Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
This Chicken Enchilada Soup is Mexican comfort food that’s a super easy, flavorful entree made in a crockpot. The frigid days of winter call for warm, spicy dishes.
This Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup packs a little heat and a lot of deliciousness into every spoonful. It’s perfect for game day as the slow cooker will keep it warm until halftime.
Why You Must Make
- The warming power of a spicy soup should not be underestimated. 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 add some heat, and those can certainly be adjusted to your palate. But there is so much more to this lovely soup.
- This fabulous enchilada soup 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 crockpot, 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 of days ahead of time and keep it parked in the fridge so you’re set on soup day!
- Kitchen Staples – Olive Oil, Yellow or White Onion, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Sugar
- Jalapeno – Remove the ribs and seeds to tone down the spiciness
- Seasonings – Cumin, Chili Powder, Cayenne
- Cans of Whole Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce
- Chicken Stock or Broth – I like Pacific brand
- Frozen Corn (fresh corn would be wonderful when in season)
- Can of Black Beans – Drain and rinse
- Chicken Breasts – cooked and shredded or Rotisserie Chicken for a shortcut
- Garnishes – Grated Cheddar, Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Fresh Cilantro, Jalapeno slices, Chopped Onion
- Mexican Black Beans from Oh, Sweet Basil
- Herb Garlic Bread
- Black Bean Salad
- Hearts of Palm, Artichokes, Avocado Salad
- Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
- Cornbread Muffins
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??
Frequently Asked Questions
First, you’ll need to saute the onions, garlic, and peppers. This softens and concentrates their flavor. Season, then add tomato products and bring to a simmer.
The chicken must be cooked, cooled, and shredded. Use leftover grilled chicken or a rotisserie chicken to make it easy. Then, just dump everything, except the toppings, into the slow cooker and cook as directed.
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 to temper the heat.
Cilantro, chips, diced onion, and more peppers are all terrific options, too. You can even slice up strips of tortillas and fry them for a crispy garnish.
Shredded cheddar, white or yellow, sharp or mild works well. Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack, if you’d like a little more heat, are also great alternatives.
Without any toppings, enchilada soup is quite healthy. It’s loaded with tomatoes, plus black beans and chicken for protein. The calories will add up if you load up your bowl of soup with toppings, especially cheese, sour cream, and chips.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
A hearty, spicy Tex-Mex chicken soup made in a slow cooker. Adapted from The Kitchn
For the enchilada sauce:
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
- 3 cloves of 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 (fresh corn is always a delicious alternative)
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
- 2 to 3 pounds bone-in chicken breasts, browned, roasted and shredded (or use rotisserie chicken)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Cayenne pepper, optional
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Tortilla chips
- 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.
- 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).
- Give the soup a taste and season the soup with additional salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, if needed.
- Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, and cilantro.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 620Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 545mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 79g
21 Comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup”
Mother Nature decided to throw her weight around this weekend and send us some snow. If this were on hand watching those little flakes fall would have been much easier. Luckily, I can make this any time of the year!
It’s so cold here that a big bowl of this soup would really warm me up inside and out! YUM!
This is wonderful. I love the ingredients. I’ve made Dean Fearing’s original version, which was good, but to me, no better than when I just wing it and create my own version. Which is what I do love about this soup – it’s so versatile.
I’ve never tried Enchilada Soup, but this creation is right up my alley. What’s not to love about it? A hearty and earthy combination of chicken, corn, beans, tomatoes, and cheese (Lots of cheese for me please!) – that’s so gorgeous and comforting. Perfect for this time of the year!
So nice to see this again! The enchilada sauce sounds great on its own! But in the soup it must be awesome!
This is wonderful — exactly the sort of soup we like. Tons of flavor, and I’m always a sucker for jalapeno peppers. 🙂 Really neat recipe — thanks.
This looks amazing – think I’ll introduce it to my kitchen too!
I love this soup and that cheese on top makes it even more super comforting
Winter has arrived with a vengeance in the North East. This soup is a perfect way to warm up.
Soups on and this one is on my list! I love a hearty soup, thank you!
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.
This looks incredible and I love using my slow cooker! Cannot wait to try this one, Liz!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Nine degrees below zero in Aspen. Seriously and really.
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. 🙂
I like spicy soups, this sounds good:@)
I seriously need a huge bowl of this flavourful warming soup right now. It looks totally irresistible!