plump, lean chicken breasts become ultra-tender as they slow cook in the crockpot and pack this soup with hearty, healthy protein.

Substitution Tip!

You may also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs in this crockpot chicken enchilada soup. Note that the cooking time may need to be increased slightly since thighs tend to take a little longer to cook than chicken breasts.

  • Onion + Garlic. For a little zip and zing.
  • Cumin + Chipotle Chili Powder. Add depth and lend a robust smoky flavor to the enchilada soup.
  • Enchilada Sauce. Either make your own Enchilada Sauce or go with your favorite store-bought variety (I love this same shortcut in my Chile Verde Pork).
  • Chicken Stock. The primary cooking liquid for this crockpot chicken enchilada soup.
  • Cornmeal. Helps thicken the soup slightly while adding a mild masa (corn) flavor.
  • Black Beans. Provides texture and an extra dose of plant-based protein.

Substitution Tip!

You may swap the black beans for a can of pinto beans if you prefer them over black beans.

  • Corn. A can of Mexican corn is my go-to for this soup because it provides extra spice and flavor.

Market Swap

Alternatively, you may opt for fresh or frozen corn kernels.

  • Fire-Roasted Tomatoes and Green Chiles. These two convenient canned options give instant complexity.
  • Sugar. Balances out the acidity of the tomatoes and the heat of the spices.

The Directions

uncooked chicken breasts in a crockpot
  1. Add the Chicken. Top with salt and pepper.
onions and garlic in a skillet with cumin and chili powder
  1. Sauté the Onions. Add the garlic and spices.
sauted onions, spices, chicken stock, and cornmeal in a slow cooker with chicken breasts
  1. Combine. Add the onion mixture, chicken stock, and cornmeal to the slow cooker.
adding corn and black beans to crockpot chicken enchilada soup
  1. Stir. Add the enchilada sauce and remaining ingredients.
a slow cooker filled with chicken enchilada soup
  1. Cook. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours.
shredded chicken for enchilada soup
  1. Shred the Chicken. Two forks work well for this.
added shredded chicken to a crockpot enchilada soup
  1. Stir. Add the shredded chicken and sugar to the slow cooker.
crockpot chicken enchilada soup ready to be served with toppings
  1. Serve. Add desired toppings. ENJOY!

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup Toppings

I love to smother the soup in all manners of tasty toppings, which I insist you do, as it really makes the dish. Here are the best toppings for enchilada soup:

the best chicken enchilada soup served in a bowl with avocado and cheese

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Leftover crockpot chicken enchilada soup may be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in a covered container.
  • To Reheat. Soup may be warmed on the stovetop or in the microwave until steaming.
  • To Freeze. Crockpot chicken enchilada soup may be kept frozen in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Leftover Ideas

Portion leftover soup into individual microwave-safe containers for an easy grab-and-go lunch option. This chicken enchilada soup is also delicious when served over a mound of cooked brown rice, quinoa, or farro.

a bowl of creamy crockpot chicken enchilada soup

What to Serve with Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • Skillet. A high-quality skillet, like this one with anodized aluminum, is essential for any kitchen.
  • Slow Cooker. I’ve owned this one for years and love that once the timer is up, it automatically switches to “keep warm,” so my food stays hot without overcooking and is ready for me when I get home.
  • Ladle. The best way to transfer soups and stews (like this Spanish Chicken Stew) to storage containers and bowls.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • For the Thick Soup Lovers. If you enjoy a thicker soup consistency (us too!), follow these steps: After removing the chicken, transfer 2 big ladlefuls (about 2 cups) of the soup to a blender and puree until smooth (or use an immersion blender). Stir it back into the slow cooker. This added step makes the soup richer with a more complex flavor too.
  • Use Low Sodium Broth. The sodium content of homemade and store-bought enchilada sauces can vary. Choosing a reduced-sodium broth ensures your soup will not become too salty when combined with the enchilada sauce.
  • Don’t Overcook the Chicken. Like my Crock Pot Shredded Chicken, the chicken in this recipe is fully cooked when it registers 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Don’t let it cook too long, or it may become tough and dry.

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup

4.95 from 17 votes
This easy crockpot chicken enchilada soup recipe is rich and smoky with fast prep. Load it up with cheese and all of your favorite toppings!

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 6 servings (about 8 cups)


  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus additional to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder (increase to 1/2 teaspoon if you prefer more of a kick)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can reduced sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 cups red enchilada sauce homemade or store-bought (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can reduced sodium black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes in their juices
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Mexican-style corn drained or 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles drained
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • For serving: tortilla chips and/or nonfat plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese


  • Place the chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or large slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the onion and cook until softened and beginning to turn translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cumin, chipotle chile powder, and garlic. Let cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then transfer to the slow cooker with the chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl or large liquid measure cup, whisk together the chicken broth and the cornmeal. Add to the slow cooker. The cornmeal will likely sink to the bottom of the bowl—simply scrape it out and into the slow cooker.
  • To the slow cooker, add the enchilada sauce, beans, diced tomatoes, corn, and green chiles. Stir (don't disturb the chicken—just do your best to combine the ingredients around it), then cover the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours, until the chicken is fully cooked through and registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred using two forks. (See notes section below for tips on thickening the soup, if desired.)
  • Stir in the sugar, then return the chicken to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Taste and add additional salt as desired (some enchilada sauces may be saltier than others). Enjoy hot, with toppings of choice.


