Chicken Enchilada Soup

Okay, guys. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I have documented in (painful detail) the descent into madness that comes from 4 snow days. The snow was pretty, the snow was fun, we like snow. The first snow day was fun. And then we all got a little The Shining on each other (sans the axe or the creepy twins). I have probably gone soft during my years in Louisiana.

Because I have gone soft and because my house is 80 years old (but feels like 52 million years old right now), we were reallyreallyreally cold a lot of time, which resulted in us eating a lot of soup. Lasagna Soup. Corn Chowder. Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. And this one.

On the Mexican soup spectrum, this is kind of the polar opposite of our Chicken Tortilla Soup. While that one is spicy and lime-y and thin and broth-y and kind of relies on the add-ins, this one is hearty and filling and taste just like chicken enchiladas. Except soup. So either that’s really weird for you or it sounds amazing (or a little bit of both, in which case, I totally think you need to just take a walk on the wild side. You won’t regret it, I promise.)

To get started, you’re going to need a whole bunch of vegetables (that your kids and husband are never gonna see–score.) You’ll need a chopped onion, garlic, carrots, celery, a red bell pepper, and a jalapeño pepper.

veggies for chicken enchilada soup

In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and saute until fragrant and the vegetables are tender.

While the vegetables are cooking, combine the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and smoked paprika.

spices for chicken enchilada soup

When the vegetables are tender, add the spices and stir to combine. add the chicken broth, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes,

tortillas broth and tomatoes

and water and then blend until smooth using an immersion blender (you can also it in batches in a regular blender). Bring to a boil and tear the tortillas and add them to the soup (6 will be pretty thick, it just depends on personal preference). Cover and turn the heat down to low and simmer 30-45 minutes or until the tortillas are breaking apart. Remove from heat. Whip out your immersion blender again and blend until smooth. Add the remaining tomatoes, the shredded chicken breast meat from a rotisserie chicken

rotisserie chicken for enchilada soup

and the cream and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with green onions, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips. Makes 8 servings.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 56 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (remove the seeds and membranes to cut down on the heat)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cumin
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 56 6″ yellow corn tortillas
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Shredded breast meat from 1 medium rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • chopped green onions
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and saute until fragrant and the vegetables are tender.
  2. While the vegetables are cooking, combine the chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, and smoked paprika. When the vegetables are tender, add the spices and stir to combine. add the chicken broth, 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, and water and then blend until smooth using an immersion blender (you can also it in batches in a regular blender). Bring to a boil and tear the tortillas and add them to the soup (6 will be pretty thick, it just depends on personal preference). Cover and turn the heat down to low and simmer 30-45 minutes or until the tortillas are breaking apart. Remove from heat. Whip out your immersion blender again and blend until smooth. Add the remaining tomatoes, the shredded chicken breast meat and the cream and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with green onions, shredded cheese, and fried tortilla strips.

Notes

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • After sautéing the vegetables, add them to your slow cooker and add the spices. Stir to combine. Blend with the chicken broth and 1/2 cup of tomatoes until smooth, either with an immersion blender or in a traditional blender. Add water and torn tortillas and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. If necessary, blend again. Add the remaining diced tomatoes, shredded chicken breast and cream, stir to combine, and serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8

 

47 comments

  1. Loved it!!! Made it last night and it was a hit!! I’m just glad there are leftovers!! Yum!! thanks for your wonderful recipes!!!

  2. Made this and LOVED it! What a great way to use up some of the older tortillas in my fridge. I definitely should have doubled this we ate every last drop!

  3. Heaven! Both my kids ate this and my husband and I added pickled jalapenos on top as well. My mouth is watering at thought of eating it again! Another win for OBB 🙂

  4. This tastes just like enchiladas in a bowl. Such a great easy recipe … thank you! minimal preparation and dinner was ready when we walked in the door:-)

  5. I don’t love the flavor of corn tortillas. Could I just leave them out or would that be total chicken enchilada soup blasphemy?

  6. This looks very similar to the Chicken Enchilada Chili from Zupas, which is my hands down favorite. I’m excited to try this and see how it compares. Looks delicious! Do you think it would freeze very well? I haven’t experimented with freezing milk-based soups or soups with cream.

  7. I feel your pain on the snow days. We’ve had so many this year I have lost count. It’s around 10, including all of last week. I found a great way to deal with them, though. My husband and I went to Puerto Rico, where it was 85 and gorgeous, and my parents stayed with our kiddos. The kids were on better behavior because Grandma and Grandpa were here so there was way less fighting, Grandma and Grandpa loved the bonding time with the kids, and I got to be completely devoid of responsibility somewhere sunny and warm. Win, win, win!

    And the soup looks delicious! I have leftover chicken tortilla soup in the fridge, but as soon as we finish that one I’m going to try this one. Thanks!

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