Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe + Tortilla Chips Recipe

Chicken enchilada soup is a delicious, Mexican-style homemade soup recipe, perfect for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesdays. Leftovers are no problem, because this meal freezes well. Your family will love this easy one pot dinner recipe!

I’m not sure why, but so many Mexican recipes focus on providing mouth burning heat. I don’t know about you, but I use spices and hot sauces to add flavor, not to burn my taste buds.

This is especially true in the case of chipotle seasoning, because it’s easy to go overboard, ending with a dish that’s destroyed by “fire”. Seasoning food shouldn’t be about adding spicy heat, it should be about adding flavor. Stepping down from my soapbox now…

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe Seasoning Tips

When making spicy dishes like Habanero black bean soup, it’s best to avoid “dumping” hot sauce in. Add a few drops at a time and taste as you go. It’s easy to add more spice if you want to, but nearly impossible to remove heat from a dish that’s been over seasoned.

When I created the chicken enchiladas soup recipe, I started off adding just a few drops of chipotle flavored Tabasco sauce. Then, I tasted the dish after it had finished cooking and added a few more drops of sauce.

Seasoning the soup this way achieves the smoky, spicy heat level I enjoy. I think the smoky, savory flavor of chipotle hot sauce helps to bring the chicken enchiladas soup recipe to a really delicious level of flavor.

It’s worth mentioning as well that these chicken enchilada flavors are so on point that we’ve made so many variations of this soup. We’ve got our Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe and then also our Chicken Enchilada Casserole which is pretty much this soup in casserole form.. almost Mexican flavour perfection.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

making a chicken enchilada soup recipe on the stove topHomemade Tortilla Chips Recipe

Flour or Corn tortillas both can be cut and baked, making them a perfect garnish to serve with the chicken enchilada soup.

Homemade tortilla chips (or strips) are easy to make! Just follow the directions written out in the photo below.  Easy peasy!

Homemade Tortilla Chips Recipe image

Potluck dinners are common for any occasion, so I like to make dishes that are easy to transport.

This chicken enchilada soup is easy to transfer to a freezable container after it’s been cooked on the stove top. From there, it can be wrapped and frozen for future use, or transported warm, right to a potluck. 

Are you hungry yet?  Ready to make this easy chicken enchilada soup recipe and take it to your next holiday potluck? Let’s get cookin’!

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Chicken Enchiladas Soup (Stove Top Recipe)

Chicken enchilada soup is a delicious, Mexican-style homemade soup recipe, perfect for Cinco de Mayo or Taco Tuesdays. Leftovers are no problem, because this meal freezes well.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 370 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or other neutral flavored, healthy oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup long grain rice uncooked (I used organic brown rice)
  • 16 ounces chicken stock
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green chiles
  • 10 ounces enchilada sauce red or green will work
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle hot sauce (6 or 7 drops)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt optional
  • 15 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese

Optional toppings: tortilla chips, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced green onions, sour cream


    • Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers (about 1 minute). Add onion and chicken and cook for 6-7 minutes, until the onion softens and chicken is no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
    • Add rice and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is starting to turn golden.
    • Add chicken stock, tomatoes, chiles, enchilada sauce, corn, Tabasco, chili powder, and cumin. Stir to combine, then bring liquid to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to medium and bring to a simmer; Cover the skillet and cook, stirring every few minutes to prevent rice from sticking. Let it cook until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid (about 20 minutes for white rice and 30 minutes for brown rice).
    • Remove from the heat. Add the black beans and stir to combine. Top with cheese. Cover and let it rest for 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
    • Ladle into bowls and add optional toppings as desired.


    Serving: 1gCalories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 25gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 793mgPotassium: 675mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 9.9mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 2.8mg
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    1. I’m an inaugural subscriber to Chile Pepper Magazine (way back in the day) and love heat so much that I received Ghost Peppers in my Christmas stocking this past year. — That said, you are so correct. There is no point in searing the taste buds to the point of no return with unnecessary heat. There are very few true Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes that, if made properly, are overly spicy. (If someone wants it spicy, he can add sauce to his *plate*!) — Your featured recipe looks divine and appears to be just the ticket for someone jonesing for Mexican food. Thanks! 🙂

      1. You’re a brave soul with an iron stomach, Adam. I tried a miniscule portion of a ghost pepper in culinary school and felt like my insides were on fire. Short of devouring them in next frozen tundra blizzard, I think I’ll steer clear of them. Flavorful and tingly spiced dishes like this enchiladas skillet are another story altogether. I could eat my weight in this goodness!

    2. Yum! This looks amazing – so perfect for the busy holiday season…or really any time you’re hosting guests! I love the subtle flavor that Tabasco adds to soups. #client

    3. Forget the party! I want this entire pot of deliciousness for myself. This looks like the perfect comfort food to warm me up after shoveling snow for an hour!

      1. You’re not flippin’ kidding about that heavy snow shoveling, Dave. I saw the weather forecast for your area and started shivering on your behalf. It’s gonna hit hard and heavy very soon over here. I think we’ve been lucky that it’s skirted around Appleton. Let’s make a nationwide sized pot of this chicken enchiladas goodness and call it the melting pot of winter! 🙂

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