  • FOR A THICKER SOUP: After removing the chicken, transfer 2 big ladlefuls (about 2 cups) of the soup to a blender are puree until smooth (or use an immersion blender to puree it slightly). Stir the blended soup back into the slow cooker. This added step makes the soup richer with a more complex flavor.
  • TO STORE: Leftover crockpot chicken enchilada soup may be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in a covered container.
  • TO REHEAT: Soup may be warmed on the stovetop or in the microwave until steaming.
  • TO FREEZE: Crockpot chicken enchilada soup may be kept frozen in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.


Serving: 1(of 6) without toppingsCalories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 30gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgPotassium: 808mgFiber: 9gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1020IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 4mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Crockpot Enchilada Soup with Beef?

I have not made this soup with beef before so it would be an experiment. If you try it, I suggest browning ground beef with the onions and garlic before adding to the crockpot. You could also try swapping the chicken for browned pieces of beef stew meat. Note that the cooking time will likely need to be adjusted.

Can I Make Chicken Enchilada Soup in the Instant Pot?

I have not made this recipe in an Instant Pot before so it would be an experiment. If you’re looking for a spicy, Instant Pot soup, try this Instant Pot Chili.

Is Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup Spicy?

The overall spice level of this soup will largely depend on the enchilada sauce you use and the brand of chipotle chili powder you select. If you prefer a more mild soup, you can reduce the amount of chipotle chili powder and use mild enchilada sauce.

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  1. This soup is so yummy!! I just had a bowl and knew I had to come let you know how great it is. Thank you for sharing this.5 stars

    1. Thank YOU for trying the recipe Michelle. I’m so happy to hear you liked it, and I really appreciate you leaving your review too!

  2. When making this amazing soup I thought, “A Midwesterner probably doesn’t know spicy” so I added a couple more adobo peppers and chucked more sauce in too. Wooooooo baby! My hubby & I sat slurping our soup & wiping our noses at the same time! Obviously the amounts given were plenty. Amazing flavor. I’ll stick to the recipe next time!!5 stars

    1. Heidi, I do like my spice, but I bet it was great with a little extra kick. I’m glad you liked the flavor, even if it was hot :) Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out for you!

  3. Hi Erin,
    I just made this soup, and it’s SUPER spicey. Any way to cut the heat???? Unfort my daughter won’t eat and a bit too spicey for me. I followed your suggestion to only do 2 peppers if senstitive to spice, but this is really hot. thanks

    1. Hi Kerri, I’d suggest using lots of cool, creamy toppings—avocado, sour cream (or greek yogurt), and cheese will definitely help to tone it down. If you do try the soup again, you can omit the peppers entirely or try using just one or half of one to get to a heat level that you enjoy!

  4. Can I substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the chicken thighs and if so, how does that affect the cooking time?

    1. Hi Anastasia! I’ve only tested the recipe with thighs, but I think breasts would work fine. I’d recommend checking them for doneness a little earlier. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  5. Delicious and so easy to make. I made this by the recipe and the only addition was when I served it we added a squeeze of lime juice. Really a lovely soup and I’m adding it to my list of favorites.5 stars

  6. Hi Erin, Is it possible to have a link to the original recipe? This is a new version and I preferred the old one with chicken thighs and chipotle peppers in adobe sauce…

    1. Hi Ashleigh, Please email me at and we should be able to get you that original recipe. Thanks!

  7. I’ve been looking for a recipe for this type of soup for a while. I made this one yesterday and it is absolutely delicious! I can’t wait for the leftovers. It looks a little like a chili and is warm and filling, but is not heavy like some soups and chilis can be. The homemade enchilada sauce is a great addition. If you like a thicker soup, following the thickening tip is a must! It adds awesome flavor and texture. It’s a5 stars

  8. This was easy and delicious! I actually used tofu instead of chicken and I made this stove top vs crockpot. The flavors are fabulous! I topped our bowls with Greek yogurt, cilantro and avocado which was a perfect combo! Thank you Erin once again for a great meal.5 stars

  9. I sautéed the onions and after the soup was done, I removed most all of the onions, as I have a sensitivity to onions. I was unable to buy frozen corn at the store, therefore I purchased frozen mixed vegetables and used only the corn. For sugar, I substituted a tiny bit of honey.

    This soup is delicious and hardy.5 stars