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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Chicken enchilada soup puts Mexican comfort food into a delicious and easy slow cooker soup recipe. The frigid days of winter call for warm, spicy comfort food.

This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup packs a little heat and a lot of deliciousness!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup in a soup bowl on a white plate

Chicken Enchilada Soup

The warming power of a spicy soup should not be underestimated.  Or a spicy slow cooker dish like this tempting Crock Pot Mexican Casserole. On a cold winter’s day, a cup of  piping hot chili or chicken enchilada soup brings comfort from the tips of your chilly toes all the way through to your bones.

Jalapenos and cayenne pepper do most of the work, and those can certainly be adjusted to your palate. But there is so much more to this lovely soup. It is made in a slow cooker, so most of the cooking time is hands-off. A good percentage of the ingredients are just dumped into the crock pot, so that’s a definite bonus.

Just note that there’s a simple, homemade enchilada sauce that you need to make to add to the other ingredients. You can always whip that up a couple days ahead of time and keep it parked in the fridge so you’re set on soup day!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup in a white ceramic bowl garnished with chips and cheese

Pile on the Toppings!

This soup is yummy on its own, but why not make it even more delicious by adding some fun toppings. Shredded cheese is a must, and if you’ve made an uber-spicy version, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt is also imperative. Cilantro, chips, diced onion, more peppers are all terrific options, too.

Just save this slow cooker soup recipe for when the next cold front is heading your way—you won’t be disappointed! What’s your favorite wintertime soup??

A couple of things you may need to make this chicken enchilada soup recipe:

Cuisinart 6-Quart Crock-Pot

6 inch kitchen utility knife

More Spicy Comfort Foods to Warm You Up:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

A hearty, spicy Tex-Mex chicken soup made in a slow cooker. Adapted from The Kitchn

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Chicken, Soup
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Ingredients

For the enchilada sauce:

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock

For the soup:

  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 2 to 3 pounds bone-in chicken breasts (may quickly brown skin side if desired)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, optional

To garnish:

  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and jalapeño and cook until soft. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and sugar and cook for about a minute. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker.
  2. Add the corn, beans, and chicken to a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Cover and set on low for 6 to 7 hours (or high for 4 hours).
  3. Remove the chicken and shred. Return shredded chicken to the crock pot. Give the soup a taste and season the soup with additional salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, if needed.
  4. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, and cilantro.
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33 comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup”

  1. I seriously need a huge bowl of this flavourful warming soup right now. It looks totally irresistible!

  2. I like spicy soups, this sounds good:@)

  3. I don’t know if it is even going to get cold here in Florida but that won’t stop me from trying your soup. 🙂

  4. Nine degrees below zero in Aspen. Seriously and really.

  5. I make a Sopa de Tortilla that is very similar to this, it is absolutely one of my favourite winter soups. Although we haven’t had much winter weather. I love using the slow cooker to make these favourites. I often like to use dried beans to avoid some of the salt but canned are great in a pinch. What a beautifully colourful soup.

  6. I love homemade soups. I like that this one is made in the slow cooker. This one sounds delicious!!
    Liz, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  7. I do like chicken enchiladas, so I am sure I would also like this delicious looking soup. I am a fan of Asian hot and sour soup – so good.

  8. You have just been cooking up a storm! I still have yet to get a slow cooker but i bet i can manage a way to make this delectable soup. It is freezing here and I could use a bowl!

  9. This looks incredible and I love using my slow cooker! Cannot wait to try this one, Liz!

  10. Lizzy,
    We haven’t had many cold days this winter. Christmas Eve was 74 degrees and all the windows were open at my sister-in-laws house. That said, who could pass up such a heart-warming soup.
    Annamaria

  11. Soups on and this one is on my list! I love a hearty soup, thank you!

  12. Lizzy,
    Winter has arrived with a vengeance in the North East. This soup is a perfect way to warm up.
    Annamaria

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